Board of Directors (Members)

2016 - 2018  Upcoming Board of Directors' Meetings

DateLocationStart Time
October 1 & 2, 2016Winnipeg, MB7:00 am PT / 8:00 am MT / 9:00 am CT / 10:00 am ET / 11:00 am AT / 11:30 am NT
December 11, 2016Online8:30 am PT / 9:30 am MT / 10:30 am CT / 11:30 am ET / 12:30 pm AT / 1:00 pm NT
February 12, 2017Online8:30 am PT / 9:30 am MT / 10:30 am CT / 11:30 am ET / 12:30 pm AT / 1:00 pm NT
April 9, 2017Online8:30 am PT / 9:30 am MT / 10:30 am CT / 11:30 am ET / 12:30 pm AT / 1:00 pm NT
June 2, 3 & 4, 2017Edmonton (AGM)8:00 am PT / 9:00 am MT / 10:00 am CT / 11:00 am ET / 12:00 pm AT / 12:30 pm NT
September 30 & October 1, 2017Halifax, NS5:00 am PT / 6:00 am MT / 7:00 am CT / 8:00 am ET / 9:00 am AT / 9:30 am NT
November 4, 2017Online6:00 am PT / 7:00 am MT / 8:00 am CT / 9:00 am ET / 10:00 am AT / 10:30 am NT
December 9, 2017Online6:00 am PT / 7:00 am MT / 8:00 am CT / 9:00 am ET / 10:00 am AT / 10:30 am NT
January 27, 2018Online6:00 am PT / 7:00 am MT / 8:00 am CT / 9:00 am ET / 10:00 am AT / 10:30 am NT
March 17, 2018Online6:00 am PT / 7:00 am MT / 8:00 am CT / 9:00 am ET / 10:00 am AT / 10:30 am NT
April 2018Ottawa, ONTBD
June 9, 2018Online6:00 am PT / 7:00 am MT / 8:00 am CT / 9:00 am ET / 10:00 am AT / 10:30 am NT
July 9, 10 & 15, 2018Niagara Falls, ONTBD

All members are welcome to attend the in-person meetings.  Due to web-conferencing limitations, special arrangements will need to be made for members to join in for the online meetings.  If you'd like to know more about in-person or online meetings, please contact the AVLIC office.

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This page contains the following information regarding AVLIC’s Board of Directors portfolios:

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President's Portfolio

YearDirector & Executive MemberContact
2016 - 2018Ashley Campbellpresident@avlic.ca

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Act on / respond to issues brought to the Board's attention
  • Ensure that all directives / motions assigned to the association are carried out
  • Network with members, Affiliate Chapters, consumer organisations and other stakeholders frequently and consult these groups as needed on issues of concern
  • Review/vet all incoming and outgoing correspondence
  • Oversee the overall operations of the association
  • Supervise the AVLIC administrative manager, providing direction and delegating tasks
  • Communicate daily, minimally, (usually through electronic mail) with other Board members
  • Ensure meetings and conferences of the organisation are provided in English and ASL as needed/requested
  • Delegate tasks to other Board members as required
  • Report activities and accomplishments in each issue of the AVLIC News in collaboration with the Board
  • Supervise AVLIC representation on boards, committees, and outside organisations (e.g., federal government, provincial governments, colleges, etc.)
  • Preside over all special and general meetings
  • Ex Officio to all committees (have knowledge of all committees and work of the organisation and support their efforts to achieve goals by providing vision, guidance and leadership)
  • Vet and/or generate Fast Fact ideas and submit to the administrative manager
  • Succession planning
  • Recruit potential members for the Board of Directors
  • Recruit potential AVLIC members

Skill Set Required:

  • Ability and willingness to be straightforward and candid when necessary
  • Diplomacy
  • Public speaking
  • Staff supervision
  • Knowledge of the association's historical and future endeavours
  • Vision and motivation
  • Mentoring/supporting building
  • Leadership
  • Conflict resolution
  • Advanced level communication skills
  • General personnel management skills
  • Computer skills
  • Time Management

