Board of Directors


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*the AVLIC Board of Directors and committee coordinators / members are volunteer positions. Click here to see the biographies of the 2016-2018 Board of Directors. 

AVLIC BoardNameE-mail Address
Past PresidentJocelyn
Vice PresidentAlana
Second Vice PresidentSheila
Evaluations OfficerDebbie
Director (Member at Large)Janice
Director (Member at Large)Brenda
Standing Committee CoordinatorsNameE-mail Address
Bylaws, Policy & Procedures
Dispute Resolution CommitteeColleen
Educational Interpreting Issues CommitteeTaedra
Public Relations CommitteeCarmelle
Publications CommitteeSarah
Mentorship Committeevacanttba
Ad-Hoc Committee CoordinatorsNameE-mail Address
AVLIC 2018 - Niagara Falls, ON Tammy
AVLIC 2020 - Vancouver, BCvacanttba
Anti-Audism Strategy Development CommitteeMaria Lanzatba
AVLIC Name Change Committee Meg
Deaf Interpreter Task Forcevacanttba
PCRP Implementationvacanttba
VRS Position Papervacanttba
Active Membership Criteria Investigatingvacanttba
AVLIC Working and Representative Languages vacanttba
AVLIC StaffNameE-mail Address
Executive DirectorJennifer
Administrative AssistantSally
Canadian Evaluations System AdministratorSally


Ashley Campbell - President

Ashley Campbell

Ashley resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia and graduated from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), ASL-English Interpretation Program in 2010 and their inaugural Deaf Studies Program in 2008. Now working as a university staff interpreter along with a smattering of video relay, religious and community interpreting. She also has the belief of a life-long learning, and explores various learning opportunities.

Upon graduation Ashley became the MAPSLI Membership Coordinator 2010, joined the MAPSLI Bylaws Committee in 2011 and served a short stint as MAPSLI Acting Vice President 2012. In July 2012 she was elected to 2nd Vice President on the AVLIC Board, and in 2014 to First Vice President.

AVLIC is a membership driven organization, and Ashley feels that volunteering whether locally or nationally is the duty of all members. The way to influence change is to be involved, and she is doing her part to improve AVLIC for the good of all members and community stakeholders. Every experience is a learning opportunity and with each ‘hat’ she wears; interpreter, AVLIC or Ashley Campbell, there are valuable lessons acquired.

Ashley enjoys spending time with her immediate family, finance and three adorable bunnies. Travelling is a passion of hers, and if money were of no consequence she would never stop exploring the globe. For now canoeing and backcountry camping at Kejimkujik National Park is as far as her traveling budget stretches.

Favourite quote: Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Back to Top

Jocelyn Mark, Past President

Jocelyn Mark

Jocelyn graduated from Douglas College, Program of Sign Language Interpretation in 2004. Upon graduation, she relocated to Gatineau, QC where she still resides and works as an interpreter.

As part of Jocelyn's commitment to furthering her education, she enrolled part time and graduated from Carleton University in 2008 with a BA in Psychology.

Jocelyn's interpreting association volunteering has included: her local Affiliate Chapter, Sign Language Interpreters of the National Capital Region (SLINC) as secretary, co-secretary and member of the Directory committee; in addition, she has volunteered for her local community on the Ottawa Deaf Centre Board of Directors and the Ottawa Mayfest committee.  Jocelyn first joined the AVLIC Board of Directors in 2006 as secretary, as second vice president (2008-2010), first vice president for two terms (2010-2014) and was elected President in 2014. She was also the coordinator of the AVLIC Board and Committee Development Committee (2008-2013).

Volunteering is a great passion for Jocelyn; she strongly believes that getting involved is about being curious, learning, giving back and making a positive impact for the future. She encourages everyone to be interested and get involved - there is always a task for everyone.

Jocelyn also enjoys spending time with her young family and within her local community, baking, and doing the odd crafty type thing when time allows.

Favourite quote:  I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. ~  Eleanor Roosevelt               Back to Top

Alana McKenna – Vice President

Alana McKenna

Born and raised in Alberta, Alana now lives in Delta, BC. After graduating from the IEP at Douglas College in 2004 she works as a freelance and medical interpreter after successfully having completed the BC Medical Interpreting Screening. With a strong desire to give back to the interpreting community, Alana volunteers as a mentor in WAVLI’s mentorship program supporting newer interpreters in the field. 

Alana joined the AVLIC board in 2014 and is honoured to have the opportunity to work with the Board serving the AVLIC membership. Alana has also been extensively involved in other organizations including, most recently, as the secretary for her choir for the past four years. 

When not interpreting, Alana enjoys spending time with her two young boys and singing in her local community choir. Alana was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 in recognition for the support that she provided to families while her husband was deployed overseas with the military.

Favourite quote:  A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. ~  Oscar Wilde                    Back to Top

Sheila Keats - Second Vice President

Sheila Keats

Sheila graduated with a BA (Psychology and Linguistics) in 1989 from Memorial University and then worked as a dorm supervisor at the Newfoundland School for the Deaf for 3.5 years. She moved to BC and worked as an audiology assistant, Deaf/Blind intervenor and childcare counselor at the BC school for the Deaf before deciding to enroll in the Douglas College Program of Sign Language Interpretation. She graduated as an interpreter in 1999.

