GALAConnected 2020 – The sublime, the ridiculous and everything in between!

By: Latha Sukumar, Executive Director “What if two people can have a flawless online dating experience but have complete language barriers offline”? A much-awaited annual event is the GALA conference. It is run by a small, but mighty team, at GALA (Globalization and Localization Association), a non-profit trade association for the translation and localization industry, located in Seattle, Washington. Their annual global conference brings together people from across the globe to network and share ideas….

Covid Stories: Giving Voice to Victims of Human Trafficking

“Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence.” (George Steiner). By: Dusan Matic, Training Department Manager Human trafficking, especially labour trafficking, remains a major problem in Canada to this day. Sometimes it can be difficult to process that in a progressive and open-minded country such as ours, thousands of foreign workers face victimization, abuse and trafficking. We tend to believe that labour trafficking happens somewhere far away from our homes. How many times have we…

Without Cross-Cultural Competence, This Love Story Would Be Impossible to Tell

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Imagine you were telling someone a story. A fairy tale that involved the love between a knight and a princess. The task might sound fairly easy: A knight saw a princess. He fell in love with her, proposed to her, and they got married. Now imagine you were telling this story to a person who is completely unfamiliar with European culture. The story would be much more difficult to…

COVID Stories: Keeping the Humanity in Justice – A Conversation with the John Howard Society of York Region

By: Summer Alkarmi, Engagement Coordinator MCIS’ mission is to improve access to critical information and services through high quality language solutions. As part of MCIS’ Theory of Change, we are engaging with our partners to see how we could bring about social change together. Since its establishment, the John Howard Society has been committed to providing effective services to assist in reducing crime and its causes. Internationally, there have been many efforts to promote humane…

Appreciation for Community Feedback

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator MCIS is happy to announce that in the past month, we have received a lot of good reviews on the services that we provide to various communities. As a celebration of our achievements, and as encouragement to keep delivering the same outstanding performance, we would like to share them with you. COVID-19 has been an immense challenge for those working in health care services. Individuals working in those fields…

COVID Stories: A Conversation with Social Planning Toronto

By: Eliana Trinaistic, Social Impact Manager Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit, charitable community organization that has been working on improving equity, social justice and quality of life in Toronto through community capacity building, education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting. The organization is committed to building a “civic society,” one in which diversity, equity, social and economic justice, interdependence, and active civic participation are central to all aspects of life. As…

COVID Stories: From The Neighbourhood Organization to the Neighbourhood

By: Alanna Quinn, Engagement Coordinator Darcy MacCallum, Director of Family & Wellness at The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO), sat down with MCIS to discuss the support that TNO provides to Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, St. James Town, and Crescent Town. Thorncliffe Park and area has been supported by TNO since 1985, and Darcy shared TNO’s successes and some of the hardships endured in the neighbourhood. Last month, MCIS had the privilege of translating TNO’s Emergency Food…

COVID Stories: An interview with Shelter Movers

By: Alanna Quinn, Engagement Coordinator MCIS had the privilege of interviewing Shelter Movers’ Expansion Director, Amanda Levine, about how the community can get involved with the organization, and how Shelter Movers is operating during the pandemic. The organization is supporting women in their communities in every way they can: from donating storage units to survivors of domestic violence to helping individuals leave unsafe home situations. By doing this, Shelter Movers aims to give individuals strength to…

The Magic of Language Services in Health Care

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator As a non-native English speaker, ever since I came to Canada, I set this ground rule for myself: my future life partner has to speak English well. He doesn’t need to get a perfect 9 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests, but he needs to be able to communicate with a doctor if I unfortunately am ever found to be in the position that I cannot….

COVID-19 Stories: Hanen Nanaa, Campaigning for An Inclusive Canada

MCIS recently had the pleasure of interviewing Hanen Nanaa, a young, passionate individual dedicated to supporting newcomers in feeling welcomed and connected to their communities. Hanen is very special to MCIS as she was the youngest recipient to receive the Interpreter Training Scholarship in 2016. She has only been in Canada for four years and has already been accepted to Ryerson University, volunteered with many newcomers’ organizations, and began leading Books, Arts, and Music Collective…