Board Liaison to Committees:

  • AVLIC 2018 Conference Planning Committee (Niagara Falls, ON)
  • Dispute Resolution Process (DRP) / Professional Conduct Review Process (PCRP)

Board Representative to External Committees:

  • Joint Communication Team (JCT)

Board Liaison to External Organizations:

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
  • Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD)
  • Canadian Administrator of VRS (CAV)
  • Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD)
  • Canadian Translators Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC)
  • World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI)

Additional Policies and Practices Affecting President Portfolio Management:

  • Mission Statement
  • General Administration
  • AVLIC Bylaws
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Affiliate Chapters
  • Conferences
  • Interpretation Guidelines
  • Dispute Resolution Process
  • Code of Ethics and Guideline for Professional Conduct
  • All AVLIC Policies and Procedures

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Past President's Portfolio

YearDirectorContact
2016 - 2018Jocelyn Markpastpresident@avlic.ca

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support the president
  • Support the Board of Directors
  • Historian on past events and the history of AVLIC
  • Coordinate services/projects as delegated by the Board and membership
  • Communicate weekly, minimally, (usually through electronic mail) with other Board members
  • Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and AVLIC committees assigned to this portfolio
  • Report committee activities and accomplishments to the administrative manager for each issue of the AVLIC News
  • Network and educate members, Affiliate Chapters, consumer organisations and other stakeholders frequently, and consult with these groups as needed about AVLIC endeavours or issues of mutual concern
  • Act as a formal representative of AVLIC
  • Recruit potential members for the Board of Directors
  • Recruit potential AVLIC members
  • Knowledgeable on AVLIC business, read all issues of the AVLIC News
  • Establish selection committees to solicit nominees for and select recipients of the Edward C. Bealer Award of Merit, the Phyllis Joynt Mentorship Award, the R.W. Letourneau Award and the David Still Memorial AEIP Graduating Student Award
  • Vet and/or generate Fast Fact ideas and submit to the administrative assistant

Skill Set Required:

  • All skills gained from being the president
  • Mentoring/supporting building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Advanced level communication skills
  • General personnel management skills
  • Computer skills

Board Liaison to Committees:

  • Awards Task Force Committee
  • Professional Conduct Review Process (PCRP) Implementation Committee

Board Liaison to External Organizations:

  • Industry Representatives Advisory Panel (IRAP)

Additional Policies and Practices Affecting Past President Portfolio Management:

  • Mission Statement
  • General Administration
  • AVLIC Bylaws
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Affiliate Chapters
  • Conferences
  • Interpretation Guidelines
  • Dispute Resolution Process
  • Code of Ethics and Guideline for Professional Conduct
  • All AVLIC Policies & Procedures

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Vice President's Portfolio

YearDirector & Executive MemberContact
2016 - 2018Alana McKennavicepresident@avlic.ca
2016 - 2018Sheila Keats2ndvicepresident@avlic.ca

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • First vice president may be in training for the presidency; second vice president may be in training for first vice presidency or presidency
  • First vice president to serve in the president's role as needed; second vice president to serve in the role of the first vice president or president as needed
  • First vice president to assist the president, second vice president to assist first vice president as well as assist the president
  • Second vice president to organise registration and scrutineers for AGM in coordination with the administrative manager
  • Act on / respond to issues brought to the Board's attention
  • Network with members, Affiliate Chapters, consumer organisations and other stakeholders frequently and consult these groups as needed on issues of concern
  • Communicate daily, minimally, (usually through electronic mail) with other Board members
  • Report committee activities and accomplishments to the president for each issue of the AVLIC News
  • Knowledgeable on AVLIC business, read all issues of the AVLIC News
  • Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and AVLIC committees assigned to this portfolio
  • Revise roles and responsibilities for each winter Board meeting
  • Act as formal representative for the organisation
  • Coordinate services / projects as delegated by the Board and membership
  • Vet and/or generate Fast Fact ideas and submit to the administrative manager
  • Become familiar with AVLIC Policy and Procedure Manual
  • Recruit potential members for the Board of Directors
  • Recruit potential AVLIC members
  • Network and educate members, Affiliate Chapters, consumer organisations and other stakeholders frequently, and consult with these groups as needed about AVLIC endeavours or issues of mutual concern

