On December 1, leaders from the University of Ottawa, including Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor, Sanni Yaya, Vice President, International and Francophonie, and Richard Barwell, Dean of the Faculty of Education, travelled to southwestern Ontario for the inauguration of these new spaces, located in the Centre Communautaire Francophone Windsor-Essex-Kent.
This visit was also an opportunity to meet with current students and alumni of the Faculty of Education from the Windsor region, as well as a moment to strengthen ties with representatives of the region's Francophone community. Highlights from the event included many testimonials, including one from first-year student Mayan Eid, on the importance of access to French-language education in her home town and the representation of Francophone culture.
"We were very pleased with the day, which gave us the opportunity to meet and talk to our wonderful members of the student body, as well as educational leaders in the region. The venue is beautiful. The audience was engaged, with discussions going back and forth. I am very hopeful that this launch will open up new avenues of collaboration in relation to our programs." said Richard Barwell, Dean of the Faculty of Education
"The day was a wonderful gathering of the Francophone community, our students, Faculty and uO administration to celebrate the opening of our new campus,” indicated Campus Coordinator Thomas Couvillion. “Students now have a place to call their own, and will feel right at home. It is a highly equipped campus that will better meet their needs; I think students feel more connected to the University of Ottawa being in this beautiful location. The day illustrated what makes the Windsor campus so special, it was an opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate the University’s commitment and investment in the students and professors of the Windsor campus by providing high quality educational programs."