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Edward C. Bealer Award of Merit

History

Excerpt of article originally published in the AVLIC News, Volume 4, No.3, October, 1986

By Marie Clarke and Terry Janzen

Edward Charles Bealer, 1949-1977

Ted Bealer was born on December 8, 1949, to a deaf father and deaf-blind mother. After completing high school in Rockford, Illinois, he attended Douglas College in New Westminster, BC, and Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. Ted studied honours History, was actively involved as editor of the student newspaper and attended several film workshops.

In 1974, Ted moved to Toronto and, while continuing his work in production and film making, became involved as an interpreter and sign language instructor at Silent Voice, occasionally interpreting for the Canadian Hearing Society.

On December 15, 1975, Ted became a full time employee at CHS. Although he was hired as a "Rehabilitation Counselor”, he found himself filling the ever-increasing need as an interpreter. He was very much involved on various committees and activities in the deaf community and was the first full time interpreter in Ontario.

Ted was instrumental in submitting a proposal to the Ontario provincial government to obtain funds for the establishment of the Ontario Interpreting Services. The proposal was accepted and funding became available after his death. He also recognized that many staff members at CHS did not have easy access to sign language classes in the community and provided lunch hour classes for these people.

On May 21, 1977, Ted Bealer was killed in a car accident while driving home from interpreting at a wedding in Rochester, New York. His passenger, a 23-year-old deaf man by the name of Brian Harvey, was also killed.

Ted Bealer was perceived by both the deaf and hearing communities as being extremely dedicated and hard working, while at the same time, easy going and down to earth. He was very much loved and made a deep impact on those he came in contact with.

After his death, the eighteen staff of CHS decided to set up a memorial fund and accepted donations in Ted's name. Because of his interest in the field of interpreting and his personal goal to promote professionalism for interpreters, it seemed appropriate for the Ted Bealer Award to be administered by the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC). This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have performed above and beyond the call of duty, making a significant contribution to the field of interpreting in Canada.

The Edward C. Bealer Award of Merit was first presented in 1982 to Dr. Gertude Kent of Winnipeg.

Award Presentation

This award is presented biennially at the AVLIC Conference Award Ceremony. The next presentation will be in Fredricton, New Brunswick in 2016.

The recipient is presented with a plaque to recognize their contribution to the field of interpreting in Canada.

Selection Process & Criteria

Objective:

This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have performed above and beyond the call of duty, making a significant contribution to the field of interpreting in Canada.

The recipient of this award would be an individual who:

  • Has had lengthy experience and involvement as a professional in the field of signed language interpreting and / or training,
  • Advocates for professional development opportunities for all those involved in the field, regardless of their level of skill,
  • Advocates for the right of all signed language interpreters to be treated as professionals,
  • Promotes the field in every way, and supports organizations such as AVLIC.

Other things to consider:

  • Volunteer commitment to the field (serving on boards, committees, supporting Deaf community events / activities),
  • Academic contributions to the field.

Nomination Process:

Submit the nomination to the AVLIC Awards Selection task force no later than April 30th of a conference year (even numbered years).  All nominations are to be submitted electronically to the task force via the AVLIC Administrative Manager. Submissions may be made in either ASL or English.

Nominations may be made by individuals or groups, however, please note that nominations made by one person will be weighted equally with nominations made by a group.

Nomination Submission:

Describe in 300 words or less the nominee’s experience and length of involvement as a professional in the field of interpreting and/or interpreter education.

Describe how the nominee exemplifies dedication to the development of the profession of interpreting, per the following categories. Each category may be up to 100 words:

  • Advocates for professional development opportunities for all interpreters, regardless of skill level
  • Advocates for the rights of interpreters to be treated as professionals
  • Promotes the field in every way and supports organizations such as AVLIC

Entire nomination should be no more than 600 words or 8 minutes in ASL

** Please note the task force will not accept submissions longer than 600 words or 8 minutes.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2016. 

The AVLIC Office must receive all aspects of the application by this deadline. 

Nomination Form & Submission Details

Please see the Nomination Form for full details on how to submit a nomination along with the items listed above. 

The successful applicant will be announced at the AVLIC Conference Award Ceremony.

