Here are some brief biographies of our faculty and advisory committee members.
Program Coordinator and Instructor
MEd (University of Alberta), BA Adult Education (Fraser Valley), PID (Vancouver Community College), Sign language Interpreting Diploma (Douglas College), Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration (RID), MIS and PSIR (British Columbia).
"It is exciting to be able to support students on their journey to becoming qualified practitioners. The Program of Sign Language Interpretation is challenging but worthwhile and being a witness to the journey is an honour."
MEd (Simon Fraser), Certificate of Interpretation (AVLIC), PID (Vancouver Community College).
"I am fascinated by teaching and learning as social processes with the potential to be powerfully transformative. It is exciting to share in each student's journey into the interpreting community of practice."
MSc ASL/English Interpreting (University of North Florida) BA General Studies (Fraser Valley), Sign Language Interpreting Diploma (Douglas College), PSIR (British Columbia), RID - NIC.
"To me teaching is a two way street. I appreciate and acknowledge the skills, knowledge, history, and background that all students bring to their studies. I strive to honour their individual differences and guide them towards a common goal. Sharing the love of my profession with new students is something that keeps me excited to go to work every day."
BA (British Columbia), Supervision Certificate (BCIT) Management Level VII (Justice Institute).
"Teaching is always an inspiration for me. Every student who comes into our program is a special individual with potential to become a professional interpreter. To achieve that, I am sharing my world with students so that they will become valued members in the Deaf community.”
Registered Sign Language Interpreter
Suzane (Suzie) Giroux
District Manager, Canada (Sorenson Communications)
Registered Sign Language Interpreter and Instructor in ASL & Deaf Studies (VCC)
Registered Sign Language Interpreter Cecelia Klassen- Executive Director (Family Network for Deaf Children)
Head of Interpreting Services (Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
Rhys McCormick (PAS)
Access Advisor; Post-Secondary Communication Access Services (BCIT)
Representative from Deaf-Blind community Alison Sands- Registered Sign Language Interpreter
Registered Sign Language Interpreter - Education (BC School for the Deaf)
Pat Tarchuk (PDHHS)
Residential Program Coordinator; Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (MCFD)
Caroline Tetreault (BCSD)
Coordinator of Interpreting Services (BC School for the Deaf)
Teacher (BC School for the Deaf) - Head of Interpreting Services (Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
Douglas College Members
Instructor; Department of Interpreting
Coordinator/Instructor; Department of Interpreting
Dean; Faculty of Child, Family & Community Studies
Communication Access Coordinator; Accessibility Services in Student Affairs and Services