Australian Sign Language Interpreter Awards hosted by ECU
Thursday, 23 June 2011
President WA Deaf Society, Tony Simpson MLA, 2010 WA Interpreter of the Year Leanne Potter and Professor Brenda Cherednichenko
Ninety guests attended the 2010 Australian Sign Language Interpreter Awards on Friday, 17 June at ECU’s Joondalup Campus. This gala event was hosted by ASLIA (WA) in conjunction with the University.
The Awards are a highlight on the interpreters’ yearly calendar, with the event steadily increasing in stature each year. The Awards provide a forum for sign language interpreters to be recognised for the work that they do in ensuring communication access for the clients with whom they work.
They also provide an opportunity to acknowledge those organisations who have worked alongside interpreters ensuring access for the deaf and hearing communities in Western Australia.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Equity & Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, welcomed guests to the event and spoke of the importance and value of the interpreters who assist deaf community members.
Professor Cherednichenko said that the assistance given to deaf people from all walks of life by the interpreters was a vital part in ensuring integration into the community. The interpreting service is much appreciated by staff from ECU and the other universities who have deaf students, she said.
In recognition of the interpreters’ contributions, the Tertiary Education Disability Access Network, of which ECU is a member, sponsored the Tertiary Interpreter’s Award. This was won by Bev Sloan for the excellent service she provided in 2010.
The ASLIA Committee was very grateful for the assistance and support provided by ECU, commenting in particular on the quality of the venue - the lecture theatre in JO Building 32 – including the excellent acoustics and the facility to be able to project the image of the interpreter onto a large screen for easy viewing.