Recipient List

YearRecipientCity, Province
1983Dr. Gertude Allison KentWinnipeg, Manitoba
1984Alice HiscockCalgary, Alberta
1986Richard W. LetourneauCalgary, Alberta
1988D. Bruce JackWinnipeg, Manitoba
1990Phyllis JoyntOttawa, Ontario
1992Debra RussellCalgary, Alberta
1994Kirk FergusonEdmonton, Alberta
1996Darlene KarranEdmonton, Alberta
1998Karen MalcolmVancouver, British Columbia
2000Linda Hatrak CundyEdmonton, Alberta
2002Greg EvansWinnipeg, Manitoba
2004Terry JanzenWinnipeg, Manitoba
2006Marty TaylorEdmonton, Alberta
2008Susan StegengaCalgary, Alberta
2010Sheila JohnstonScarborough, Ontario
2012Bonnie HeathWinnipeg, Manitoba
2014Janice HawkinsWinnipeg, Manitoba
2016Denise SedranFredericton, New Brunswick

Phyllis Joynt Mentorship Award

History

In June 1998, one of AVLIC's founding members, Phyllis Joynt, of Ottawa, Ontario, passed away. Phyllis was an active member of our interpreting community for more than twenty years, beginning her professional life as a teacher of young deaf students in Saskatoon, SK. As she became more involved in the Deaf community and became proficient in sign language, she began teaching Deaf adults at Alberta College in Edmonton, AB. While living in Edmonton, Phyllis helped found one of AVLIC's largest interpreter chapters, ASLIA, the Association of Sign Language Interpreters of Alberta (formerly known as ACRID, the Alberta Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf), and served on its first executive. She was a strong supporter of the Deaf community, assisting them in establishing employment counseling services for Deaf people (called DECSA), a Deaf community television program (called Hands Around Town) and a group home to serve disadvantaged Deaf people (formerly known as Lauderdale House). When she relocated to Ottawa, she continued to support interpreters and Deaf people alike, by serving on the AVLIC Board of Directors, helping establish summer institutes for ASL/English and LSQ/French interpreters at the University of Ottawa, and working with the Catholic Deaf organization. Phyllis also exemplified a life long learner, attending workshops and conferences throughout her career, completing a degree while raising her son, and reading broadly in our field. Phyllis will be missed by all who knew her.

During the memorial service for Phyllis, a constant theme emerged from the stories told of her life. It seemed that everyone focused on Phyllis's ability to support, encourage and mentor interpreters into this profession, while supporting the Deaf community. Some of the phrases people have used to describe her life included: "caring and nurturing"; "interested in people personally and professionally"; "built bridges between the Deaf and interpreting communities"; and "could bring out the best in everyone". To that end, AVLIC is pleased to facilitate an award establish in Phyllis's honor, the Phyllis Joynt Mentorship Award, which will be awarded at each AVLIC Biennial Convention.

Award Presentation

This award is presented biennially at the AVLIC Conference Award Ceremony. The next presentation will be in Fredricton, New Brunswick in 2016.

The recipient is presented with a plaque as well as a $250 bursary to recognize their contribution to the field of interpreting in Canada.

Selection Process & Criteria

Objective

The recipient of the award will be a person who emulates many of the traits described above. Namely, recipients will be someone who has acted as an interpreter "mentor", formally or informally, in your local community. As well, they will be a person has created opportunities for the Deaf and interpreter communities to work effectively together.

The recipient of this award should be an individual who has demonstrated:

  • Leadership in the field
  • Efforts to work with both Deaf and interpreting communities
  • Significant influence on the development of aspiring (and maybe seasoned) interpreters
  • Commitment and perseverance toward the development of skills and knowledge of interpreters

Other things to consider:

  • Recipient could be, but does not have to be, a veteran to the field, or highly credentialed

Nomination Process

Submit the nomination to the AVLIC Awards Selection task force no later than April 30th of a conference year (even numbered years).  All nominations are to be submitted electronically to the task force via the AVLIC Administrative Manager.  Submissions may be made in either ASL or English.

Nominations may be made by individuals or groups, however, please note that nominations made by one person will be weighted equally with nominations made by a group.

Nomination Submission

  • Describe in 300 words or less how the nominee has mentored and/or affected your life.
  • Describe your mentor’s qualities per the following categories. Each category may be up to 100 words:
  • Leadership
  • Efforts to work with both Deaf and interpreting communities
  • Magnitude of mentor’s influence, commitment and perseverance in the field of interpreting

Entire nomination should be no more than 600 words or 8 minutes in ASL.

