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IMIA Interpreter Association Appoints Canada Representative
Date:2/17/2009

BOSTON, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) appointed a representative for Canada to continue building the organization's international structure. The IMIA is proud to announce Lola Bendana, President of Multi-Languages Corporation, as the IMIA Representative for Canada. Her role is primarily to represent and help IMIA members in Canada to organize and initiate activities that will promote the medical specialization of the interpreter profession, and to collaborate with other associations and organizations with similar goals in Canada. Lola Bendana is empowered to lead the IMIA Canada Chapter.

Canada is one of the leading countries in the development of the community interpreting profession, and it has developed the profession in a manner that is congruent with the country's public service needs. The IMIA believes this initiative will foster collaboration with other very active related associations in Canada, such as Health Interpretation Network, HIN.

"There is nothing more essential to the well-being of interpretation in North America, and indeed the world, than the creation and implementation of standards that cover all interpretation services. If interpretation is to become a viable sector, if it is to be regarded as an essential infrastructure to our economy and our communities, it has to demonstrate the maturity and self-respect that quality standards reflect. AILIA has contributed to the creation of the National Standards Guide for Community Interpreting Services and will continue to support standards initiatives in regional, Canadian, and international arenas. IMIA has demonstrated true leadership through its Medical Interpreting Standards of Practice and its collaborative approach. One of the highlights of the Canadian Language Industry Showcase 2009 was Izabel Arocha's presentation during the session 'Interpretation: Cutting Edge of Essential Services' -- we look forwa
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