Author Archive: Debra Russell
Debra Russell is an ASL-English interpreter and interpreter educator from Canada. Her interpreting practice spans thirty years, and continues to be community based in a range of medical, legal, mental health and employment settings. She currently holds the David Peikoff Chair of Deaf Studies at the University of Alberta, where she teaches pre-service teachers as well as teaching as for Lakeland College’s Program of Sign Language Interpreting. Her teaching has also taken her to locations in the United States, Europe, Ukraine, Australia, Colombia, and Southeast Asia. In addition to her teaching practice, she maintains an active research program, with current projects that focus on Deaf Interpreters, legal interpreting and mediated education settings for Deaf children. She is the current President of WASLI. She is also a dedicated student of yoga, who loves to travel.
Deb presented, Sign Language Interpreters: Discover & Recover and Enduring Legacy, at StreetLeverage – Live 2013 | Atlanta, GA. Her talk encouraged sign language interpreters to consider the opportunity before them to uncover, discover, and recover the gifts from previous leaders in the field. Further, how interpreters can emulate the traits of these leaders in their own [...]
Sign Language Interpreters: Discover and Recover an Enduring Legacy How are you defining success? Throughout the USA and Canada, and in many other countries of the world, our field has experienced countless contributions made by thoughtful and committed interpreters, who have given of their time and talent, in order to leave the field better than [...]
What is the role of sign language interpreters in supporting other interpreters in other countries, and what strategies can reinforce Deaf community and interpreter collaborative work? As President of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), I am often asked these questions, as well as why I chose to be part of an international [...]