Name Change Survey #2


Dear AVLIC Members

The second survey from the Name Change committee is ready for you to fill out.   This will allow you to consider the issues and respond with your opinions on changing the name of AVLIC prior to the Special Topic Sessions on July 15th, 2016.  The committee has prepared an article outlining the results of the first survey, responding to concerns expressed in the first survey and outlining the implementation plan.   Below is the beginning of the article but you can read the full article by clicking here.  Please read this before answering the survey.  It contains updated information from recent work of the committee that is in addition to the committee’s AGM report in the AVLIC 2016 AGM package, which can be viewed here.  The AGM report contains the full implementation plan and the budgets related to these.

Name Change Committee Survey 2 - Article

July 7, 2016


This article is to update AVLIC members on the recent work of the AVLIC Name Change Committee and its findings in order that the members have the information they need before they complete the second survey and consider the motions that will be discussed at the Special Topic Sessions (STS) on Friday July 15th, 2016 at 10:15 am - 11:45 am and also at 2:00 pm - 3:30 at the AVLIC 2016 Conference in Fredericton, NB which will be chaired by committee members Martin Koob and Marty Taylor. 

The purpose of these sessions is for members get more information about a potential name change and to review the motions that will be presented at the AGM.  During this time there is an opportunity to make any necessary amendments to the motions prior to the motions being brought to the floor of the AGM for a vote.  You can attend either or both sessions. There will be a presentation to start both sessions regarding the potential change of AVLIC’s name and then there will be discussion of the motions and possible amendments. The discussion in the second session will build on the work done in the first session. The outcome of the two sessions may be some amendments to the motions that will be presented to the whole membership at the AGM for their approval.  These motions will then be put forward at the AGM on July 16th, 2016.

You will find the second survey at the following links:

The English and ASL version of this survey is

The link for the French and LSQ version is

Please read this article in full before completing the survey.  The survey will be available till July 14th at 6:00 pm so that we can have the results by the STS on July 15th.

The committee has recommended an Implementation Plan to change the name of the Association and put forward motions that need to be ratified by the membership in order to put that plan into action. The motion to change the name of the Association is a Special Resolution and as such needs 2/3 support of the votes cast in order to pass.  The motions are contained in the Name Change Committee Report that is in the AVLIC 2016 AGM Package. The committee also submitted an estimated budget of the costs and the human resources required for AVLIC to implement the name change. (You can see the motions and reports and budgets from the Name Change Committee in item 8.6 in the AGM package

Consultation process

The AVLIC Name Change Committee was struck as a result of motion WP14G-26 at the 2014 AGM in Winnipeg to consult with AVLIC members and the Deaf community and report back to the membership with the findings of the consultation and recommendations for a new name, the process involved in changing the name and the associated costs.

The consultation process with members included an initial article and a survey, and this second article and survey leading up to the 2016 AGM.   The results of the second survey will be reported to the members directly at the STS before the AGM. The consultation will culminate with the Special Topic Session (STS) prior the AVLIC AGM. The committee has drafted motions that will be discussed and possibly amended at the STS and then presented at the AGM for a vote by the whole membership on how to proceed.  The motion contains a proposed name, CASLI, that can be amended at the STS based on the response from the members to the options included in the second survey but also based on any potential issues that the proposed name raises.  An issue has been found with the CASLI name.

CASLI name used in the U.S. by RID for new interpreter accreditation organization

At the beginning of June, 2016 one of the members of the committee noticed an announcement from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) that it had set up an new Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) to take over the accreditation of Interpreters that RID had previously been responsible for.

The name RID chose for that organization is Centre for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpreters (CASLI)  Since CASLI will be doing essentially the same work that AVLIC does with the Canadian Evaluation System (CES) choosing the name CASLI for our Association would cause confusion possibly making it appear that AVLIC’s evaluation system and certification are related to those of RID. Unfortunately CASLI was the name most suggested by members in response to the first survey.  The name CASLI still appears in the survey as an option as it was the most suggested by members, however there is a note in the survey alerting them to this issue.  The committee added another of the lesser popular suggestions as an option to the second survey for members to consider so there are 4 options in total. 

Please click here to read the full article before taking the 2nd survey.