Presentations, Panels and Workshops

Presentations, Panels and Workshops

Please see the abstracts and presenters for each presentation, panel and workshop below, in programme order.

NZSL Share as a tool for interpreters

Because NZSL is increasingly being used in new domains, the vocabulary of NZSL is changing and expanding rapidly. Interpreters often need quick access to newly emerging or previously undocumented signs – for example, when interpreting for media briefings during the Covid-19 pandemic. Interpreters and Deaf people working or studying in specialist settings may also want to share vocabulary specific to the setting with each other.

To meet this need, NZSL Share was launched in March 2020 as a Deaf community-driven, online platform to share and virtually discuss new signs. 

This workshop will introduce NZSL Share and demonstrate how it can be useful for interpreters. Workshop participants will use their phones, tablets or laptops to search NZSL Share, record some ‘new’ signs, upload them to a private workspace in NZSL Share, add further information, and collaborate with others to discuss these signs online. We will also outline our plans for using NZSL Share in research and NZSL documentation.

Rachel McKee

Associate Professor, NZSL Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Rachel McKee is an Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Working as a sign language interpreter in NZ (from 1985) and USA (from 1988) led to an academic career. Along with husband David McKee, Rachel established training programmes for sign language interpreters (at AUT), Deaf teachers of NZSL, and adult learners of NZSL at VUW. Research publications include NZSL lexicon (dictionaries) and grammar, sociolinguistic variation in NZSL, interpreting studies, and language policy for sign language users. Rachel was the founding president of SLIANZ.

Micky Vale

Sign language interpreter, Database manager for the NZSL Online Dictionary

Micky is the Database Manager of the NZSL Online Dictionary and its new companion website, NZSL Share. She also works as a research assistant and occasional teacher at the Deaf Studies Research Unit, Victoria University of Wellington. As an interpreter, she works mainly in tertiary education and employment settings. Originally Dutch, Micky completed an MA in Sign Linguistics in the UK and qualified as a BSL/English interpreter before moving to New Zealand in 2004. Micky completed a PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2017. She has previously been a SLIANZ committee member in 2005-6, 2008-10, and President in 2011-13 and 2018-20.

The juggle is real

This session will involve me sharing some of the tools I have used to help prioritise and juggle interpreting and personal life. Interpreters (especially freelancers) are unique in that we are daily making decisions to say yes or no to jobs and having to balance that with other areas of life.

I will briefly share my journey as an interpreter and ‘other’ (mother, volunteer, business owner etc) and then ask participants to reflect on the roles they hold in their own lives.

I will share printed tools (such as the Eisenhower priority matrix) and ask participants to reflect on their own lives and to share with a partner. Towards the end of the session I will ask participants to share with the group some gems or take aways that can be applied to all of us.

I see this session as part teaching and empowering, and part sharing ideas that participants can take away to think more on.

Jenn Gilbert 

NZSL Interpreter 

Jenn is a Wellington based freelance interpreter, who has been ‘living the interpreting dream’ for well over a decade. Jenn is a wife, mother to two young kids and fur mum to one puppy. She is also busy studying Te Reo Māori, being an aunt to many niblings and trying to keep her house tidy. Her relationship to interpreting work has changed with the seasons of life, leading to the thoughts she is sharing today.

Reasonable accommodation – sharing expectations

An interactive workshop presented by Rebecca Knowlton from WordsWorth interpreting to share perspectives and understand what expectations are reasonable between the team of interpreters, booking coordinators, Deaf community and Deaf and hearing people who use us.

Rebecca Knowlton

Wordsworth Booking Coordinator 

Rebecca Knowlton is a proud Deaf mum to her three amazing boys. She lives in the mighty Waikato with her fiancé Andrew. Connecting the Deaf community with interpreters is what she does for Wordsworth interpreting. Rebecca has experience having worked with the Deaf community at Deaf Aotearoa with employment. At Wordsworth Interpreting she coordinates access to interpreters for the Deaf and spearheading charitable and community initiatives to create better outcomes for people like her. She is a staunch supporter for equality, empowerment and enablement of her peers. She is the person to contact for interpreting services and she looks forward to working with all of you to achieve better outcomes. 

Enlivening a Performance

Shaun Edwards-Brown

My name is Shaun Edwards-Brown and I’m delighted to be presenting Enlivening a Performance at the SLIANZ Conference. I have been teaching performing arts for the last 20 years at Cashmere High School. With my students my focus is always on bringing truth and believability to their performances, so that the audience can feel and well as understand. Outside of teaching I have been involved in singing and acting on stages for 15 years, including singing for Van Asch School’s production of ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’. My greatest accomplishments are my kids, not because of any achievement rather that they care about others more than themselves.

Where we have come from; Where we are headed

Carol Scholes 

Carol has over 30 years of management experience working in commercial and not-for-profit organisations both in New Zealand and Australia. Her expertise encompasses governance, finance, HR, marketing, training and management in Defence, the superannuation industry, and eight years in CEO roles in not for profit organisations with a focus on adult education and community service provision. Since 2006, she has run Threshold Management Ltd providing board and executive coaching, mediation, facilitation and strategic planning with corporate, government and not for profit organisations in New Zealand. In 2020, Carol created a new online training platform for not-for-profit governance boards and committees called Overview Effect

Carol specialises in helping organisations and executives understand their bigger vision and develop their strategy, to achieve success for both the organisation and the individuals within it. Much of her work involves asking useful and sometimes challenging questions to stretch thinking and enable individuals and teams to understand their current position and future growth plans. With her governance, management and financial experience, and her ability to work with all levels of an organisation, she is ideally placed to understand the overall impact of change in an organisation. She has excellent training experience and utilises these techniques and her expertise in her coaching sessions with individuals and groups.

Carol has a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management, a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation), Certificate IV in Executive Coaching and is a qualified trainer using accelerated learning techniques. In addition, Carol is a Master NLP practitioner, International Master coach, Master clinical hypnotherapist and a certified mBit coach. She is an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation, a Member of the NZ Association for Training and Development and a Chartered Member of and facilitator for the Institute of Directors of New Zealand. 

Carol is the Chair of CanTeen New Zealand, the Auckland University Students Association Advisory board, Health Connections Ltd and two other small company boards.