August 20, 2019
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The past few weeks have been busy for our association, its members, and the board. We now find ourselves already halfway through August, with the Fall just around the corner. Since our last communication, the board has been busy setting priorities and focusing energies on work to be done. Here is a breakdown of some of the work the board and CASLI staff have been doing these past few weeks.
Correspondence and communications
As would be expected, CASLI receives regular correspondence from members, stakeholders, and external partners. We're grateful to our Administrative Assistant, Sally Scheel, for her on-going work supporting the CASLI office, and by extension all of us members. Sally regularly responds to emails and directs others to the board.
If you have any questions about our correspondence and communications, please contact us through Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org or the board secretary, Dave Bell-Patterson, at email@example.com
CES - Canadian Evaluation System
Our Evaluation Officer, Carmelle Cachero, has been working with our Administrative Assistant to host the next WTK offering. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th, 2019. We wish all those members writing the test the best of luck! The next WTK offering will be in November, 2019.
Carmelle and the board are working on options to offer the other phases of the CES, namely phase 3, the Test of Interpretation (TOI). A tenet of our Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct is that all members strive for certification. With this goal in mind, we're working to make this achievable for all members working towards attaining their Certificate of Interpreting (COI).
If you have any questions about the CES, you can write Carmelle at firstname.lastname@example.org
The complaint process that protects the communities we serve is paramount to our association. The board recognizes that with the PCRP currently on hold, attention has to be paid to how we move forward responding to complaints, work with members engaged in the process, and implement a program that is fair and equitable, transparent, and sustainable for all members and the community. This is a high priority item on the board's agenda. While a complex endeavour, we're confident that we can develop a process that will satisfy the needs of the membership and the communities we serve.
Any member interested in working with us on the complaint process should contact Wayne Nicholson at email@example.com
Deaf Interpreter Application Review Team (DIART)
The Deaf Interpreter Application Review Team (DIART) is looking for new members! The team is made up of three Active CASLI Deaf Interpreter members, and is charged with reviewing applications of Deaf Interpreters wanting to join CASLI through the alternative pathway, i.e., not having completed an interpreter training program (ITP).
We thank Anita Harding for her work on the team. Wayne Nicholson has stepped down from the team to focus on duties as president of the board. Alice Dulude will continue on the team. We're looking for two more DIs to join Alice on the DIART. The work of this team is important for our association, welcoming new DIs to CASLI, supporting Deaf interpreting across the country, and strengthening our relationships with communities across Canada.
Any DI member interested in joining the DIART should contact Wayne Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first online meeting of the new board is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The executive will meet first to work through a number of agenda items, and then the full board will meet to review those items as well as conduct board business. Meeting minutes will be posted to the AVLIC website - Members' side shortly after the meeting date (avlic.ca)
We're excited to welcome the CASLI 2020 Conference Planning Committee co-chairs to the full board meeting to discuss our collaboration moving forward with conference planning. With that in mind...
Register for the CASLI 2020 Conference Now! Clear Vision: Culture, Intersectionality & Diversity www.casli2020.ca
Furthermore, our first in-person meeting is scheduled for the September 13-14, 2019, weekend in K'jipuktuk (Halifax, NS). The board has been invited to the East Cost by MAPSLI to not only host our board meeting Saturday morning, but to attend their AGM as guests that afternoon. All local MAPSLI, AVLI-NB, NAVLI, and other CASLI members are welcome to join the CASLI board meeting. Logistics, agenda, and schedule will be shared in due course.
We are approaching CASLI’s daily business with its staff, board, members, communities, stakeholders and partners with a critical reflective lens to foster the necessary transformation towards an inclusive and equitable organization for all.
Feel free to share any question, concern, comment, or other thoughts you might have on the CASLI website discussion boards at casli.ca/forum. Alternatively, the board can be reached at our respective @casli.ca email addresses.
Thank you all,
The CASLI Board