In Recognition of Outstanding Women at MCIS

By: Deanna Nemeth, Communications and New Business Development Manager Over the past decade, there has been a push to celebrate women and their achievements on International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8 every year. However, the origins of International Women’s Day date back way earlier, right to the early 20thCentury, and stem from labour and socialist movements. Why, though, are we limited to officially celebrating women on only one day of the year? I…

The Ongoing Hardships with Small and Medium-Sized Business enterprises due to COVID-19

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist Small and medium-sized businesses across Canada continue to face challenges due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Small and medium-sized businesses have had to adapt to the circumstances by creating an online presence, developing new business models, reducing hours of operations, laying off staff, applying for government funding, and seeking rent relief. However, numerous businesses have been unable to fully reopen as they only offer partial service, alongside businesses that have…

A Year to Be Remembered – MCIS AGM 2020 Recap

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator On October 29, MCIS held its social distancing-friendly Annual General Meeting virtually for the first time in 30 years. The AGM was a great success with over 125 attendees, and featured performances by our extremely creative language professionals, a very touching keynote speech, awards to top language professionals and partners, staff recognition awards, a presentation regarding Language Advocacy Day 2021, and an exciting online prize draw. The full stream…

COVID Stories: Highlights of Challenges Facing Ontario’s Language Services Sector

By: Craig Carter-Edwards The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a stress-test for many essential services offered in Ontario. It has brought to light the challenges, inequities and structural flaws within systems designed to support the health and well-being of Ontarians. These challenges, of course, existed before COVID-19, but this crisis has increased the level of general public’s awareness of them. Among these are translation and interpretation services. Many Ontarians with limited knowledge of English and/or…

MCIS Working From Home #WFH

In full cooperation with Canada’s recent policy and in an effort to help lower the number of coronavirus cases, MCIS staff members have been working from home since mid-March. Now that the first two weeks of the new working arrangements have passed, staff at MCIS seem to be adapting well. In addition to regular job duties, daily activities may now involve replying to emails while wrapped in blankets on the couch, snacking, and a general…

Celebrating of Black History Month

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator On Feb. 18, MCIS was honoured to have Stachen Frederick as a guest speaker at one of our Lunch and Learn sessions as a part of our Black History Month celebration. Other celebration activities included launching a story sharing campaign both internally and externally by sharing articles from the Black community in North America, through staff emails and on our social media channels. As an award-winning community developer and…

MCIS Announcing Partnership with Vice Versa Translation

by: Engagement Team members Alanna Quinn and Summer Alkarmi MCIS Language Solutions has celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. As an organization whose mission is to improve access to critical information and services through high quality language solutions, our goals are rooted in strengthening communities all across Canada. On Monday, Feb. 3, three members of our team attended a networking event to announce a new business partnership. This engaging networking event took place in the City…

Participating as a Volunteer and Translator at the Localization Lab Event for International Translation Day

by: Ixchel Cervantes, Project Coordinator, Translation Services On a rainy Saturday in downtown Toronto, MCIS staff, Localization Lab organizers, translators, and other participants gathered together to explore the world of Internet Accessibility and the tools that facilitate this accessibility for people all over the world, at the Mozilla office in Toronto. As a not particularly tech-savvy person, the concept of Psiphon was foreign to me, I have never experienced myself what it was like to…

MCIS & Pii Introduce: Language Policy Hackathon

By Eliana Trinaistic, Social Impact Manager In 2019, Canada will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the first Official Languages Act of 1969. To ensure that the language rights are guaranteed (as outlined in the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms), the Act has undergone revision, albeit only one, and that was 20 years ago. The Government recognized the need for modernizing the policy. So in 2018, public consultations on the…

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…