Official OCCI Accredited Community Interpreter Launch Event

December 1, 2015

Thank you to everyone who made the Official Launch Event a success! 

 

On December 1st, the OCCI hosted a special event at Toronto City Hall to officially mark the launch of the OCCI Accredited Community Interpreter.  Over 200 attendess joined to help us celebrate this major milestone in the professionalization of the industry.  

 

OCCI had speakers from three levels of government and from the OCCI leadership, including:

 

Ms. Donna Achimov - Chief Executive Officer, Translation Bureau, Public Services and Procurement Canada 

Ms. Kristyn Wong-Tam - Counsellor attending on behalf of the City of Toronto Mayor   

Mr. Don Leacock - Manager Language Services – Workplace Safety and Insurance Board WSIB

 

OCCI also received messages of support for the new OCCI-ACI accreditation that were shared with the audience from the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, the Hon. David Zimmer, MPP, Willowdale, the Hon. Reza Moridi, MPP, Richmond Hill and from Ms. Alison Hedden - Ministry of the Attorney General.

 

A special thanks to all OCCI members for making this dream a reality. WE DID IT!

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Networking at the OCCI-ACI Launch

Ms. Kristyn Wong-Tam - Councillor attending on behalf of the City of Toronto Mayor

Ms. Donna Achimov - Chief Executive Officer, Translation Bureau, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Ms. Stella Rahman - OCCI member - APLI Vice-President

Ms. Soheila Khatami - Chair OCCI Accreditation Committee - APLI President

Mr. Paul Penzo - OCCI member - AILIA rep to OCCI

Ms. Sepideh Salimi - Accreditation Administrator for OCCI-ACI - APLI Vice-President

Lola Bendana and Paul Penzo - OCCI members - AILIA reps to OCCI

Ms. Maricela Lozano - OCCI member

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Ms. Lola Bendana - OCCI member - AILIA President

Ms. Lisete Figueiredo - OCCI member

Mr. Don Leacock - Manager Language Services, WSIB, Ms. Kristyn Wong-Tam - Counsellor attending on behalf of the City of Toronto Mayor, Ms. Donna Achimov - Chief Executive Officer, Translation Bureau, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Ms. Sepideh Salimi - OCCI and APLI Board

Frances Adler - OCCI member

Mr. Don Leacock - Manager Language Services – WSIB

Ms. Diana Abraham was honoured during the OCCI-ACI Launch for her extensive contributions to the professionalization of interpretation in Canada. She was one of the founders of Critical Link, member of the HIN Board, Senior Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Citizenship and a tireless advocate for quality interpreting and equal access to services. Thank you Diana!

Ms. Axelle Janczur - OCCI member

OCCI in Council Chambers

Lola Bendana, Stella Rahman, Kawal Kahlon,Orestes Robledo, Soheila Khatami, Grace Eagan, Behnaz Saadat, Leelia Pekarsky, Lisete Figueiredo, Evelin Garcia.

Paul Penzo, Stella Rahman, Soheila Khatami, Counsellor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Grace Eagan

Setting up

Stella Rahman and Councillor Wong-Tam

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