Kusinski's claims unwarranted on Trois-Pistoles

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Kusinski will have his day in court.”
Oct. 31, 2007

To the editor:
I think it may be a good time to tell you how the Trois-Pistoles French Immersion program changed my life.

I was a first-time student at the school in the spring of 2005 and arrived in this small, rural town in eastern Québec like most unilingual Anglophones do " bewildered and disoriented. I remember asking, “What have I gotten myself into?”

I was suddenly staying in a home with complete strangers, sharing the facilities and living quarters with other students from across Canada and the world, and clumsily attempting to function in a completely Francophone community.

I wanted so badly to learn French " to be able to communicate with people. It was this motivation that kept me marching through the Maritime fog and cold mist on my way to class each morning.

The incredible warmth and encouragement I received from the citizens of Trois-Pistoles gave me the strength and courage to practise my French in public, with people on the street, in the shops and bars. By the end of the five-week intensive program, I learned how to speak French, about the people and culture of Québec, and also a great deal about myself and what I am capable of achieving if I want it badly enough.

I am now a Master’s student in the department of French Studies, I teach an intermediate French class and I correspond regularly with my Francophone friends whom I met in Trois-Pistoles " all things I would have thought impossible only three years ago. Merci Trois-Pistoles.
"Nicholas Moroz
MA Candidate, French Studies

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