Skill Set Required:

  • Good communication skills
  • Diplomacy
  • Public speaking
  • Networking skills
  • Leadership
  • Knowledge of the association's historical and future endeavours
  • Motivation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ability to work in a team as well as individually
  • Some previous experience of working on a board (asset)
  • Creativity
  • Computer skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Ability to be mentored and an openness to learn

First Vice President (Alana McKenna):

Board Liaison to Committees:

  • AVLIC 2020 Conference Planning Committee (Vancouver, BC)
  • Mentorship Committee
  • Publications Committee

Second Vice President (Sheila Keats):

Board Liaison to Committees:

  • AVLIC Name Change Committee
  • AVLIC Working and Representative Languages Committee

Additional Policies and Practices Affecting First and Second Vice President Portfolio Management:

  • Mission Statement
  • General Administration
  • AVLIC Bylaws
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Affiliate Chapters
  • Conferences
  • Dispute Resolution Process
  • Code of Ethics and Guideline for Professional Conduct
  • Interpretation Guidelines
  • All AVLIC Policies & Procedures

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Treasurer's Portfolio

YearDirector & Executive MemberContact
2016 - 2018Carver Carlsontreasurer@avlic.ca

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Communicate weekly, minimally, (usually through electronic mail) with other Board members
  • Coordinate services/projects as delegated by the Board and membership
  • Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and AVLIC committees assigned to this portfolio
  • Work closely with other committees to achieve mutual or similar goals where applicable
  • Network and educate members, Affiliate Chapters, consumer organisations and other stakeholders frequently, and consult with these groups as needed about AVLIC endeavours or issues of mutual concern
  • Act as a formal representative of AVLIC
  • Recruit potential members for the Board of Directors
  • Recruit potential AVLIC members
  • Knowledgeable on AVLIC business, read all issues of the AVLIC News
  • Keep full and accurate accounts of all assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements for the association
  • Maintain the association's financial records, prepare records for audit and manage financial resources
  • Prepare annual and term budgets
  • Maximize financial resources
  • Ensure that association has adequate liability and protection of assets insurance
  • Prepare and submit an annual summary to the federal government (under section 133 of the Canada Corporation Act)
  • Report activities and summarise financial information in the AVLIC News when appropriate to do so (approximately twice per year)
  • Assist with organisation of receipts for the AVLIC auction
  • Provide explicit feedback to the Board on spending issues
  • Provide the Board with a long-term projects list and the financial implications of each project on an annual basis
  • Communicate with Biennial Conference Planning Committee treasurers
  • Oversee the wages of the AVLIC staff positions
  • Provide guidance to the Board of Directors on financial matters regarding the CES
  • Be a resource to other Board members in regards to spending and reimbursements
  • When needed and appropriate, develop standardise forms for the purposes of receipts, reimbursements and other financial record keepings

Skill Set Required:

  • Bookkeeping skills for a budget of approximately $120,000 annually
  • Familiarity with a computerised accounting programs such as ACCPAC Simply Accounting
  • Ability to balance books with monthly bank statements
  • Ability to do financial forecasting
  • Ability to work in a team as well as individually
  • Interpersonal skills for communicating with Board members, staff, insurance agents, accountants, and bank personnel

Board Liaison to Committees:

  • Public Relations Committee
  • VRS Position Paper

Policies and Practices Specific to Treasurer's Portfolio Management:

  • Financial Practices
  • Additional Policies and Practices Affecting Treasurer Portfolio Management:
  • Mission Statement
  • General Administration
  • AVLIC Bylaws
  • Annual General Meetings
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  • Affiliate Chapters
  • Conferences
  • Dispute Resolution Process
  • Code of Ethics and Guideline for Professional Conduct
  • Interpretation Guidelines
  • All AVLIC Policies & Procedures