** Please note the task force will not accept submissions longer than 600 words or 8 minutes.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2016. 

The AVLIC Office must receive all aspects of the application by this deadline.

Nomination Form & Submission Details

Please see the Nomination Form for full details on how to submit a nomination along with the items listed above. 

Recipient List

YearRecipientCity, Province
2000Bonnie-Lyn Barker of Halifax, Nova Scotia Inaugural Award presented by Phyllis’s husband, Brian and son, Jonathon.Halifax, Nova Scotia
2002Adele RoutliffMississauga, Ontario
2004Debra RussellCalgary, Alberta
2006Jim McDermottHalifax, Nova Scotia
2008Glenda MessierOshawa, Ontario
2010Catherine MaierOttawa, Ontario
2012Natalie Lalande-LamondinHamner, Ontario
2014Rosalie Vissers presented by Bonnie-Lyn BarkerBrantford, Ontario
2016Debbie Johnson-PowellFredericton, New Brunswick

R. W. Letourneau Service Award

History

Richard W. LetourneauThe R.W. Letourneau Service Award is presented biennially, at the AVLIC Awards Ceremony, to a member who best meets the outlined criteria and who has worked towards the accomplishments of the organization.

Richard W. Letourneau is a native Albertan who was born in Red Deer, Alberta. Richard began his interpreting career in the late 1970's and was one of the first Canadians to be certified by RID prior to the existence of the Canadian certification system. His leadership and interpreting skills shaped the face of the profession in Alberta and across Canada. His efforts resulted in the formation of organizations of interpreters. He also advocated for interpreter education programs, and lobbied for access to interpreting services in a broad range of settings. He was instrumental in creating the first interpreter referral service in Alberta.

The award was first created by The Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Southern Alberta (AVLISA) and was conferred for several years. Upon AVLISA's dissolution, the award was then taken up by AVLIC beginning in 2008. This award is named in Richard's honour because of his many and varied contributions to the profession of interpreting, not only at the provincial level but the national level as well. He is held in high esteem by his colleagues and is respected by many as a multi-talented individual.

The following reflect just a few of Richard's many accomplishments:

  • Founding member of the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada
  • Served on the AVLIC Board of Directors for 9 years, including a two year term as president
  • Founding member of the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Southern Alberta (AVLISA) and ASLIA, the Association of Sign Language Interpreters of Alberta (formerly known as ACRID, the Alberta Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf), serving in numerous leadership positions in both organizations
  • Member of numerous other interpreting organizations
  • Recipient of the Edward C. Bealer Award of Merit in 1986
  • SPECTRUM '86 Conference Chair, AVLIC's Biennial Conference held in Calgary, Alberta
  • Served as an English rater for AVLIC's Canadian Evaluation System
  • Served on a number of provincial and local service organizations in Alberta such as the Board of Directors of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) and the former Canadian Coordinating Council on Deafness (CCSD)
  • Founding member of the former Council of Organizations Serving the Hearing Impaired (COSHI)
  • Instrumental in the implementation of the Program for Deaf Students at Bow Valley College (BVC) in Calgary, which let to the introduction of sign language interpreters at upgrading colleges
  • Former ASL instructor
  • Has been, and continues to be, a mentor for many colleagues

Mr. Richard Letourneau is indeed one of our best!

Award Presentation

This award is presented biennially at the AVLIC Conference Award Ceremony. The next presentation will be in Fredricton, New Brunswick in 2016.

The recipient is presented with a plaque as well as complimentary AVLIC membership (value $235) for the following membership year.

Selection Process & Criteria

Objective:

The R.W. Letourneau Service Award is presented biennially, at the AVLIC Awards Ceremony, to a member who best meets the outlined criteria and who has worked towards the accomplishments of the organization.

This prestigious award includes a framed certificate and a complimentary one-year AVLIC membership (Affiliate Chapter fees must still be paid).

