Monday, May 4, 2015

Canadian Administrator of Video Relay Services (CAV) Board of Director's special announcement!

We are pleased to announce the permanent Board of Directors of the Canadian Administrator of Video Relay Service (CAV) is now in place, consisting of:

DHH ASL Director: Lisa Anderson-Kellett,
Workshop Coordinator, Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deaf-Blind Well-Being Program - Vancouver Coastal Health

DHH LSQ Director: Cynthia Benoit,
Coordinator and Clinical Case Manager, New Directions – Deaf Support Services, Winnipeg

DHH ASL-LSQ Director: Suzanne Laforest,
Executive Director, Association sportive des sourds du Qu├ębec

Telephone Service Provider Director: Jonathan Daniels,
VP Regulatory - Bell

Telephone Service Provider Director: Eric Edora,
Director, Regulatory Affairs - Telus

Independent Director: Gary Birch,
Executive Director, Neil Squire Society

Independent Director: TBD

ASL Permanent Invitee: Marty Taylor,
Certified Interpreter

LSQ Permanent Invitee: Suzanne Villeneuve,
Certified French-LSQ interpreter (OTTIAQ)

We note that the last Independent Director has not yet been determined. We are currently assessing applicants for this position, and will announce the successful candidate in the coming weeks.

We would like to thank the Interim Board members (Gary Birch, Frank Folino and Jonathan Daniels) for their dedication and hard work in bringing the CAV into being. In particular, we would like to thank Frank Folino for his contributions and leadership. While Frank is leaving the CAV, his guidance has been invaluable in ensuring that the CAV is designed to serve the needs of all ASL and LSQ users. We are anxious to build on the momentum that the interim board has established to develop a world-class VRS service for Canadians.

Furthermore, we are also very pleased to announce that the CAV has recently appointed Ms. Sue Decker as Executive Director. Sue has extensive experience in providing telecommunications services for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She spent 20 years working with AT&T’s Accessible Communications Services, including 7 years as the General Manager of AT&T’s Relay Services Division. Since leaving AT&T in 2005, Sue has acted as a consultant to many VRS companies in the U.S. and around the world, making her one of the foremost VRS experts in the world. As a person who is hearing impaired and who currently resides in the U.S., Sue is an everyday user of VRS services. Sue is looking forward to relocating to Toronto where she will set up the new CAV office.

Sue will be leading all CAV activities in the coming months as we work to implementing the VRS service. Please join us in welcoming her to the Canadian VRS community!

Thank you again for your continued support as we work toward our goals. We will be providing further updates in the coming months on CAV activities.

- The CAV Board of Directors