Sheila has been an AVLIC member since graduation and has volunteered in several positions including, co-chair of the MCCR committee 2011-2014, member of CES committee since 2002, Chair of AVLIC 2008, and NAVLI president since 2005.

Since graduating Douglas, she has accepted 6 students to practicum in Newfoundland during their program. Two years ago, she participated in NB Stages NB to become a mentor. Sheila is presently involved with the mentoring of three novice interpreters in their program. She believes the path to becoming an ASL/English interpreter has changed over the years and mentoring is becoming more important in the learning process.

Carver Carlson - Treasurer

Carver Carlson

Carver comes to the AVLIC Board with a suitcase full of adventures.  A born and raised Washingtonian (the state not the district), Carver moved from Seattle, WA to Atlantic Canada in 2011. After 5 years of living in Halifax they have returned to the west coast and currently divides their time between Vancouver BC and the Maritimes.

Interpreting has always been a passion in Carver's life. Having graduated from an interpreting training program in 2000 (maintaining RID certification since 2001 as well as becoming a member of AVLIC in 2013), they have been on a constant journey to uphold the profession on an individual level as well as on a community level. Always striving to learn and collaborate with colleagues, mentors, peers and consumers, Carver has decided to add another layer to that professional journey on a national level by joining the AVLIC Board as treasurer for the current 2016-2018 term.

When not crunching numbers or interpreting in a variety of settings, you may find Carver outdoors looking for the ninth cup of coffee of the day or nose deep in the latest must read novel. But don't be fooled, Carver will also be the first to admit they may spend a little too much time with the latest Snapchat lenses while conquering the next level of Candy Crush.

Favorite quote Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining ~Judge Judy                                                                                                                                                                                  Back to Top

Catherine Maier – Secretary

Catherine Maier

Catherine graduated from Grant MacEwan Community College ASL-English Interpreter Program (AEIP) in 1997. She freelanced in the Edmonton community for two years and then relocated to Ottawa where she continued to practice in a variety of settings. In 2012, Catherine graduated with a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education and worked at a school for children with speech, language and communication needs in the south of England. Catherine worked a term position as faculty at Nova Scotia Community College AEIP in 2015-16 and has now returned to her native Ontario.

Catherine is committed to giving back and has demonstrated this by serving on the ACRID Board as a Member-at-Large (1998) and on the SLINC Board as Secretary and President (2000 – 2004). She was a co-chair for the AVLIC 2010 Conference in Ottawa at which time she was awarded the Phyllis Joynt Mentorship Award. Catherine has leant  her assistance to various organizations such as the Ottawa Deaf Centre and the Nova Scotia Cultural Society of the Deaf. In addition, she supported Deaf literacy students at the ALSO program in Ottawa.

Personal motto: Pay it forward. It is impossible to thank all those who have inspired and taught me, so in exchange I can offer my service to others.

Debbie Parliament – Evaluations Officer

Debbie Parliament

Debbie graduated from the American Sign Language-English Interpreting Program at George Brown College in 2005.  She currently resides in London, Ontario. Debbie has worked at The Canadian Hearing Society as a community interpreter since 2006.

Debbie has served as member-at-large for OASLI 2005-2006. Over the past few years, Debbie has supported AVLIC in various ways, such as the strategic planning committee as well as supporting the former director of evaluations and assisting with developing a CES manual. In addition, Debbie also volunteers with her local Deaf community supporting the London Centre for the Deaf, family events committee, DeafCares, and Deaf Christmas. Debbie first joined the Board as Evaluations Officer in 2012.

Debbie enjoys spending time with friends, family and her horse, of course.

Favourite quote:  Be the person your dog thinks you are. ~ Author Unknown                                                                                                                                                                Back to Top

Janice Lyons - Director

Janice Lyons

Janice's biography is available in ASL. Click here or the icon below to view it. 


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Brenda Jenkins - Director

Brenda Jenkins

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.

Favourite quote: Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller                                                                                                                                               Back to Top

Jennifer Best - Executive Director

Jennifer Best

Jennifer is thrilled and honoured to be serving AVLIC members as AVLIC’s Executive Director. She is excited to work with the AVLIC Board and the membership in furthering AVLIC’s mission to advance the profession of signed language interpreting in Canada, and to support AVLIC members.  Jennifer is an interpreter, she graduated from an interpreter training program in 2007.  Additionally, she has knowledge, training and experience with

·         non-profit environments, including non-profit management

·         management of AVLIC Affiliate Chapter, OASLI (in consultation with the OASLI Board of Directors)

·         project management

·         the interpreting field

·         the Deaf community & Deaf culture

·         working in consultation with AVLIC & AVLIC Affiliate Chapters

·         serving on a Board of Directors

Jennifer is currently enrolled in Mount Royal University’s Non-Profit Management program, and is on target to complete the program in 2017.  Jennifer loves to learn and is always looking for ways to expand her skill set.

The center of Jennifer's world are her two amazing daughters, Emma and Alexis. "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." ~Angela Schwindt

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Sally Scheel - Administrative Assistant

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