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The CIF is an organization that welcomes French speaking newcomers and helps them get settled in Prince Edward Island. We also organize activities to raise awareness about cultural diversity. CIF is in charge of  the francophone population growth dossier for the Acadian and Francophone Community of PEI.
Summerside (P.E.I.) July 19, 2017: From July 7 to 9, 2017, La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É. (CIF) was pleased to host Sonia Andre, a teacher at the French college Lycée des Vergers in Brittany. Ms. Andre was here to visit five of her agriculture students doing internships in Prince Edward Island through the AgriInterCulture program.

 

The goal of this program is to alleviate the lack of labour in the Island’s agricultural sector by recruiting qualified workers from other French-speaking countries. Twelve interns from four Breton colleges specializing in agriculture are now working on different farms on the Island. According to CIF Director Jacinthe Lemire, these internships in agriculture are the first step of the AgriInterCulture program. She explains, “Our ultimate goal is still to permanently recruit farmworkers or owners, but internships are an excellent way to build a network here and in Europe and to prepare us for the program’s future.”

 

Sonia Andre was thrilled with her visit. “Our college has been sending interns to Canada for over 10 years now, but this is our first year in Prince Edward Island. I was able to discuss with my students and observe the agricultural situation on the Island, which is quite different from Brittany. Our college will be even better prepared for the students coming to the Island next year. This program is a unique opportunity for our students to learn agriculture from a different angle. It also stimulates their spirit of openness by spending time in a different culture and learning to juggle two languages. We are so proud to have this experience with the residents of Prince Edward Island.”

 

Farmers interested in hosting interns, hiring workers or who are looking for someone to take over their farm may contact Noella Richard at 902-854-3439, extension 222.

For more information, media may contact:

Jacinthe Lemire, Director

902-388-1472

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Alexandre Rébillard, doing a two-month internship at Jewell Dale Farm, with his supervisor, Kevin Jewell, and AgriInterCulture coordinators Noëlla Richard and Yoan Rousseau.

Charlotte Masson, intern at the New Perth horse farm, arrived on June 30 for a two-month internship.




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