WELLINGTON, PEI, Thursday, June 17, 2021 – The PEI French Health Network (PEIFHN) is proud and happy to have sponsored 500 books which were distributed to kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students in Prince Edward Island’s French-language schools.
The books Le fauteuil roulant magique de Jaya (Jaya’s Magic Wheelchair) and Les lunettes roses et violettes d’Anna (Anna’s Pink and Purple Glasses) were written by Marlene Bryenton and illustrated by Leanne Bowlan. The books were distributed in collaboration with the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning. Canadian Parents for French also presented these same books to French immersion students. The books feature an optometrist and a physiotherapist, professions that are rarely portrayed in children’s books. We hope children will be made aware of eye health and the reality of mobility-impaired children. The common theme in both books is inclusion.
The PEIFHN was present for a reading of Les lunettes roses et violettes d’Anna to Ms. Dorsaf’s 1B class at École François-Buote. Literacy coach Nathalie Bourque-Mol read the book to the 19 students on Thursday, June 3.
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The PEI French Health Network is a non-profit organization that collaborates with various partners in order to improve access to quality French-language health services and programs for Prince Edward Island’s Acadian and Francophone population. The organization brings together representatives from target community groups, educational facilities, health professionals, health service managers and the provincial government. It is also one of 16 networks that make up the Société Santé en français and Healthbound 18–23: Toward Access. The PEI French Health Network is funded by Health Canada within the framework of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2018‒2023.
Projects and Communications Manager, PEI French Health Network