“I can’t afford to stumble over my words.”
Jeremy Son was born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and his mother tongue is English. In 1990, his parents moved to Edmundston. That was when he learned French, which enabled him to forge some important ties. “If I hadn’t become bilingual, I wouldn’t be able to communicate with certain French-speaking members of my family,” he said.
After graduating from Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany and earning a police science certificate from the Atlantic Police Academy, Jeremy became a police officer. He thinks bilingualism is a major advantage in this occupation. “Being bilingual is an asset, since I have to interact with lots of people. In an emergency, I can’t afford to stumble over my words."
The young man believes that learning the other official language can only help people to succeed in life. "Today, speaking just one language limits us in both our personal and professional lives. A bilingual person will have more job opportunities and be much more independent.”
Jeremy speaks mostly French in his daily life. However, he does not hesitate to speak English when the occasion arises. “I like French and English, because they’re both international languages,” he concluded.