Criteria:

The recipient of this award should be an individual who has demonstrated:

  • Is an active member in good standing of AVLIC for a minimum of 5 years and a strong advocate for the profession
  • Demonstrates evidence of regular and sustained service to AVLIC through the holding of various offices and positions within the organization or fulfilling specific responsibilities for the organization
  • Demonstrates leadership through participation in local and/or national activities, committees, task forces that further the goals and mission of AVLIC
  • Is recognized for their singular devotion of time and effort to the programs and development of the interpreting profession
  • Is willing to share their time and abilities with other AVLIC members

Nomination Process

Submit the nomination to the AVLIC Awards Selection task force no later than April 30th of a conference year (even numbered years).  All nominations are to be submitted electronically to the task force via the AVLIC Administrative Manager. Submissions may be made in either ASL or English.

Each letter or video of nomination must demonstrate how the nominee meets the criteria, and include a description of his/her appropriate activities and contributions in sufficient detail to enable the task force to judge the candidate's worthiness to receive the award.

Nominations may be made by individuals or groups, however, please note that nominations made by one person will be weighted equally with nominations made by a group.

Nomination Submission

Describe in 600 words, or 6-8 minutes in ASL, how the nominee exemplifies working toward the goals of AVLIC. Your letter of nomination or ASL submission should speak to the criteria outlined in the service award description and should focus on:

  • Evidence that the nominee has had regular and sustained service to AVLIC through the holding of various offices and positions within the organization and that he or she has fulfilled specific responsibilities for the organization.
  • Examples of leadership demonstrated through participation in local and/or national activities, committees, task forces, etc., that further the goals and mission of AVLIC.
  • Recognition of the nominee’s singular devotion of time and effort to interpreter education programs and development of the interpreting profession as a whole.
  • A demonstrated willingness to share his or her time, expertise and abilities with other AVLIC members.

  ** Please note the task force will not accept submissions longer than 600 words or 8 minutes.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2016. 

The AVLIC Office must receive all aspects of the application by this deadline.

Nomination Form & Submission Details

Please see the Nomination Form for full details on how to submit a nomination along with the items listed above.

Recipient List

AVLISA’s

YearRecipientCity, Province
1993Sue StegengaCalgary, Alberta
1994Rhonda WebsterCalgary, Alberta
1997Maureen JonesCalgary, Alberta
1998Miriam WestCalgary, Alberta
2000Debra FlaigCalgary, Alberta
2002Janice ManchulCalgary, Alberta
2003Diana (Dee Dee) KayCalgary, Alberta
2004Deb RussellCalgary, Alberta

AVLIC’s

YearRecipientCity, Province
2008Kirk Ferguson-UhrichSt. Albert, Alberta
2010Barbara Mykle-HotzonLangley, British Columbia
2012Denise SmithHalifax, Nova Scotia
2014Monique LeDrewCarlisle, Ontario
2016Lesley RoachFredericton, New Brunswick

David Still Memorial IEP Graduating Student Award

History

David StillThe AVLIC IEP Graduating Student Award was presented for the first time in 2004. It was the decision of the 2002-2004 AVLIC Executive Board to develop a bursary to recognize a graduating student from a Canadian ASL/English Interpreting Program (IEP). In 2009 the award was renamed the David Still Memorial IEP Graduating Student Award in honour of David Still. 

Dave began work as a signed language interpreter and instructor at Red River College. His work took him all over the country before he finally settled in Vancouver, BC in 1988, where he accepted a position as an instructor at Douglas College in the Program of Sign Language Interpretation. In the fall of 1999, he graduated with a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University and went on to open Still Learning Resources. He was a visionary in our field and in 2006 received the BC Innovation Award in Educational Technology. Dave’s commitment to the profession was demonstrated by his role as a founding member of both AVLIC and WAVLI. He worked relentlessly to establish standards in the field of ASL-English interpreting and was a man of passion who inspired others to find theirs. David believed in lifelong learning and he encouraged interpreters, both new and seasoned, to continue their skill development throughout their career. Renaming this award not only honours the memory of a member who contributed significantly to our field but also serves as a reminder that learning does not end at graduation.

Award Presentation

This award is presented annually at the AVLIC AGM or Conference Award Ceremony. The next presentation will be in Fredricton, New Brunswick, on July  16, 2016.

The recipient is presented with a framed certificate as well as the bursary's financial award.

Selection Process & Criteria

Objective:

The David Still Memorial IEP Graduating Student Award will be awarded to a graduating student from a recognized Canadian Interpreter Education Program (IEP). The recipient must demonstrate an outstanding dedication as a student to the field of the interpreting and the Deaf community.

