New Director - Brenda Jenkins

Introducing Brenda Jenkins, AVLIC Director

Brenda JenkinsPlease help your AVLIC Board of Directors welcome Brenda Jenkins to the AVLIC Director position (formerly Member-at-Large) for the remainder of the 2014-2016 term! For details about the vacancy Brenda will be filling, visit: 2015-02 Resignation and 2015 Election.


Brenda graduated from the Interpreter Training Program at Grant McEwen Community College in 1991 - and followed this by enrolling at Carleton University in Ottawa in the Linguistics program. Brenda was born and raised by deaf parents in the Nation’s Capital - Ottawa, Ontario, where she currently resides with her husband and two teenage children.


Recognizing the need for a cohesive foundation for interpreting, Brenda became a founding partner and director of Sign Language Interpreting Associates Ottawa Inc. (SLIAO), a thriving organization responsible for providing interpreting on a national basis. SLIAO was founded in 1997, and currently has over 40 subcontractors.


In addition to Brenda’s professional accomplishments, she also has 15+ years of active community service and volunteer programs. She has served as President and Past President of Ottawa’s local chapter, Sign Language Interpreters of the National Capital (SLINC) from 2008 - 2014. She also sat on a number of community boards in Ottawa including the Learning Disability Association of Ottawa Carleton. Brenda believes in giving back to the community; she also serves frequently as a key contributor in promoting Youth Mental Health for organizations such as the Royal Ottawa Hospital and the Do-It-For-Daron Foundation. In her spare time Brenda stays active by jogging, cross-country skiing and doing yoga.   She is also the recipient of the “40 Under 40” award – given annually to Ottawa’s young business leaders.


Brenda is in the process of learning more about her position with the AVLIC Board as well as connecting with the committees and groups her portfolio has her liaising with. She can be reached at To learn more about all of your Board of Directors, visit: Directors.

Thank You to Those Who Were Nominated for the Director Position!

Your AVLIC Board also thanks those members who submitted their names and nomination forms for the Director position! Unlike years past, AVLIC was lucky enough to have a larger number of qualified candidates than was expected. This was a terrific sign for our association, but it also meant the inevitable results would mean excellent candidates would not be chosen for the one available position. Despite the outcome, thank you to those members who put your names forward for your commitment to AVLIC and to serving the membership!