A Magical Experience – Volunteering at the Salvation Army Community Christmas Dinner

by: Shash Anand, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of MCIS Language Solutions “What a magical experience I had volunteering during the Annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Salvation Army!” “Last year I joined the MCIS team and helped prepare and serve Christmas Dinner to over 50 people. It was such a wonderful experience seeing the smiling faces and serving the community that I made sure to come back again this year with MCIS and…

‘Tis the season to give back: MCIS participates in #GivingTuesday

The viral and crazy Black Friday videos and Cyber Monday sales make these two days ubiquitously known. But, just one day later is a lesser known, yet arguably more impactful date. This day is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday began as a collaborative project headed by Mashable, the digital media site. Mashable partnered with large companies like Skype and Cisco, as well as well-known charity organizations such as Justin Bieber’s Pencils of Promise and Charity Miles…

MCIS Executive Director wins RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Social Change Award

TORONTO, NOVEMBER 22, 2018 – Toronto-based MCIS Language Solutions is honoured to announce that Latha Sukumar, Executive Director, has been named the recipient of the Social Change award at the 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Presented by Women of Influence, and now in their 26th year, the prestigious awards recognize the country’s leading female entrepreneurs who have made impressive and substantial contributions to the local, Canadian or global economy. Alicia Skalin, Co-CEO and Head…

MCIS help thousands during Parent Teacher Interviews

By: Sanah Matadar, Social Media coordinator & Hongyan (Jack) Xu, Marketing Manager November saw MCIS sending interpreters on assignments all across Southern Ontario. The reason? To interpret for over 1,000 parent-teacher interviews. This year, MCIS handled and provided interpretation services to four school boards: The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) The Peel District School Board (PDSB) The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) With the increase in migration and…

MCIS connects at Homeless Connect Toronto

By: Alanna Quinn, RFP Coordinator and Sanah Matadar, Social Media Coordinator  Winter is coming, but not everyone welcomes the snowy months. In fact, it’s estimated that over 5000 Torontonians will be forced to sleep outdoors or at some shelter facility as we reach freezing temperatures. Last year, the city was in crisis, as shelters reached their capacity and there was no plan in place to deal with the overcrowding. And while city council aims…

Keynote speaker for the MCIS Language Solutions 2018 AGM – Shelley Gilbert of Legal Assistance of Windsor

MCIS is honoured to be hosting Shelley Gilbert at our 2018 AGM. Shelley will be speaking on the importance of language access as it relates to her work. A University of Windsor School of Social Work alumni, Shelley is the Coordinator of Social Work at Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW), the southwestern branch of Legal Aid Ontario. With 73 community legal clinics across Canada’s largest province, Legal Aid Ontario is a community service providing assistance…

Accessible civic literacy: Toronto’s efforts in removing language barriers for municipal elections

(Looking for the blog post on Parent Teacher interviews? Click -> here <-. Sorry for the incorrect link!!) By: Sanah Matadar, Social Media Coordinator, MCIS Language Solutions With ward divisions causing uncertainty and the accompanying media storm, it feels as though the 2018 municipal election race has been playing out in the background for a very long time. However, there was one thing that stuck out to me during this race, something I had never…

An Eye-Opening Experience – MCIS’ Translator Training Program

Before I joined the Translator Training Program’s first cohort, I had a limited vision of translation. Going into the training, I thought of translation like adopting a child: just as a new mother needs training, the translator requires more nurturing lessons. And having completed the program, I also endorse the definition of translation by the famous Italian translator and author, Anna Rusconi: “Words travel worlds. Translators do the driving!” Because, by the end of this…

Increasing Access to Translator Training – The Long-Anticipated Online Version

As we welcome Spring, we are springing into the long-awaited online version of our Translator Training Program, which is set to start by May 2018. The online version is a vital component in our mission to offer access to equal translation training. We will be able to reach language professionals all over Ontario who can take the program for FREE! If you had asked me a year ago to develop 40 comprehensive and theoretical modules,…

Celebrating One Year of In-Class Success

If you’re going to go off the beaten path, you have to be willing to push and be pushed beyond your limits. Two years ago, when we began to develop MCIS’ Translator Training Program, we were building the program from scratch out of an idea: we wanted to provide equal access to training to translators of every language, because we want to ensure that every language community has access to critical information and services through…