Francophonie Day celebrated at police headquarters

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:40 p.m. March 20, 2019

Ontario’s Attorney General Caroline Mulroney thanked Toronto Police officers for the work they do daily to make the province safe.

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Students from Ecole Elementaire Catholique Saint-Jean-de-Lalande sang the national anthem

“Please know I am well aware of the challenges you face every day and the level of professionalism that this requires of you,” she said at the annual International Francophonie Day celebration at police headquarters on March 20. “Your important work is helping to make our province a safe and enjoyable place to live.

“I am also extremely grateful for your commitment to cultural diversity and your constant efforts to be ever more inclusive.”

Observed annually since 1988, International Francophonie Day celebrates the French language and diversity in French-speaking countries, including Canada.

The FCCC is one of the original six consultative committees and its membership reflects the diversity of the French culture.

“The importance of the consultative committees are so vital in what we try to do when we speak to the modernization plan and how we define value,” said Chief Mark Saunders. “Value is community-centric. It is the ability of working with everybody so that we can effectively figure out how we can solve problems for long periods of time. In order to do that, we have to develop relationships. Working with our consultative committees has given us the vital tools to move in that direction.”

Saunders thanked French Liaison officer Const. Tina Trepanier for providing linguistic support and assistance to field and specialized units within the Toronto Police Service as well as community policing support to members of the French Speaking community of Toronto.

He also acknowledged the FCCC for working closely with the Service to effect change.

“Some of the amazing things that you have done have helped make us better,” he added. “If we are going to service community, we have to do that as a whole. I value each and every member of the consultative committee for taking your time to be here to share with us. We learn from you and become stronger. We are continually looking at how we can challenge ourselves and how we can move forward to serve you the best way we can. One of the most vital tools to accomplish that is listening and we do that each and every day.”

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Police Chief Mark Saunders and Ontario’s Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophonie Affairs Caroline Mulroney with FCCC representatives

Vice-Chair Marie Moliner represented the Toronto Police Services Board at the event.

“We are very proud of the work you are doing with the Service,” she added.

The FCCC works with the French community to recruit French-speaking officers, helps translates documents for the Employment Records Management Unit and aids the Service with the use of social media.”

Students from Ecole Elementaire Catholique Saint-Jean-de Lalande sang the national anthem while Kyris – a mainly French pop music band – performed a musical rendition.

The FCCC co-chairs are Kristine Kijewski and Serge Paul.

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Vocalist Kyris and drummer Agneya Chikde performed a musical rendition at the event
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