New English-Blogger for 2020!
My name is Catherine Fisher, and I am the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie English‑language blogger for 2020!
I grew up in Calgary (with a few years spent in Edmonton and Toronto) and now live in the beautiful mountain town of Nelson, B.C. I came to the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie through my work with the National Campus and Community Radio Association.
I’m an Anglophone with some Francophone roots. My grandfather lost his mother in an accident when he was young. He was adopted by neighbours, a local Francophone family in southern Saskatchewan. Through the generosity of this family, my grandfather was cared for and learned new perspectives and cultural traditions that stayed with him for the rest of his life.
What does the Francophonie in Canada mean to me?
Many things - but I particularly love the wealth of art, music, literature, and cinema created by Francophones all across the country, every single day.
The arts must be supported by strong cultural institutions, and it will be my pleasure to feature some of these institutions on the RVF blog each week. And not just the arts - Francophones are innovating in media, public policy, technology, sports, and education, too.
There are so many stories to tell, and English-speaking Canadians can learn so much from the Francophonie in Canada. I believe in the value of these cross‑cultural conversations, and I can’t wait to be part of them with my RVF colleague, French‑language blogger, Vanessa Lisabelle.