Report submitted by Stacey Brown (October 2016)
Committee Members: Stacey Brown (Chair), Jérôme Blais, Louise Campbell
The goal of the Language Committee is to support CNMN in maintaining its commitment to bilingualism, by promoting awareness of language issues, assisting from time to time with minor translation needs and, every two years, fulfilling various kinds of language facilitation roles at our national FORUMS (for a recent example, see FORUM 2016. Committee members are invited to reflect on ways in which we can facilitate communications in both official languages and continue building a national network that can really “speak” to all our members.
Through the 2015–16 season, we as a committee have continued to work behind the scenes for CNMN, responding to small translation requests as they arise and planning for language facilitation at FORUM 2016. Thus, in January 2016, Language Coordinator Louise Campbell and committee members provided all facets of language facilitation at FORUM 2016 in Ottawa, along with the participation of CNMN staff members and a substantial team of volunteer language facilitators. Thank you once again to every member of the language facilitation team for your involvement and your generosity.
This committee is actively seeking members who might be interested in participating in any of the above discussions and activities, and you don’t need to be on the Board to be a committee member! We are also continuing to build a list of CNMN members who are willing to occasionally assist with some volunteer translation towards their mother tongue (English, or French).
Why join the CNMN language committee? Here is what one of our committee members, Jérôme Blais, responds: “Bilingualism is important for Canadian organizations that aim at a being truly national, and CNMN has always taken this very seriously. Despite limited means, but with dedicated volunteers, I believe we succeed in this mission and it makes me very proud. What I also like about this committee is the discussions it triggers. In order to find the right translation for a given text, we often need to reflect on its true meaning, which I find quite stimulating.”
Questions? Thinking about getting involved in the Language Committee? We’d love to hear your ideas!
For more information, please contact CNMN Administrative Director Emily Hall
Past bulletin entries from this committee