L'Association francophone des Rocheuses du sud (Francophone Association of the Southern Rockies) seeks to promote francophone education and culture in our region. Established in 2012 in Fernie local parents wanting to see a francophone school opened in their city, a reality that came to life in September 2013 with the opening of École Sophie-Morigeau. AFRoS soon added to its activity roster a preschool storytime (heure du conte) and adult French conversation hour (conversation française) and became the liaison between francophone activities happening locally and provincially that cater to residents of the East Kootenay.
AFRoS's mandate is to represent the southeast part of British Columbia demarcated by the Alberta border to the east, the US border to the south, Highway 1 to the north and the Creston-Revelstoke line to the west. This includes the municipalities of Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Invermere and Golden, as well as the regional districts that surround them. Our Board of Directors is entirely volunteer and can be found under Direction on the main menu.
An Overview of Our Activities (All language abilities welcome, always!):
Heure du conte for preschool age children accompanied by an adult, open to all and free of charge. Come sing, craft, read and have fun in French. All levels welcome. See our calendar for complete schedule.
A new francophone baby in your life? Contact us to receive a Trousse francophone aux couches from the Fédération des parents francophones de la Colombie-Britannique.
Creative Minds Preschool in Fernie offers a French program on Tuesday-Thursday mornings or Monday-Wednesday-Friday afternoons.
AFRoS is a member of the East Kootenay Early Childhood Development Committee