In a time of budget cuts, civic unrest and uncertainty about your next week's paycheck, it was heart warming to receive a heartfelt e-mail from a RI RID member applauding his collegue. RI RID member, Jon Henry, was caught between a rock and a hard place while searching for a team to work with him the other day. He knew the meeting he was to interpret for was important, like all of our jobs, and he took it upon himself to reach out the interpreting community. With the help of the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, notice went out to local interpreters. Another RI RID member, Robb Schmieggel was able to go the meeting and team for 3 hours, ensuring communication access for all members involved.
As freelance interpreters, we don't have a break room to meet in or a white board of encouraging memos to share moments like this. Jon's e-mail was a gentle reminder that we need each other to be successful. He also wrote the word "Thank/s" 9 times (he was very thankful!). Jon summed up the e-mail better than I could ever hope to express myself in a blog about RI interpreters...
"Thank you all, it's nice having an group of peers you can depend on and trust. RI should be proud of the interpreters we have in this small state. Talented, caring and supportive interpreters who are able to come together to work as a team to provide beautiful services for our whole community."
It was a thrilling moment on Saturday, August 14th at the RID Region I Conference in Albany, New York when the Awards Committee announced that RI RID had won the Best Website Award. Members in attendance applauded wildly as President Mary Ellen Breen proudly accepted the award on behalf of the membership. It was a big accomplishment for the organization and one we'll never forget!
Many thanks to RI RID's webmasters, Hayley Jamroz and Christine West. A special thanks to Dorothy Hodge and Tracy Silva for providing many of the professional quality photographs that grace the pages of the website. And thanks to the RI RID Board and all RI RID members for their continued support. We did it!
Congrats and thanks are also extended to the Region I Conference Audio Visual Committee- Rosa Norberg, Committee Chair and the following Committee Members: Mary Ellen Breen, Curtiss James, Yvette Johnson, Michele Neiley, Jonathan O'Dell (MA) and to Student Support Staffer, Alicia Babcock (RI). Without your efforts (and the equipment loaned from our generous partner organizations), the success of the Conference would not have been possible. Also, thanks to Rosa Norberg for her work in creating the gorgeous RI RID Basket for the Silent Auction and for all of the members who contributed so kindly to it. Hands waving RI RID!
Christine Harkins, CEO of Bridgemark, Inc. offered an all-day workshop for interpreters on working in the addiction recovery setting. We learned about the difference between use, abuse, dependency and addiction. We learned about the history of Behavioral Health, and the current recovery environment. This workshop was fun and insightful. I encourage all interpreters to sign up for up upcoming workshops that will be in the near future. -Sally Parsons