Regina, Wednesday June 24, 2015 - André Denis and Denis Marchildon were re-elected respectively Chair and Vice Chair of the Conseil Scolaire Fransaskois (CSF) Francophone school board of trustees by acclamation today. The election occured during the CSF's annual organizational meeting, which precedes the last regular Board meeting of the school year.
Fellow Trustee and re-elected Vice Chair Denis Marchildon was keen to stress the leadership André Denis has shown during his last term as President : "André has demonstrated his ability to act as a unifying force, particularly during relationship-building efforts over the last year between the CSF and the Province."
Another trustee, Elizabeth Perreault, welcomed the establishment of renewed dialogue between educational partners : "We sense that a healthy rapprochement has set in relations between educational partners," she commented, further adding that the last year had allowed trustees to work closely with the administration in implementing the Board's financial recovery plan. "This has fostered greater trust in the Conseil des écoles Fransaskoises' administration", she noted.
The trustees also took the opportunity to pay a warm tribute to veteran Trustee Simone Couture, who bows out after 12 years of service with the CSF, who, in turn shared these words:
"I want to thank the parents and local Board of Trustees in Gravelbourg and Ponteix who had faith in my commitment all these years, as their elected representative for the region. I leave knowing that our Fransaskois school system is in good hands".
Ms. Couture thanked all her colleagues past and present on the Board for their unconditional support and tireless work over the years. It is with a heavy heart that she passes the torch to make way for renewal, she concluded.
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A first-language school today, a bilingual Francophone for life! - The Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (CÉF) is home to 1,900 preschool to Grade 12 students in 15 elementary and secondary schools across the province. Financed by the Ministry of Education, it is the only French as a first language school board in Saskatchewan.
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