Interpreting Trailblazer – David Still

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Our first Trailblazer is David Still ! ⭐

Once a month SLIAO will be honouring a Canadian Interpreter who has impacted our field. By working tirelessly, these ‘trailblazers’ have raised the bar in the interpreting field with their dedication to interpreter education, mentorships and volunteerism.

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We were very fortunate to have David Still here in the Ottawa community for several years where he worked as an ASL-English interpreter and educator at the University of Ottawa. He travelled across Canada before settling down in Vancouver, BC in 1988, where he worked as an instructor at Douglas College in the ASL Interpretation program.

In 1990, he co-founded Still Interpreting Inc. which is the oldest privately owned American Sign Language-English interpreting agency in Canada. In 1999, he graduated with a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University. In 2006, he received the BC Innovation Award in Educational Technology. David’s commitment to the profession was demonstrated by his role as a founding member of both AVLIC (CASLI) and WAVLI. He believed in lifelong learning and encouraged interpreters to continue their skill development.

In 2009, David was taken from us suddenly. His founding partners Leslie and Corinna have continued to carry on Still Interpreting Inc. in his name. In honour of David Still, in 2009, CASLI renamed their IEP Graduating Student Award to the David Still Memorial IEP Graduating Student Award. He was a wonderful caring person who was a mentor, instructor and friend to many. He has left his mark on the interpreting community.”


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