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How to engage Francophones when you don’t speak French! Download as iCal file
Monday 11 June 2012, 10:00 - 12:00

Many organizations and partnerships in Ontario have the interest, desire or mandate to engage Francophone communities in their health promotion initiatives. We understand the benefits to doing so, and understand what can be lost when we don’t fully engage our communities in our work. But for many of us, we hit a common roadblock: how can we fully (and meaningfully) engage the Francophone communities in our regions when we don’t speak French?

In this webinar, we’ll briefly review the importance of Francophone engagement and some key principles and factors to consider. The bulk of the webinar will be on three simple steps to take to engage Francophones when you don’t speak the language, including common pitfalls and how to avoid them. Finally, we’ll hear from a local community who has successfully worked with their Francophone populations, and have time for questions and answers.

Estelle Duchon
Estelle Duchon is a Bilingual Health Promotion Consultant with HC Link at Health Nexus. She speaks French and holds a Master Degree in Project Management. Her passions include engaging Francophone communities and supporting organizations in developing French Language Services.

Andrea Bodkin
Andrea has been with HC Link since its inception in 2009 and is currently HC Link Coordinator located at Health Nexus. Andrea has an extensive background in physical activity and health promotion and has worked in local recreation centres and public health units as well as provincial NGOs and agencies. Andrea is a student of French and is passionate about working with Anglophones to build their capacity to engage Francophones.

The registration is now closed.