“Whatever the problem,
community is the answer”
– Margaret Wheatley


Students engage in a project that leads to a hands-on learning experience in their community, where they have an opportunity to engage in meaningful activities that motivate them in developing their oral and written French.

Teachers, do you want to motivate your students to learn and speak French for their future? Do you want to involve them in using French in their communities?

Join the Take Action option of I belong here! and implement a project that will help your students develop their interest in learning and speaking French. We are looking for schools from each region to pilot the project this year. If you are selected and participate in an orientation workshop, schools will then brainstorm project ideas with students and submit a project plan and budget (up to $1500).

What activities can your students do in French that are fun and meaningful? They can write or act for younger kids, chat with seniors, help the environment, or host a sports event for families. What suits your community and your students? And who can support you?

Who can apply?

A teacher, principal or CLC CDA can apply on behalf of the school. For Take Action, we welcome interest for projects with students in Cycle 2 Elementary, Secondary Schools, and Adult Education Centres.


This project must be completed by May 31, 2024. It is estimated to take 3-7 weeks to complete.
Application deadline: February 29th
Selected Schools will be contacted by March 12th.

Prepare to apply

Review the 6-step project model here: English, French. Click on the Apply button below and complete the Google Form application (it can be saved and completed in multiple sessions) to express your interest.

Your initial idea can evolve as your project plan develops with students. In the orientation we will review the steps with each teacher and offer any support needed as you plan and implement your project.

Collaborating artists

LAURENCE DEA DIONNE shares their time between three loves: drawing, stories, and family. In their life, and through their works (among others: Nuances, Zen & the Ephemeral, and the Homeward series written by author Francis McNamee), this artist promotes bilingualism, a testament to their Montreal origin, in addition to wellness; most notably mental health and gender identity. Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in art education from Concordia University, Laurence teaches comics in the public system and in the community; sharing the magic of art and speaking to the importance of wellness throughout the world.

SCOTT MACLEOD was born in Canada and is of Norse, Irish and Scottish lineage. Scott is a multimedia artist and filmmaker, he received a D.E.C. in Fine Arts at John Abbott College, a BFA and MA from Concordia University.

He attended The Banff Centre on the Tevie and Arliss Miller scholarship, studied master works at The Uffizi Gallery in Florence on the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Scholarship. He is a fellow at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico and a recipient of the William Blair Bruce European Travel Fine Arts Scholarship from the Canadian Scandinavian Foundation and an affiliate at the COHDS at Concordia University.

His work has been collected by corporations and museums. He teaches privately, consults and lectures on better business and creative art practices. His company MacLeod 9 Productions has collaborated on seven film projects with the National Film Board of Canada to produce educational films, graphic novels and web content as teaching tools for schools, libraries, Parks Canada, museums and the public. His work can be seen at www.macleod9.com.

In June 2017, July 2018, August 2022 and July 2023 he attended the SIM Residency in Reykjavik Iceland. His current film and graphic novel projects are on the Hiberno-Norse settlement of Iceland.