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Secretary's Portfolio

YearDirector & Executive MemberContact
2016 - 2018Catherine Maiersecretary@avlic.ca

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Communicate weekly, minimally, (usually through electronic mail) with other Board members
  • Coordinate services/projects as delegated by the Board and membership
  • Record minutes, motions and actions from both Board and AGM meetings in consultation with both the president and the administrative manager (both electronic/hard copies must be kept for all documentation)
  • Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and AVLIC committees assigned to this portfolio
  • Work closely with other committees to achieve mutual or similar goals where applicable
  • Network and educate members, Affiliate Chapters, consumer organisations and other stakeholders frequently, and consult with these groups as needed about AVLIC endeavours or issues of mutual concern
  • Act as a formal representative of AVLIC
  • Recruit potential members for the Board of Directors
  • Recruit potential AVLIC members
  • Knowledgeable on AVLIC business, read all issues of the AVLIC News
  • Report committee activities and accomplishments to the administrative manager for each issue of the AVLIC News
  • Distribute minutes to the Board and administrative manager in a timely fashion
  • Development and maintenance of a filing system for minutes and reports, as well as all other documentation pertinent to the association
  • Assist the administrative manager where necessary to ensure reports (e.g. from Board, Affiliate Chapters, and ad hoc committees), minutes and other pertinent information are included in the AGM package and distributed to members at least 45 days in advance of the AGM
  • Finalize all minutes during their term prior to passing the portfolio onto the successive secretary (i.e. complete AGM minutes during the end of the term)

Skill Set Required:

  • Computer skills, word processing and typing skills
  • Ability to summarise and paraphrase
  • Must be able to accept constructive feedback about work performed during the drafting process
  • Ability to work in a team as well as individually
  • Good communication skills
  • Some previous secretary experience (asset)
  • Creativity
  • Organisational skill

Board Liaison to Committees:

  • Bylaws, Policy & Procedures Committee
  • Active Membership Criteria Investigating Committee

Board Liaison to Contractor:

  • Parliamentary Advisor Contractor

Additional Policies and Practices Affecting Secretary Portfolio Management:

  • Mission Statement
  • General Administration
  • AVLIC Bylaws
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Affiliate Chapters
  • Conferences
  • Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Code of Ethics and Guideline for Professional Conduct
  • Interpretation Guidelines
  • All AVLIC Policies & Procedures

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Evaluations Officer Portfolio

YearDirector & Executive MemberContact
2016 - 2018Debbie Parliamentevaluations@avlic.ca

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Communicate weekly, minimally, (usually through electronic mail) with other Board members
  • Coordinate services/projects as delegated by the Board and membership
  • Network and educate members, Affiliate Chapters, consumer organisations and other stakeholders frequently, and consult with these groups as needed about AVLIC endeavours or issues of mutual concern
  • Act as a formal representative of AVLIC
  • Recruit potential members for the Board of Directors
  • Recruit potential AVLIC members
  • Work closely with other committees to achieve mutual or similar goals
  • Knowledgeable on AVLIC business, read all issues of the AVLIC News
  • Report committee activities and accomplishments to the administrative manager for each issue of the AVLIC News
  • Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and AVLIC ad hoc committees
  • Board of Directors and AVLIC ad hoc committees
  • Supervise the provision of the Canadian Evaluation System: the Written Test of Knowledge, Test of Interpretation; reviewing procedures and enhancing service as required
  • Form an evaluations committee with representation from CCSD and CAD, which will carry out the goals of the portfolio
  • Establish evaluations committee goals, a plan of action to achieve the goals, and time lines to work by
  • Construct a budget to support the committee goals
  • Prepare monthly updates of activities for Affiliate Chapter and Board purposes
  • Generate CES Fast Fact ideas and submit to the administrative manager

Skill Set Required:

