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Faculty

Here are some brief biographies of our faculty and advisory committee members. 

Barb Mykle-Hotzon, (Acting)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."

Adrian Desmarais, Program Technician
ASL & Literacy Instructor Program Diploma (GBC) 

"I enjoy working with students in the program, supporting their learning in weekly labs and in one-to-one tutoring sessions to develop their language skills. My ultimate goal is for students to develop the skills required to provide good interpreting service to the Deaf community."


Cheryl Palmer, Instructor
BA Adult Education (Fraser Valley), PID (Vancouver Community College), MIS and PSIR (British Columbia), Sign Language Interpreting Diploma (Douglas College)

 
"My main objective for students while they study at Douglas College is for them to attain the skills required to be successful sign language interpreters who, ultimately, will provide good service in the community. I feel lucky to be a part of their learning."


Sara MacFayden, Instructor
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."

Rhys McCormick, Instructor
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."

Nigel Howard, Instructor
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.”

Advisory Committee 

Community Members

Emily Allan - Registered Sign Language Interpreter 
Suzane *Suzie) Giroux - District Manager, Canada (Sorenson Communications)
Kirsten Hagemoen - Registered Sign Language Interpreter and Instructor in ASL & Deaf Studies (VCC)
Heidi Jantz  - Registered Sign Language Interpreter
Cecelia Klassen - Executive Director (Family Network for Deaf Children)
Janice Lyons  - Head of Interpreting Services (Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
Rhys McCormick (PAS) - Access Advisor; Post-Secondary Communication Access Services (BCIT)
Eddy Morten - Representative from Deaf-Blind community
Alison Sands - Registered Sign Language Interpreter
Sheryl Smith - 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)
Jennifer Zuvic - Teacher (BC School for the Deaf)  - Head of Interpreting Services (Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

Douglas College Members

Nigel Howard - Instructor; Department of Interpreting
Cheryl Palmer - Coordinator/Instructor Department of Interpreting
Brian Thomas-Peter - Dean; Faculty of Child, Family & Community Studies
Miriam West - Communication Access Coordinator; Accessibility Services in Student Affairs and Services