Volunteer Interpreters needed for AVLIC Board Meeting

Request for Service (ASL-English interpreters)

AVLIC is coming to Winnipeg!

The AVLIC Board will be coming to Winnipeg for a 2-day in-person Board meeting on Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2, 2016.  All AVLIC members and community members are welcome to attend.

AVLIC is in search of interpreters to interpret the Board meeting, mainly from ASL-English (whisper interpreting for the recording secretary). It is preferred if the same interpreters are available for the whole assignment, though we will consider partial coverage from multiple interpreters.

Assignment Information


  • Saturday, October 1 from 9:00am – 5:00pm

  • Sunday, October 2 from 9:00am – 2:00pm

Location: TBD

Topics include:

  • Leadership Training (lead by Maureen Haan)

  • discussion topics determined by the Board (agenda will be provided in advance)

Special instructions:

  • Interpreting will not be required during breaks and lunches

  • Lunch will not be provided, however interpreters are welcome to include their lunch order (self-pay) with the Board’s lunch order

If interested, please submit your Terms of Service to the AVLIC Executive Director, Jennifer Best.

If you do not have a terms of service, please include in your e-mail the rate of pay and other conditions expected. E-mail: avliced@gmail.com

Staff Position: for Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Staff Position

ASL-English Sign Language interpreter for Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Full time Monday thru Friday 8- 4:00pm with infrequent assignments evenings and weekends as needed. The Interpreter’s primary responsibility is to provide high quality, visual/verbal communication for individuals in Saskatchewan. The majority of work will be in the city of Saskatoon with some assignments requiring same day travel to neighbouring communities. Any time not filled by interpreting, preparation and professional development will be filled by other duties as assigned by the Executive Director. On call responsibilities will be assigned and shared with your interpreting team.


Graduation from an accredited ASL -English Interpreter Training Program (AEIP or ITP).

Written test of Knowledge and Certification of Interpretation will be an asset but not required.

Valid driver’s licence and clean drivers abstract and reliable vehicle.
Competency screening will take place before successful applicant is chosen.

Applicants are subject to a criminal record check including vulnerable sector search

Skills & Abilities:

Fluency in ASL and English. With knowledge and experience in Deaf communities.
Ability to provide clear and professional interpretation in a variety of community settings.
Ability to quickly establish effective working relationships with staff and members of the SDHHS team.
Ability to adapt to changing situations.
Ability to organize and prioritize workload.
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with the capacity to work harmoniously with others.
Word processing skills with sound knowledge of MS Word
Closing Date: September 15th 2016
Salary Range:

$42,000 and up.  Salary based on experience, proficiency and accreditations.

We appreciate your interest in employment with Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, (SDHHS).  All applications are considered and reviewed. The most qualified and competitive applicant(s) that possess directly related experience and expertise, training, and education may be invited to participate in the interview/selection process. We are committed to enhancing our diverse workforce.

To apply send resumes and cover letters with references included to: Kami@sdhhs.com

Employment Opportunity in Ottowa

Please see below for an employment opportunity with CAV in Ottawa.
Deadline to apply is August 15.

Executive Assistant

Canadian Administrator of VRS (CAV), Inc. – Ottawa, ON

Reporting to the Executive Director of CAV, Inc., CAV is looking for a dynamic, highly competent and passionate Executive Assistant to join their team. In this role you will be supporting the Executive Director of CAV, Inc. by providing office management and administrative support. CAV is currently seeking an individual who is proficient in American Sign Language, has experience in the telecommunications industry and/or has a background in serving in an Executive Assistant role. This newly created position will allow you to further define the role and responsibilities in conjunction with the Executive Director.

CAV is a not-for-profit corporation that has been mandated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to design, implement and oversee the delivery of video relay service (VRS) in Canada. VRS provides telephone calling for sign language users by allowing sign language users to connect by a video link to a sign language interpreter who will provide real-time interpretation of telephone conversations. CAV and its Board of Directors are directly responsible for designing, implementing and promoting its new VRS solution called SRV Canada VRS that will provide service to customers in both American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ).

