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  • CARRIED Motion to accept the "Interpreting in Video Remote Environment" position paper (2020)"
    ​I move that we accept the attached "Interpreting in the Video Remote Environment" as CASLI's official position paper. Mover: Tracy Hetman Seconder: Aren Burrell Background: The document was under development from 2018-2020. It was written using material from research, and interpreters' practical experience. It has been reviewed through a series of reading circles, including an open invitation to members and community stakeholders to provide input. Download the Position Paper
  • CARRIED Motion to accept the "Interpreting in Video Relay Service Environment" position paper (2020)"
    ​I move that we accept the attached "Interpreting in the Video Relay Services Environment" as CASLI's official position paper. Mover: Tracy Hetman Seconder: Aren Burrell Background: The document was under development from 2016-2019. It was written using material from research, and interpreters' practical experience. It has been reviewed through a series of reading circles, including an open invitation to members and community stakeholders to provide input. Download the Position Paper
  • CARRIED Motion to order class voting sequence
    I move that class voting on the motion to repeal and replace the CASLI bylaws be conducted sequentially with results being announced between each class vote in the order of: ​ Class A - Active Members, Class B - Student Members, Class C - Affiliate Chapter Membership. Mover: Denise Sedran Seconder: Tarren McKay Rationale: ASL: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/13249d_068d39576fc24938b87017bd2181b39c/720p/mp4/file.mp4 ​ Class voting requires two thirds of the votes in each class in order for the motion to carry. If voting in one class were to fail, the entire motion fails. Given that Class A represents the majority of the membership (working interpreters in our field), it seems reasonable for this class to be the first to cast their votes. As Student members, Class B, are not yet working interpreters it would be beneficial for them to see the results of the Class A vote. Finally, Class C - Affiliate Chapter Membership representatives should be the last to vote as these votes are cast by active members who will have already cast their individual vote.
  • Tabled (2021) Motion to amend CASLI lapsed membership penalty
    I move to rescind point three of Motion WP14G-06, which reads "[...] one (1) lapsed year (CASLI only)." 2. Pay all fees (as mandated by Motion WP14G-06) current membership year dues for both CASLI and Affiliate Chapter(s) chosen late fee (equal to 25% of CASLI membership fee) one (1) lapsed year (CASLI only) ​ Mover: Lesley McMillan Seconer: Jean-Luc Pharand Rationale: As a member association, CASLI's goal is to support membership and standards of interpreting across Canada. To do so, we should encourage interpreters to join our association. By removing this lapsed year penalty, the cost to rejoin CASLI will be more affordable for past members in a time with work is limited due to COVID-19 and priorities need to be re-evaluated.
  • Tabled (2021) Revised: Motion to amend Class A - Active Membership conditions to exempt members who live outside of Canada from additional fees associated with the In-Lieu-of-Affiliate Chapter Policy.
    I move that: ​ CASLI bylaw, section 2.1 i) Class A - Active Members, paragraph 3 be amended to read as follows: "Dual membership in both the Corporation and an Affiliate Chapter of the Corporation is mandatory for members living in provinces or territories with Affiliate Chapter. Eligible Active members who live in a province or territory in Canada where there is no Affiliate Chapter may become Active members under the terms of the the In-Lieu-of-Affiliate-Chapter Membership Policy. Eligible Active members who live outside of Canada may become Active members exempt from the In-Lieu-of-Affiliate-Chapter Membership Policy and from any additional associated fees. The term of membership of an Active member shall be annual, subject to renewal in accordance with the policies of the Corporation.", and; the In-Lieu-of-Affiliate-Chapter Membership Policy be updated to reflect this amendment to the bylaws, exempting members living outside of Canada from paying additional associated dues. Rationale: This additional fee represents an economic burden for them with no potential for benefit and is in fact a disincentive to continued membership in the organization. The goal of the original motion was to collect funds that could be used to support members in the establishment of a chapter where none existed in their geographic region. It reads “The funds collected from members who qualify for In-Lieu-of-Affiliate Chapter Policy will be earmarked to assist startup costs related to the formation of bylaws and incorporation of a new Affiliate Chapter. The final approval of the request for financial assistance from a fledgling Affiliate Chapter would be at the discretion of the CASLI Board of Directors.” However, as the number of interpreters living outside of Canada with CASLI membership has for decades been small and continues to be so, and as they are isolated geographically from each other, there is little likelihood of them establishing a workable chapter that could benefit from this economic support. ​ Mover: Campbell McDermid Seconder: Deb Russell
  • Tabled (2021)Revised Motion to require national certification testing within 10 years of ITP graduation
    ​I move that, upon reinstatement of the CES Phase Three: Test of Interpretation (TOI), Active ASL-English members be required to register and take the TOI after 10 years of graduating from an interpreting education program, effective retroactively from the year 2010 onward. ​ Mover: Ava Hawkins, COI Seconder: Carla Dupras, COI Rationale: 1) In accordance with our Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct, and the underlying value of professional competence, a member commits to providing quality professional service throughout one's practice. 2.0 Professional Competence Interpreters provide the highest possible quality of service through all aspects of their professional practice. Further to this, tenet 2.4, Ongoing Professional Development, explicitly states the following: 2.4.1 Members will incorporate current theoretical and applied knowledge, enhance that knowledge through continuing education throughout their professional careers, and will strive for AVLIC certification. 2.4.2 Members will aim to be self-directed learners, pursuing educational opportunities which are relevant to their professional practice. This could include but is not limited to peer review, collegial consultation, mentoring, and regular feedback regarding specific areas of skill development. ​ The Canadian Evaluation System recommends that ALL members work towards certification. 2) Currently, with a membership of over 800 professional interpreters, not including members on leave, students, or subscribing members, there are only 67 members who hold the Certificate of Interpretation (COI). Some of these members have retired, or are close to retiring. Approximately fifty percent of certified members are nearing or are over the age of 60. Within five years, the number of certified interpreters providing services could see a significant reduction to less than three percent of CASLI's membership. 3) Like many professional associations where certification is required to practice, separate from graduating from a recognized educational institution, CASLI should, at the very least, establish a mandatory time frame for members to take the Test of Interpretation (TOI). It is understood that members typically complete the WTK upon graduating from an interpreting education program and that most service agencies that hire interpreters require successful completion of the WTK in order to be placed on their roster. However, this is only the first piece of the CES and passing the WTK does not constitute certification. CASLI should hold members to a higher standard by implementing a mandatory time frame to complete the TOI.
