Become a member
Become a member of the Conseil Jeunesse
The CJFCB’s members all have unique histories and come from all across the country and even from all across the world. They are francophones, francophiles, or franco-colombians. Some grew up here, others have just arrived in British Columbia, but they all have one thing in common: a love of the French language and a desire to be united as a community.
If you have not participated in one of the CJFCB’s events but would like to become a member, fill out our registration form! It’s free!
Who are the Conseil Jeunesse’s members?
The members of the Conseil Jeunesse are between the ages of 14 and 25. They have taken part in at least one of the CJFCB’s activities over the course of the past year. In the context of our project #LumièreSur, we will introduce a few of them to you.
To be a member of the Conseil Jeunesse, you have to :
• Be between 14 and 25 years old;
• Live in British Columbia;
• Speak French;
• Have participated in at least of the Conseil Jeunesse’s events;
• Adhere to the Conseil Jeunesse’s values.
Why become a member of the Conseil Jeunesse?
Being a member of the Conseil Jeunesse allows you to:
• Attend the Conseil Jeunesse’s Annual general meeting (AGM) ;
• Discuss and vote on important decisions for the Conseil Jeunesse (budget, programming…);
• Submit a mandate to the board of directors (during the AGM);
• Have the chance to participate in all of the Conseil Jeunesse’s activities;
• Be active and engaged towards the development of your community.
Noah Rondeau, 19 years old. Born in the United States and came to British Columbia at age 3. Active member and board member representing the 19-25 year old members of the CJFCB.
Interview took place on September 18, 2015.
“I wasn’t born here, but I grew up here. I’d say that I’ve been a “franco-colombien” pretty much since I was born. I think that this community is one that is still young. We all have parents who come from somewhere else. We’re all immigrants or have parents or families who come from different francophone cultures and backgrounds. Really, we’re all united by this: we’re not really from here, but at the same time we are. We aren’t really defined by a homogeneous culture as much as by a diversity that exists within our community. We are in the process of defining ourselves as a community and that gives us the privilege of deciding what direction we will take and what values we will stand by.
This community is in its genesis. It is constituted by people who arrive and integrate themselves within it. We can choose to value the diversity of our “francophonie” which is brought to us by newcomers. I think that it’s through being super open to this diversity that we can define ourselves. We are more defined by this search of who we are than by who we are in this moment anyway. And in the future it will be up to us to uphold these values of openness and diversity.”
Mohammad Younesi, 16 years old. Originally from France, arrived in Vancouver in July 2014.
Interview took place on August 29, 2015.
“Personally, when I arrived in Vancouver, I was searching for a francophone community. When I found out that there was a group BY and FOR francophone youth, I knew that it was the right place and that I had to be a part of that community. For me, being a francophone in B.C. is like a family, being together and helping each other out.
The community here is important for me because I don’t want to lose my language. I need to practice it. And I love speaking French with people! It’s nice to hear all of the different accents!”
Matilda Bertrand, 16 years old. Canadien. Born and raised in Powell River.
Interview took place on July 24, 2015.
“I’ve been a part of the Réseau Jeunesse since grade eight. My friend Sydney was a part of Réseau Jeunesse for l’école Côte-du-Soleil with Rachel who represented Brooks and they needed someone to replace Sydney. I wasn’t sure because I was shy and not very confortable with the idea, but I told myself: “why not, I’ll try!” So I signed up. By participating in the Réseau Jeunesse I learnt more about the Conseil Jeunesse, I met more people my age and I had my “déclic”. Have you heard about the “déclic”?
“No, what the “déclic”?”
“It’s when you realize that you like being francophone and are proud of it. For a lot of people it happens at Jeux, but for me it happened through the Réseau Jeunesse.”
Sarah Boukhouali, 17 years old. Born in Campbell River.
Interview took place in July 2016.
Sarah is already very involved in sports at her school, although this doesn’t stop her from being excited to participate in the creation and development of other projects with the CJFCB.
Her main goal as the representative for 14-18 year olds is to “be able to hear everyone’s opinions about the CJFCB’s future projects, in order to be able to successfully represent them.”
P.S. She loves to travel!
Rachel Delorme, 21 years old. Born in British Columbia.
Interview took place in July 2016.
“I am 21 and was born in British Columbia. Both my parents were francophone but from different cultures. My mother is from Normandy in France while my father is from Saint-Jérome in Québec. Having parents from different cultures gave me an open mind, especially as a francophone in a mainly English-speaking environment.
It’s not always easy to be francophone in British Columbia. However, maintaining my French has always been one of my priorities. Having the CJFCB in my life was especially helpful in allowing me to grow and to develop my francophone pride. I’m very proud of still being active in the francophone community, even though I graduated from the CSF three years ago.
It’s not always easy to keep living in French after high school. I’m a young adult who wants to devote her time to the francophone youth of BC. French is a huge part of my identity and I’m proud of that!
I think one of my biggest challenges as the new vice-president of the Conseil Jeunesse is that I’m entering a universe that I’m not very familiar with. However, I think my transition into this new role will be greatly facilitated by the awesome team I’m with.
I’ve been able to develop great relationships with them over the years. I’m ready for this new challenge and I’m excited to get started!”