Criteria & Requirements:

  1. Applicants must successfully complete an Interpreting Education Program (IEP) in an accredited college or university in the current application year.

  2. Applicants must provide an ASL video and a 500-750 word essay, double-spaced, describing the following:

    1. How they exemplify the qualities outlined in the scholarship objectives

    2. A description of their career goals and ambitions in the field of interpreting

    3. A brief history of their involvement / contributions to the ASL-English Interpreting community

  3. Applicants must provide an up-to-date resume.
  4. Two completed reference forms (one from a Deaf person and one from an Active AVLIC member in good standing), both of which are not faculty of the current program in which the applicant has or will be graduation from.  Reference forms can be completed in English or an ASL video submission is also permitted.  See reference form for more details.

  5. A copy of the official transcript sent from the post secondary institution to the AVLIC office, excluding the final semester if not yet completed.  Note:  If the successful applicant is chosen before the completion of their final semester payment of the award will be withheld until the applicant has submitted official evidence of graduation. Failure to do so will result in disqualification and the award will be presented to the next appropriate candidate.  (Transcript will be forwarded back to the registrant once received at the AVLIC office.)

  6. Current membership with AVLIC and an Affiliate Chapter.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2016. 

The AVLIC Office must receive all aspects of the application by this deadline.

Application Form & Submission Details

Reference Form

Please see the Application Form for full details on how to submit a nomination or application along with the items listed above. 

Recipient List

Under the award's former title: 

AVLIC IEP Graduating Student Award

YearRecipientCity, Province
2004Susi BolenderBurnaby, British Columbia
2005Maria Margarita RodriguezRichmond Hill, Ontario
2006Dawn Marie HildebrandWinnipeg, Manitoba
2007Simon DorerVancouver, British Columbia
2008Sisko Huijgen-BilkerPort Coquitlam, British Columbia

Starting in 2009 to honour the passing of our dear colleague, the award name was changed and as such recipients starting in 2009 were awarded the David Still Memorial IEP Graduating Student Award.

Under the award's current title: 

David Still Memorial IEP Graduating Student Award

YearRecipientCity, Province
2009Farah LadhaRichmond, British Columbia
2010Jenn WilsonLadner, British Columbia
2011Maggie HarkinsToronto, Ontario
2012Ryan Kraft presented by Maggie HarkinsToronto, Ontario
2013Ray Kisman presented by Ryan KraftMilton, Ontario
2014Stacey ParkVancouver, British Columbia
2015Katie Wilson presented by Stacey ParkToronto, Ontario
2016Keith BroughamFredericton, New Brunswick

President's Award

The President's Award is presented to an AVLIC Board member whose contributions have significantly assisted the president during the term.  This award is chosen by the president and is not open to nominations.

Award Presentation

This award is presented biennially at the AVLIC Conference Award Ceremony. The next presentation will be in Fredricton, New Brunswick in 2016.

The recipient is presented with a framed certificate as recognition for their support and contribution.

Recipient List

YearRecipientBoard PositionPresentation CityPresident Presenting Award
1986Terry Janzen Calgary, AlbertaRichard W. Letourneau
1990Karen MalcolmVice PresidentVancouver, BCDebra Russell
1992Cynthia PearsonEthicsSaskatoon, SaskatchewanDebra Russell
1994Greg EvansVice PresidentWinnipeg, ManitobaKaren Malcolm
1996Karen MalcolmPast PresidentOttawa, OntarioTracy Hetman
1998  Montéal, QuébecTracy Hetman
2000Denise SmithVice PresidentEdmonton, AlbertaKelly MacKenzie
2002Kelly MacKenziePast PresidentHalifax, Nova ScotiaDenise Smith
2004Denise SedranVice PresidentVancouver, BCDenise Smith
2006Tarren McKayVice PresidentToronto, OntarioDenise Sedran
2008Monique (Bozzer) LeDrewDirector of EvaluationsSt. John's, NewfoundlandTarren McKay
2010Christie ReaumeVice PresidentOttawa, OntarioColleen Friel
2012Colleen FrielPast PresidentCalgary, AlbertaChristie Reaume
2014Chris RacineSecretaryWinnipeg, ManitobaChristie Reaume
2016Debbie ParliamentEvaluationsFredericton, New BrunswickJocelyn Mark