AVLIC Announces New Executive Director

AVLIC Introduces New Executive Director - Jennifer Best

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[video: ASL welcome by Jocelyn Mark and introductory remarks by Jennifer Best]

It is with great pleasure that the AVLIC Board of Directors announces that we have approved a recommendation from the Staffing Task Force to employ Jennifer Best as Executive Director for AVLIC. 

Jennifer brings to AVLIC years of experience as a leader in numerous organizations, including AVLIC Affiliate Chapter - Ontario Association of Sign Language Interpreters (OASLI), as well as skills in resource development, policy development and finances.

Jennifer is based out of Ontario and will be starting in the position with AVLIC ‪on August 15, 2016.  We also look forward to having Jennifer join us at the upcoming conference for training and to assist the Board during the week. 

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer to AVLIC. 

The Board of Directors would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Staffing Task Force for their dedication, thorough research, fruitful discussions and finally, their recommendation. Special thanks to Maureen Haan, Barb Mykle-Hotzon, Wayne Nicholson, Colleen Friel and Janice Lyons, in addition Christie Reaume the Board Liaison. 


I am thrilled and honoured the AVLIC Board has selected me as AVLIC’s new Executive Director. I am excited to work with the AVLIC Board in furthering AVLIC’s mission to advance the profession of signed language interpreting in Canada, and to support AVLIC members.

A bit about me, I am an interpreter.  I graduated from an interpreter training program in 2007.  I have 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

I am currently enrolled in Mount Royal University’s Non-Profit Management program.  I will complete the program in 2017.

All non-profit organizations have a lifecycle.  AVLIC is at an exciting point in its lifecycle; it is growing and changing to meet the challenges and realities of our profession.  I am so very much looking forward being a part of these changing times.

If at any time you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to serving you.

All the best,

Jennifer Best