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Thank you for being a part of the vibrant French-American business community in the Pacific Northwest! Overview of this month's newsletter:

  • Highlights from the 7th annual Seattle's French Fest
  • Staff Transitions at the FACC-PNW
  • Upcoming FACC-PNW and FEN Events
  • Chamber News and Community Events
  • Job and Volunteer Opportunities
  • New Member Spotlights
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Highlights from Seattle's French Fest
A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures
On March 24th, we joined our community partners and the public at the Seattle Center Armory to celebrate Francophonie through music, dance, food, and more!
A big thank you to everyone who attended French Fest 2019! This year, we were exceedingly lucky to partner with the Canadian Consulate and welcome Frédéric Choinière ( above, left, with FACC-PNW Executive Director Jack Cowan ) as our distinguished MC. We were also visited by Emmanual Lebrun-Damiens, the Consul General of France in San Francisco ( above, right ), and treated to exciting performances from Gansango African Dance Company and many wonderful Francophone choirs and bands. Read more about these fun events (including how much food we served and updates on contest winners) on the French Fest Facebook Page .

We are immensely grateful to everyone who helped to make this event such a holistic success. From our sponsors, to our community partners and volunteers, we couldn't have done it without you!

Did you know that French Fest is just one of many cultural festivals in the Seattle Center's Festál series? Keep an eye out for other Festál events year-round, and mark your calendars: French Fest 2020 will be on March 22!

Staff Transitions at the FACC-PNW
Bienvenue: Lindsey Townsend
The FACC-PNW is pleased to welcome Lindsey Townsend, who has taken over the role of Operations Coordinator. Some of you may have already met Lindsey at French Fest! She is a University of Washington graduate who recently worked as an English Teaching Assistant in two middle schools outside of Dunkerque. Lindsey is excited to join the Chamber and to work with such a wonderful community. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Lindsey! C onnect with Lindsey on LinkedIn , or c ontact Lindsey at coordinator@faccpnw.org .
Merci et A Plus: Alex Baldwin
Alex Baldwin, the previous Operations Coordinator for the FACC-PNW , began a Masters in Teaching for French at the University of Washington this month . During her time with the Chamber, she increased the revenue for both Beaujolais Nouveau and French Fest while also supporting the increase in trade delegations! While attending school, Alex will remain on as a Board Member with France Education Northwest . You can connect with Alex on LinkedIn , and leave her a farewell note here .

Upcoming FACC-PNW & FEN Partner Events
Chamber News and Community Events
Enjoy dinner from award-winning chef Philippe Boulot, a live auction with Jeff Kingsbury, and more!
Join the Alliance Française de Portland for its sixth annual gala on April 27, 2019, from 5:30pm - 10pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club .
This year’s theme is the unique cuisine and culture of epic Normandy. Attendees will savor a multi-course seated dinner by James Beard award-winning chef Philippe Boulot, paired with French and Oregon wines. Jeff Kingsbury (auctioneer and comedian!) will host a live auction, in addition to live music and other entertainment. Live auction items include unique experiences such a vacation packages, immersion programs in France, and more. There will also be a silent auction featuring premium Portland restaurant certificates, art, electronics and more. Register today to guarantee your spot!
Discover Nantes & The Pays de la Loire Region:
Registration Open for Pre-Paris Airshow Delegation
The FACC-PNW and the WA State Department of Commerce invite you to travel to Nantes and the Pays de la Loire Region on this dynamic and engaging trip where you will learn more about the local industries. 

Situated on the Loire River only 50km from the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a green wonder of western France. Participants will learn about the area's historic shipbuilding past and discover the aerospace, life sciences, and maritime innovations taking place in the region. See how this industrial city has progressed into the future with strong advances in green living, leading Time Magazine to name it ‘the most livable city in Europe’ and in 2013 it held the title of European Green Capital. Before attending the Paris Air Show on June 17, join the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest and the Washington State Department of Commerce on this trip to Nantes!
New Member Spotlight
Job Openings and Volunteer Opportunities
The French Immersion School of Washington in Bellevue seeks a Teacher-Assistant for their Early Years Program for the year 2019-2020.

Candidates must be bilingual French/English. All employees must demonstrate commitment to FISWs mission and be experienced with working at the preschool level. He or she must also be responsible, self-motivated, friendly, willing to work with a team of colleagues, and be adaptable to a working environment with different cultures.
To Apply : Please send your cover letter and resume to Barbara Greiner, Head of School at info@fisw.org. No phone calls, please .

FISW’ s Mission FISW provides an excellent bilingual education in a welcoming environment that encourages critical thinking and curiosity.

FISW is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and hires employees without regard to gender, race, religion, color, creed or sexual orientation.
Volunteering: Would you like to be more involved with the FACC-PNW or France Education Northwest? Our next volunteer opportunity will be our Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival on November 22, 2019. Save the date!
Thank you to our Official Airline Partner
Thank you to our Gold Circle and Platinum Members
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