Alumni Stories

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As a graduate of the George Brown College School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies, you might find yourself being introduced by Dr. Phil one day. This was the case for an alumnus of the Intervenor program who was introduced by Dr. Phil as having trained at the “prestigious George Brown College in Canada.”

This comes as no surprise. Our reputation for sign language interpretation and intervenor training is worldwide. Why? Because we offer some of the only available American Sign Language programs in Ontario and, in the case of the Intervenor program, the only one in Canada.

The demand for these skills far outweighs the supply, which means you will be in demand.

Interpreting opportunities can be found in venues and sectors such as:

  • Schools
  • Child-care centres
  • Community centres
  • Social services agencies
  • Community residential settings
  • Private homes
  • Businesses
  • Education
  • Medical
  • Legal
  • All levels of government

You can also work for yourself. The majority of interpreters are self-employed. Our alumni have the entrepreneurial skills to create their own businesses. Our Intervenor program students and graduates are in demand the world over as well.

If you are looking for an education rich in real-world practice leading to a rewarding career, the George Brown School of Deaf and Deaf Blind Studies is the place to make it happen.  

Comments from our students

Bridgette Walker, Pre-Community Service, American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program, and American Sign Language and Literacy Instructor Program (2013)

Nobody could accuse Bridgette Walker of lacking energy! In addition to pursuing a highly successful athletic career as an alpine skier, between 2005 and 2010 Bridgette completed three programs at George Brown College. Read more...  

Ashley Lillie, ASL-English Interpreter Program (2008)

“I always wanted a job that would challenge me and allow me to grow every day. Interpreting offers me that.” Read more...

Anna Lee, ASL-English Interpreter Program (2000)

“ASL is a visual language. You really need to see and feel the work being done. Then you need to come back to the classroom and talk about it. It’s a constant cycle of learning. George Brown gave me excellent training.” Read more...

Mackenzie Levert, Intervenor for Deaf/Blind Persons (2001)

“The teachers are excellent and very personable. The small classes allowed us to have one-on-one time with the teachers who were always there to answer questions. Every class was unique and everything about the program was unique.” Read more....

Terry Greenland, Intervenor for Deaf/Blind Persons (2006)  

"The obvious enthusiasm, commitment, and dedication shown by the George Brown College instructors, impressed and inspired me. And when I began meeting and working with deaf-blind individuals, I was further inspired by their determination, resourcefulness, and courage. It reminded me that I really made the right career choice." Read more...

Patricia Grant, Intervenor for Deaf/Blind Persons  (2003)

When she was a child, Patricia Grant watched a movie that changed her life. "As a child I saw the movie "The Miracle Worker" based on the childhood of Helen Keller and I cried," remembers Patricia. "I watch it today and I still cry. It inspired me that she was able to overcome such challenges to live the way she did." Read more...

Mike Glover, ASL-English Interpreter Program  (2003)

Growing up with a mother who taught Deaf children, Mike Glover always had a lot of questions for her about the Deaf culture. "I was fascinated by the signing," remembers Mike. Read more...