Alice Christena Hiscock
Our interpreting community lost one of its mavens and pioneers this past week. Alice Hiscock passed away at the age of 86.
Alice was born in Manitoba but her interpreting practice centered on the southern Alberta communities in and around Calgary. She was the first staff interpreter at Deaf and Hear Alberta (formerly Deaf and Hard of Hearing Society) and retired from that agency in 1993.
She played an instrumental role in the establishment of interpreting services in Calgary and was actively involved in the creation of the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Southern Alberta (AVLISA) now incorporated into ASLIA.
She was an early recipient of the Edward C. Bealer Award. As a CODA Alice's connection with the Deaf community continued long after her retirement from interpreting.
Many in the Calgary area (and beyond) owe a debt of gratitude to Alice for her guidance and her wisdom as she helped us perfect our interpreting skills and practice. She was one of a kind .... one extraordianary fingerspeller (smile) .... and she will be missed.
To view more about Alice, visit this Okotoks' Western Wheel link