Interwoven narratives: le Groupe Maurice celebrates multiculturalism!
At Le Groupe Maurice, we embrace inclusivity and encourage interaction among individuals; irrespective of their age, ethnicity, or religion. Recently, we’ve introduced diverse initiatives across multiple Groupe Maurice complexes to facilitate cultural exchange between residents and French language learners. On this Canadian Multiculturalism Day, let’s delve into these captivating projects that promote sharing and life stories!
Celebrating cultural diversity
The French language is deeply rooted in Quebec’s culture, and its mastery represents a true asset for any immigrant wishing to settle permanently in the province. It is therefore an honour and privilege for us at Le Groupe Maurice to support French-language projects which promote language learning and social integration of newcomers.
Among the participating residences, one notable example is Cornelius, which collaborated with the Pauline-Julien Centre to organize intergenerational and multicultural meetings between residents and immigrant students. Not to be outdone, Le Notre-Dame residence partnered with Jean-Baptiste-Meilleur High School in Repentigny to create a colourful and flavourful culinary workshop, aimed at promoting exchange and diversity.
As for the Le Cavalier residence, it has joined the Interwoven narratives initiative led by Fouad Ibno and Mélanie Legault from the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Service Centre. Similar to the aforementioned projects, this educational program focuses on teaching French and promoting Quebec culture. However, it also goes beyond that by fostering meaningful connections between seniors and students, breaking generational prejudices and dispelling stereotypes among diverse communities. Since April, various thematic meetings have been held between Le Cavalier residents and groups of newly arrived students in Quebec.
Intertwining stories of immigrants and residents
The French language is a true gateway to Quebec culture; and the elderly are its finest ambassadors. By engaging in these dialogue circles, typically consisting of three to four individuals, students not only have the opportunity to learn this language brimming with expressions and imagery but also to gain indirect familiarity with proverbs and sayings, all while being exposed to the diverse accents that inhabit la Belle Province. The students benefit from the knowledge and cultural richness of the residents, who in turn educate themselves, embark on a journey and embrace the realities of the world through their interaction with the students.
“After each session, the students returned with a sense of pride in their eyes. Sustaining a conversation in French for such a long time is truly extraordinary for them; even in the classroom, it can be challenging! I’ve been fortunate to witness the open-mindedness of both the residents and the learners, to see a sense of trust being built, and to witness encounters filled with mutual kindness.” expressed Mélanie Legault, the French-language teacher leading this project.
“Meeting these immigrant students has allowed me to travel without having to leave. It’s like a new window to the world and a breath of fresh air. Their courage, energy and involvement impress me greatly. And what can I say about the quality of their French, which is already quite good! Of course, the situation of some students has deeply moved me, especially the Ukrainian students. They hold a special place in my heart. I want them to integrate and know how welcome they are in Quebec.” added Madame Gervais, a resident at Le Cavalier.
Proud to dispense their knowledge, the seniors at Le Cavalier willingly share fragments of their life stories and take a keen interest in the history and experiences of immigrant students. Each participant in this magnificent project benefits from a complete immersion in the other’s culture. In addition to promoting French-language acquisition and dispelling misconceptions, this initiative wholeheartedly celebrates wonderful customs and multiculturalism across generations.
As we anticipate the continuation of these initiatives, or the birth of new intercultural projects, please take a moment to explore a few photos from the recent events.
Happy Multiculturalism Day to all!
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