Did you know that French Immersion began in Montreal’s South Shore 50 years ago? Three anglophone mothers, Murielle Parkes, Olga Melikoff and Valerie Neale, wanted their children to learn French within the school system and with much perseverance and dedication, they brought about a program that has benefited millions of school children in Canada.

To celebrate, Riverside School Board held a press conference on May 4th to mark the event. See Global’s coverage of the event here.

On the morning of April 4, Canadian Parents for French also welcomed guests from across the country in celebration of the 50th anniversary of French Immersion in Canada. To see more about the event, please click here.

If you want to know more about the history of French Immersion, this bilingual article provides a brief overview of its inception.

Here’s to 50 years and many more!