  • Tabled (2021) Motion to suspend awards
    I move that the CASLI biennial awards be suspended until such time that the membership can gather in person to appropriately celebrate and honour the recipients. Mover: Denise Sedran Seconder: Tarren McKay Rationale: ASL: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/13249d_701e7d60acd34a0caa51e380cb0db0a6/720p/mp4/file.mp4 CASLI has a long history of honouring people who make significant contributions to the profession and the association. Part of that history is the actual process of announcing the award recipients where members wait in anticipation and excitement and try to guess who the recipient is. More importantly is the experience of the recipients when they realize they have won and can share this momentous occasion with their friends and colleagues. This experience can not be replicated in an online environment and we believe that to host an online awards event in the fall would devalue the significance of these awards. Therefore we move the awards be suspended until they can be held in person.
  • Tabled (2021) Motion to eliminate the use of the wording "a CASLI-recognized Interpreter Education program” in all current and future published materials by CASLI including the CASLI website."
    MOTION: I move that CASLI eliminate the use of the wording "a CASLI-recognized Interpreter Education program” in all current and future published materials by CASLI including the CASLI website. Moved by: Carla Dupras Seconded by: Alicia Ponciano Rationale: Current wording leads to the assumption that CASLI is endorsing the quality of Interpreter Education Programs. CASLI is not sanctioned as an accrediting body. The role of accreditation falls under the Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). As outlined in the mission statement, CASLI supports and collaborates with Interpreter Education programs, which can still be maintained. It is not CASLI’s mandate to evaluate interpreter education programs.
  • Tabled (2021) Motion for the 4-year time frame for the Alternate Pathway for Deaf Interpreters to become Class A, Active Members, not require interpreting experience hours to be recorded during 2020 and 2021."
    Motion: I move that the 4 year time frame for the Alternate Pathway for Deaf Interpreters to become Class A, Active Members, not require interpreting experience hours to be recorded during 2020 and 2021. Rationale: The current pandemic has had an impact on the ability of many Deaf Interpreters to find work. This impacts their ability to meet the hourly requirement within the set timeframe. Many opportunities to gain experience and increase skills were lost especially during events such as our own CASLI national conference, Canada Deaf Games and countless other gatherings. Interpreting experience may happen and be documented during those two years, but that the four year duration to acquire experience not automatically include those two years. Therefore the four year documentation period would look at the years before or after 2020 and 2021 to calculate experience during four years. Alice Dulude (Monique Ledrew)
  • Tabled (2021)Motion to reduce membership fees for the 2021-2022 mebership year.
    The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has resuled in a loss of income for many members across Canada. For CASLI, it resulted in less spending throughout 2020. CASLI is in a healthy financial situation to allow for CASLI membership dues to be halved for the 2021-2022 membership year. Affiliate Chapter dues would not be affected by this motion. Moved by: Rebecca Stuckless Seconded by: Anne Websdale
  • Tabled (2021)Motion to Establish Restorative Justice Process Policy Development and Review
    Motion to establish a Restorative Relations Process Policy Development and Review Committee for the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters (CASLI). Moved by: Wayne Nicholson Seconded by: Rebecca Stuckless The Restorative Relations Process Policy Review and Recommendation Committee will be a standing part of the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters. The committee will be responsible for reviewing current policy, consulting with professionals in Restorative Relations, Restorative Justice, or Dispute Resolution to develop a process to resolve conflict respectfully and equitably for all. https://a8925807-a451-4a4b-8542-a0c216408b83.filesusr.com/ugd/ea2403_5e3d76aa2abb4e27bd66186870beb9cf.pdf
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