Responsibilities include:

  • Working in a not-for-profit corporation with a highly professional and engaged Staff and Board of Directors
  • Writing and editing reports, presentations, customer and other correspondence including CRTC filings
  • Meeting, greeting and caring for VIPs and Deaf visitors (with sign language in either ASL/LSQ is highly desired)
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the office; calendar and meetings management, making travel arrangements and leading special projects
  • Supporting Board meetings; managing the logistics to support the meeting, preparing and distributing meeting materials and other aspects required
  • Creating and maintaining files and records, e.g. healthcare and insurance plans, etc.

Candidates should have experience that includes:

  • Prior Executive Assistant experience (3 years+ would be ideal)
  • Experience in the telecommunications field and/or with managing CRTC reports, consultations and filings would be a plus
  • Excellent PC skills (Excel, Word & PowerPoint)
  • Managing vendor contracts and invoices
  • Great communication skills, verbal and written
  • Sign Language Interpreting, preferably with an active AVLIC membership
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with short deadlines
  • Detail oriented, organized and able to work with shifting priorities
  • 4 Year Bachelor Degree preferred

This position will be located in Ottawa, ON and will require some travel.

All interested candidates are invited to submit their current CV and cover letter to Sue Decker, Executive Director of CAV by August 15, 2016 .

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Diploma/Certificate

Monthly Update – May 2016

  1. The Magic of ASL evening is planned for next Wednesday, May 18th from 7:00 – 10:00pm at DCM in the theatre. There will be ASL performances, skits, poetry, etc, interspersed with video footage of previous Magic of ASL performances. It is sure to be a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together for an evening of celebration. If you could help us by spreading the word we would appreciate it. (click to watch video)
  2.  Please join us in congratulating Danica Loewen who was awarded the MAVLI Student Achievement Award.
  3. MAVLI has recently added a new director to our board, we now have an official Webmaster, Arleen An who has been in the role on an informal basis since last year will continue to help us with our technical website development.
  4. We are currently seeking volunteers to join the board, Libby Smith who was our Public Relations Chair has recently stepped down.  We are so grateful for all the work she has done for MAVLI over the last few years. Thank you Libby. If you are interested in the Public Relations Portfolio or in revamping our Newsletter portfolio, please contact Tania at secretary@mavli.com.  We would love to have you on board!
  5. The fundraising committee is looking for ideas, if you are aware of an opportunity for a fundraising initiative, please contact fundraising@mavli.com.
  6. Please note that our meetings are open to all members and if you would like to join us, the next meeting will take place on June 13th from 6:00 – 7:00pm at DCM in the Affleck room.  Also, if you would like a copy of our minutes, please send your request to secretary@mavli.com.
  7. Here is one for the old timers (is that politically correct?) some of you may remember the scavenger hunts that MAVLI would host in years gone by.  We were lucky enough to find an old “trophy” (toilet seat award) for the years from 1987-1992.  If any one can remember the winners from the year 1990, you can be the lucky owner of a toilet seat award!!


Please see the following announcement regarding the Magic of ASL from Mandy MacDonald.
Hello MAVLI Members,

Some of you might remember ‘back in the day’ the Magic of ASL was hosted at the Deaf Centre Manitoba. It was a time to get together and enjoy ASL. We are proud to announce that it will be happening this year!

We are hoping that you the membership will consider some kind of contribution to the event. And that you will also support it by coming out and having some laughs. If you are interested in being involved please send me an email, pd@mavli.com

Thank you so much and we look forward to you being there it is going to be a FUN night!!
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2016 AGM Information How To

  • To view the plans for the day of the AGM please click here.
  • To find the 2016 AGM Package:
    1. Select “Annual General Meetings” from the MAVLI.com menu bar
    2. Select “2016 AGM”
    3. Find “2016 AGM PACKAGE

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