From Your Board - Staffing

Dear members,






Your AVLIC Board of Directors met on Wednesday evening (June 3, 2015) to discuss next steps in light of the recent feedback received from members. 


Your Board highly values all members, including Deaf community members, and never were any of our actions intentionally disrespectful. 


We would like to apologize for not making the hiring process as transparent as some members expected. We have learned from this experience and will implement practices to improve. 


We sincerely appreciate those who have taken the time to provide feedback and support. 


The Board has set in place an action plan to resume the search for additional staff for AVLIC. We have developed this plan and it has been endorsed by the Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC)


1.The AVLIC Board is soliciting a Deaf community member for the staffing task force. The staffing task force currently consists of Barb Mykle-Hotzon (long standing member or AVLIC and previous administrator), Colleen Friel (previous AVLIC Board member), Maureen Haan (AVLIC parliamentary advisor) and Janice Lyons (current AVLIC director). If you are interested in being on the task force to provide additional Deaf perspective, please send your name to by Friday, June 12, 2015. In consultation with CAD-ASC, a person will be chosen from that list. 


2. Once a Deaf community member is chosen for the staffing task force, the work will begin. The task force will establish timelines, review the job title, posting and description, have both documents translated into ASL and post the job as soon as possible with a closing date that gives plenty of opportunity for candidates to apply. Additionally, the staffing task force will ask for your help to advertise the job posting widely through social media and by person. 


3. Once the closing date has passed and resumes are collected, the task force will select a shortlist of candidates to interview and select an interview panel, which will include a Deaf interviewer. 


4. Interviews will be conducted where the candidate will be chosen, vetted by the  AVLIC Board and a contract will be offered. The work of the staffing task force will be complete at that time and work will be handed over to the AVLIC Board.


5. Once the contract is signed, the new staff person will be announced to the membership. 


If you have any questions about this process, please contact Christie Reaume at



Your AVLIC Board of Directors