The Language Committee Report – October 2015


Mem­bers: Stacey Brown (Chair), Louise Camp­bell, Jérôme Blais

The goal of the Lan­guage Com­mit­tee is to sup­port CNMN in main­tain­ing its com­mit­ment to bilin­gual­ism, by pro­mot­ing aware­ness of lan­guage issues, assist­ing from time to time with minor trans­la­tion needs and, every two years, ful­fill­ing var­i­ous kinds of lan­guage facil­i­ta­tion roles at our nation­al FORUMS (for a recent exam­ple, see FORUM 2014). Com­mit­tee mem­bers are invit­ed to reflect on ways in which we can facil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tions in both offi­cial lan­guages and con­tin­ue build­ing a nation­al net­work that can real­ly “speak” to all our members.

Through the 2014–15 sea­son, we as a com­mit­tee have con­tin­ued to work behind the scenes for CNMN, respond­ing to small trans­la­tion requests as they arise and begin­ning to con­sid­er lan­guage facil­i­ta­tion needs and solu­tions for FORUM 2016 in Ottawa.

This com­mit­tee is active­ly seek­ing mem­bers who might be inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing in any of the above dis­cus­sions and activ­i­ties. We are also con­tin­u­ing to build a list of mem­bers who are will­ing to occa­sion­al­ly assist with some vol­un­teer trans­la­tion towards their moth­er tongue (Eng­lish, or French).

Why join the CNMN lan­guage com­mit­tee? Here is what one of our com­mit­tee mem­bers, Louise Camp­bell, responds: “Because both music and lan­guage come from the same source: lis­ten­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. We have the grass­roots resources in the CNMN to make sure all our mem­bers can lis­ten, speak and par­tic­i­pate in the offi­cial lan­guage of their choice, and I want to do what I can to encour­age that. Besides, lan­guages are just plain fun!”

Ques­tions? Think­ing about get­ting involved in the Lan­guage Com­mit­tee? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Please con­tact Stacey Brown for more information


Read past bul­letin entries from this committee:
The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – May 2015


Direct link: The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015
Return to full Bul­letin – Octo­ber 2015