Dear Interpreters and Interpreting Students of RID Region I:
Please take this opportunity to recognize interpreters and interpreter educators in Region I who have played a significant role in your communities or affiliate chapters, and/or in your own and others' professional development. The RID Region I Awards Committee is currently soliciting nominations for outstanding practitioners and teachers in the first two categories listed below. It has been eight years since Region I awards were last presented, and much important work has been accomplished in our field in Region I during that time. Don't let this opportunity pass by without extending some well-deserved recognition to our fellow members!
NOTE: The DEADLINE for nominations has been extended to MAY 1, 2010.
2010 Region I Conference Call for Award Nominees
1- Outstanding Service Award Awarded to a voting member who, during the course of her or his career, has contributed an outstanding level of service to the field. Letters of nomination should include a detailed description of contributions to the field of interpreting, to RID/affiliate chapters, and/or to the Deaf community.
2- The Betsy Reifman Interpreter Educator Award ElizaBeth (Betsy) M. Reifman (March 21,1953 - October 9, 2008) was a well-respected interpreting colleague and a leader who carried tremendous passion for learning, for the art of interpreting and for teaching others. She spent over 25 years of her career perfecting her interpreting and teaching skills. Betsy dedicated much of her time to creating learning opportunities for experienced and novice interpreters, particularly in the study of ethics and legal interpreting, bringing state of the art trainings to the northeast region. She was always a collaborator in all areas of her personal and professional life. No matter what interpreting assignment, project, leadership or teaching opportunity came her way, Betsy was always ready to listen, offer advice and support, as well as brighten any work with her positive personality, humor and grace. Even in the final weeks of her life, she was planning for an introductory legal interpreting workshop. Most of all, Betsy was loved and deeply respected by her family, interpreting colleagues, teachers, Deaf people, and students. Her exuberance for life, for the field of interpreting and for teaching will be missed the most. Yet, the legacy of her work and teaching will live on in the seeds she planted along the way.
This award will be granted to a voting member who has shaped the profession of interpreting by touching the lives of students, or other interpreters, in a significant way in the past four years (2006 - 2010). Letters of nomination should include a detailed description of contributions to students'/interpreters' learning, in any of the following ways: in the classroom, through formal and informal mentoring or teaching workshops, and/or through the administration of programs related to interpreting.
3- Best Web site Award Awarded to an RID Affiliate Chapter in Region I for their incredible Web site, that represents their chapter in a professional, organized and visually appealing manner. Their Web site should provide effortless navigation and a great resource for interpreters, consumers and the general public via its content and links. The award will be chosen by a panel of judges well-versed in Web site design.
No nominations are necessary. All affiliate chapter's Web sites will be considered.
Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2010
All submissions and any additional questions regarding nominations may be submitted to Lynette Reep at firstname.lastname@example.org. These submissions may be in a written or video format.
Please include the following information with your letter:
Sending my best,
Jacqueline A. Emmart, M.S., NIC Advanced Region I Representative Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf