Face à face

Face à face avec Sabrina Milano, nouveau membre du conseil administratif

My family originated in Hungry, but I was born in Hollywood, California and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. I moved to Seattle, Washington in 1996 to start a family and countless adventures.  Although my roots are in Arizona, I consider Seattle my home.  While discovering life and determining a career path, I found that I embrace change, learning and connections with people which led me to Human Resources. My previous position relocated me from Seattle to Boston to manage six locations including an office in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. I found myself not only learning about Canada but finding a true desire to learn another language.

While working closely with the Montreal team and Quebec government I realized I was experiencing a language barrier. I challenged myself to learn French and purchased a learning CD.  It didn’t go so well. My first word wasn’t bonjour, au revoir or merci, but hippopotame.  After two weeks of practice I discovered it was like the English pronunciation.  I shared this story with a Montreal coworker which developed a lifetime friendship. He said he will never forget as it was all about effort.

I moved to Vermont in 2018 and decided to pursue how to speak French and discover more about culture.  Among my search I found the AFLCR. After emails and words of encouragement with Micheline, I decided to join. Merci Micheline!  As a recent member the monthly communication regarding classes, opportunities and events helps me feel supported within the French community.

During my spare time I enjoy watching football and hockey (Go Habs Go), bowling, cycling, listening to music, gardening, traveling to Quebec and volunteering for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve. Learning a language is and will be challenging for me. However, with dedication and willingness to experience “oops moments” I am excited about the learning opportunities forthcoming.


Face à face avec Marilyn Lucas, nouveau membre du conseil administratif

Marilyn, where are you from originally?

I am from the island of La Réunion, a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean. After high school, I went to France for my undergraduate education, and then moved to the United States for graduate school.

What do/did you do for a living?

I am currently a faculty member in the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont, and I teach courses in business analytics, and in operations and supply chain management.

What are your hobbies?

I really enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy skiing in the winter and hiking, biking and sailing in the summer. I also love watching international movies and traveling.

What prompted you to join the AFLCR?

I have, over the years, attended a number of events sponsored by the Alliance (e.g., social hours, lectures). But, I waited until my daughters were a bit older to become a member of the AFLCR. This was two years ago. I have since joined a French Book Club and am so grateful for the friendships that I have developed. 

What do you like best about being a member of the AFLCR?

I love the people of the Alliance Française

 Have you ever made a really funny mistake when learning to speak French or English that you’d be willing to share?

I was in the United States for many years before I understood what this sign meant!