Pre-Conference Sessions 

These sessions are offered prior to the conference.  They require separate registration and an additional fee. 

Apprentice Interpreter
9 hour training and certification program 

Sunday October 2 from 10 am to 6 pm 
and 
Monday October 3 from 10 am to 11 am 

 $169 plus GST plus $89 IGA membership fee*

* IC members or conference attendees receive the IGA membership free of charge — an $89 savings.

Course includes: 1 full year IGA membership with amazing member benefits, How to Interpret Handbook, classroom instruction, testing fees and certification documents.

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Inspire Visitors with PIE and TALK

Monday October 3 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
(with a 2 hour lunch break to attend Keynote Speaker)

 $100 (half of the proceeds will be donated to Interpretation Canada)

Join us to explore how to inspire visitors through PIE and TALK, also known as two-way, participatory and dialogic interpretation. In the morning, we will delve into the PIE model- Participation. Information. Engagement. Together, we’ll look at each slice of the PIE and consider the whole PIE as a planning framework. Then we will use the PIE model to plan out a sample interpretation program and talk about how the PIE model has been a valuable tool for training new interpreters.

We will break at 11:30 am to walk to and attend the keynote session and then resume the afternoon workshop at 2:00 pm.  

In the afternoon, we will start with a brief overview of the basics of Dialogic Interpretation- AKA TALK- using Talk types, Asking great questions, Leading with facilitation techniques, and Keeping visitors inspired to take actions. Next, we will explore three topics of concern in Dialogic Interpretation- increasing our participants’ level of engagement, improving the questions we ask, and overcoming common obstacles. Bring your stories to share!

We look forward to inspiring you before the Interpretation Canada Conference even gets going! PIE and TALK are two great techniques to have in your story telling quiver! 

Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

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Jacquie Gilson has worked in the interpretation field her entire career, and in 2015 received her Doctor of Social Sciences degree after studying the concept of inspiration in interpretation. Retired from Parks Canada, Jacquie now runs her own company called InterpActive. She loves facilitating training and looks forward to having you join in this participatory workshop!

Past workshop participants have said:

“Best presentation I participated in during this conference.”   

“I have been reflecting on all that I learned in your course... woke me up half a dozen times last night just thinking about it all!”

Jacquie’s book Inspired to Inspire will be available to preorder for a special rate of $39.99 when you book into this workshop. Books will be delivered to you at the conference.


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