  • Computer skills (email/Word/Excel)
  • Understanding of AVLIC's certification process
  • Ability to work in a team as well as individually
  • Good communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Guidance
  • Creativity
  • Organisational skills
  • Networking skills
  • Motivation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Time management
  • Interpersonal skills

Board Liaison to Committee:

  • Evaluations Committee

Board Liaison to Task Force:

  • Deaf Interpreter Task Force

Policies and Practices Specific to Evaluations Portfolio Management:

  • Canadian Evaluation System Test of Interpretation Rating Criteria
  • Additional Policies and Practices Affecting Evaluations Committee Portfolio Management:
  • Mission Statement
  • General Administration
  • AVLIC Bylaws
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Affiliate Chapters
  • Conferences
  • Interpretation Guidelines
  • Dispute Resolution Process
  • Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct
  • All AVLIC Policies & Procedures

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Director (formerly Member-at-Large) Portfolio

YearDirector & Executive MemberContact
2016 - 2018Janice Lyonsmal2@avlic.ca
2016 - 2018Brenda Jenkinsmal1@avlic.ca

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Communicate weekly, minimally, (usually through electronic mail) with other Board members
  • Coordinate services/projects as delegated by the Board and membership
  • Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and AVLIC committees assigned to this portfolio
  • Work closely with other committees to achieve mutual or similar goals where applicable
  • Report committee activities and accomplishments in each issue of the AVLIC News
  • Network and educate members, Affiliate Chapters, consumer organisations and other stakeholders frequently, and consult with these groups as needed about AVLIC endeavours or issues of mutual concern
  • Act as a formal representative of AVLIC
  • Recruit potential members for the Board of Directors
  • Forward monthly updates of the AVLIC Board's activities to Affiliate Chapter presidents
  • Recruit potential AVLIC members
  • Knowledgeable on AVLIC business, read all issues of the AVLIC News
  • Report committee activities and accomplishments to the administrative manager for each issue of the AVLIC News
  • Act as first contact for AVLIC members on issues not covered under current AVLIC Board portfolios, AVLIC standing committees, and AVLIC ad hoc committees
  • Keep informed on all the initiatives undertaken by the by the AVLIC Board of Directors, AVLIC standing committees and AVLIC ad hoc committees
  • Ensure the committees adhere to directives from the membership
  • Specific to Affiliate Chapter Liaison:
  • Communicate regularly with Affiliate Chapter presidents (usually through electronic mail)
  • Facilitate communication and linkages between the AVLIC Affiliate Chapters
  • Serve as liaison between Affiliate Chapter presidents and the AVLIC Board of Directors, AVLIC standing committees and AVLIC ad hoc committees
  • Assist in conflicts resolutions between AVLIC and its Affiliate Chapters
  • Gather information, create and distribute regular AVLIC updates to Affiliate Chapter presidents, AVLIC Board of Directors, standing committee coordinators and ad hoc committee coordinators
  • Organise and facilitate Affiliate Chapter presidents' meeting during the conference and non-conference Annual General Meetings
  • Assist in the carrying out of directives established in the presidents' meeting

Skill Set Required:

  • Computer skills
  • Ability to work in a team as well as individually
  • Good communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Organisational skills
  • Networking skills
  • Motivation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ability to be mentored and an openness to learn

Director (Janice Lyons):

Board Liaison to Committees:

  • Anti-Audism Strategy Development Committee

Board Liaison to Task Force:

  • Deaf Interpreter Task Force

Director (Brenda Jenkins):

Board Liaison to Committees:

  • Educational Interpreting Issues Committee

Board Liaison to Organisations:

  • Affiliate Chapters
  • Interpreter Education Programs across Canada
  • Association québécoise des interprètes en langues des signes (AQILS)

Additional Policies and Practices Affecting Director Portfolio Management:

  • Mission Statement
  • General Administration
  • AVLIC Bylaws
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Affiliate Chapters
  • Conferences
  • Interpretation Guidelines
  • Dispute Resolution Process
  • Code of Ethics and Guide for Professional Conduct
  • All AVLIC Policies & Procedures

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