My Dialogue Friend

Dialogue New Brunswick sponsors a pen-pal program called My Dialogue Friend for students from grade one to nine. The program matches classes from the Anglophone and Francophone sectors with one another.  Dialogue New Brunswick organizes the twinning of classes and provides the necessary paper, envelopes and stamps. Students exchange letters, drawings or other and participate in an end-of-year class project regarding their school and their community.

Interested teams twinned through this program also have the opportunity to participate in virtual exchanges which aim to (1) increase the amount of interaction between twinned students and twinned classes; (2) cultivate long-term friendships; and (3) encourage/promote cooperation between twinned students. A virtual exchange can occur through such programs as Wikispaces, Bridgit, Photostory, etc. Participating teams will be free to employ one or more means of virtual communication.

A registration form can found here .

Please return completed forms to Dialogue New Brunswick by September 16, 2016. Twinning of classes will begin in September/October.

 

Ignite Leadership: Youth Pep Rally

In 2017, this pen-pal program will be 25 years old!  To celebrate, Dialogue NB is organizing a Youth Pep Rally.  Teams that wish to participate in the event will be asked to apply no later than mid-January 2017. 

In June of 2017, Dialogue New Brunswick will host a day of inspiration and motivation for students who participated in its pen-pal program in order to engage this generation in promoting the benefits of linguistic and cultural diversity. This day-long event will be a celebration that brings together English-speaking and French-speaking pen-pals to Fredericton for a memorable event of fun and excitement that will inspire this generation of leaders to return to their communities as torchbearers of appreciation for diversity and social cohesion.

 

Purpose of event:

  • Ignite positive leadership in youth regarding linguistic harmony.
  • Provide inspiration for youth to believe in the notion that a mutually respectful and cohesive society is always possible in New Brunswick.
  • Highlight the efforts and internal perseverance of these younger New Brunswickers to be the torchbearers of positive change and harmonious relations.

 

Key Messages:

  • Youth are the key ingredient necessary to fostering linguistic harmony in New Brunswick.
  • Diversity is our greatest strength.
  • Open-mindedness and inclusiveness strengthen New Brunswick's social cohesion.

 

Expected participants:

  • Over 900 English-speaking and French-speaking students from grades one to nine.
  • More than 100 Dialogue Champions and volunteers.

 

Proposed Schedule of the day:

10:00 - 10:30 am              Participants arrive / Opening remarks

10:30 - 12:00 pm              Music, Songs, Magic, Theatre, Comedy and other pep                                               rally activities

12:00 - 1:00 pm                 Mega Picnic (bring your own lunch)

1:00 - 2:30 pm                   More pep rally activities including motivational                                                       speeches

2:30 – 3:00pm                    Wrap-up and departure of participants

 

Background:

For over 25 years, Dialogue New Brunswick has been shaping champions of understanding, respect, and mutual appreciation amongst French-speaking and English-speaking New Brunswickers. All activities are focused on strengthening our social cohesion by fostering harmonious relationships between French-speaking and English-speaking New Brunswickers. This special event is a day to create a new energy and harness youthful stamina in our ongoing collective efforts towards prosperity and a cohesive community. In addition, in 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. These two worthy anniversaries deserve to be celebrated.

 

Important details:

  • Teams that wish to participate must apply no later than mid-January 2017.
  • Dialogue NB will pay chartered buses to transport students to Fredericton.
  • Registration to the event is free.
  • All participants must bring their own lunch for the mega picnic.

 

 

 

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