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The School of Deaf and Deafblind at George Brown College brings together industry leaders to shape program and course content. Many of the faculty at the college are still active in their industries today, so they combine day-to-day working realities with academic theories and approaches. We take pride in hiring teachers that are well respected and offer students excellent instruction, industry mentorship and provide valuable additions to their professional networks.

Nancy Blanchard (view bio)
American Sign Language- English Interpreter (C110)
Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language-English) (C302)
nblancha@georgebrown.ca

Judy Ercolino (view bio)
American Sign Language and Deaf Studies (C114)
email only
jercolin@georgebrown.ca

Corene Kennedy (view bio)
American Sign Language - English Interpreter (C110)
Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language-English) (C302)
416-415-5000, ext. 3261
ckennedy@georgebrown.ca

Wayne Nicholson
American Sign Language - English Interpreter (C110)
Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language-English) (C302)
email only
wnichols@georgebrown.ca

Zeenat Janmohamed, Ph.D. (view bio)
Chair School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies School of Social and Community Services
416-415-5000, ext. 2342
zjanmoha@georgebrown.ca

Betty Jean Reid (view bio)
Intervenor for Deafblind Persons(C108)
416-415-5000, ext. 2357
bjreid@georgebrown.ca

Rhondda Reynolds (view bio)
American Sign Language - English Interpreter (C110)
Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language-English) (C302)
416-415-5000, ext. 3426
rreynold@georgebrown.ca

Phyllis Vazquez (view bio)
American Sign Language - English Interpreter (C110)
Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language-English) (C302)
email only
pbeaton@georgebrown.ca

 

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Faculty Bios:

Nancy Blanchard, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Nancy Blanchard is a faculty member in the School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies at George Brown College and the emphasis of her work is with students achieving an advanced diploma in ASL-English Interpreting as well as Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language - English) degree. Since September 2002, she has taught in ASL & Deaf Studies, ASL-English Interpreter and the ASL & Literacy Instructor Programs.

Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree in American Sign Language and a Masters of Science in Deaf Education. She is a native of Deaf culture and American Sign Language and has extensive experience in second language teaching in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New York City, Tokyo, Japan and Toronto, Ontario. Nancy is also a Deaf Interpreter registered under the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada. Also, she provides ASL-English translation services. Nancy also provides training on Instruction and Assessment with ASL as a second language and provides consulting to interpreters, ASL instructors, organizations and referral businesses.

Judy Ercolino, M.Sc.

Judy received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1990 at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. She also studied a couple of courses related to American Sign Language, which is widely used in North America and the Deaf Community at Gallaudet University. In 1992, she earned a Master of Science in Counselling Education at McDaniel College, in Maryland.

Judy completed American Sign Language for Instruction Training in 1995 and began teaching part-time. In the fall of 1999, she joined George Brown College as a full-time professor for the ASL and Deaf Studies Program. She has been the program coordinator since 2010.

In 2001 she was a recipient of the Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

Judy was a college representative ASL advisor for the ASL Club Toronto and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee. She holds memberships of Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD) as well as American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA)

Corene Kennedy, AOCA, M.Ed., COI

Corene Kennedy is a nationally certified American Sign Language (ASL) – English interpreter holding the Certificate of Interpretation (COI) through the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC). Corene graduated from Sheridan College’s Interpreter Training Program in 1993 and has been providing freelance interpreting services ever since. Corene earned her Masters of Education in Educational Studies (MES), Leadership and Educational Improvement degree with research interests focusing on community-program partnerships to support praxis and entry to practice for novice interpreters. Prior to her career as an ASL-English interpreter, Corene was a professional artist having graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (previously known as OCA) in 1988.

In 2004, Corene joined George Brown College’s ASL-English Interpreter program as a fulltime professor, and was nominated in 2005 for the Crystal Apple Award, honouring outstanding professors at George Brown College, and in 2007/08, she was ranked among the top 15 George Brown College instructors.

Active in the field, Corene holds memberships with The Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC), the Ontario Association of Visual Language Interpreters (OASLI), the Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD), the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT), the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), and the World Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WASLI) and Critical Link (CL). She has served on both Provincial and National committees, holding various portfolios, one of which was as a message equivalency rater for the AVLIC’s test of interpretation (TOI).

Betty Jean Reid

Betty Jean graduated from the George Brown program as valedictorian and recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Award, in 1995. She worked in the field full time in both the congenital and acquired areas of deafblindness. In September, 1999 Betty Jean became a full time faculty member and Coordinator of the program. She is involved in the deafblind community in a variety of roles including past President of the Intervenor Organization of Ontario, past President of the Canadian Deafblind Association, Ontario Chapter, current member and past Chair of the Deafblind Coalition of Ontario, member of the Intervenor Services Human Resources Strategy (ISHRS) Education & Training Committee, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Canadian Helen Keller Centre.

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Zeenat Janmohamed, PhD.

Zeenat Janmohamed is the Chair of the School of Social and Community Services and Deaf and Deafblind Studies at George Brown College, having held faculty positions in School of Early Childhood, the Atkinson Centre at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and the Eric Jackman Institute of Child Studies at the University of Toronto. Zeenat leads the Early Childhood Cognitive Sensitivity Training Study, acollaboration between George Brown College, the City of Toronto’s Children’s Services Division and the Atkinson Centre at University of Toronto. The research will develop and deliver an innovative model of professional learning on cognitive sensitivity to improve the skills of ECE. Her most recent study investigates the impact of full day kindergarten and extended day programs on educators, families and school administration. Her expertise examines the implementation of ideas related to diversity, equity and difference. Her research aims to examine how diversity is explored in training, policy and practice. Zeenat completed her PhD in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE, University of Toronto.

Rhondda Reynolds

Rhondda Reynolds holds a Bachelor’s degree (McMaster , 1989), a diploma in Sign Language interpreting (Sheridan College, 1992) and a Master’s degree in Educational Studies, Leadership and Educational Improvement (University of Alberta, 2013) with a research interest focused on Interprofessional Education (IPE). She has been a full-time faculty member in the American Sign Language (ASL) – English interpreter program at George Brown College since 2010, bringing over 27 years of freelance interpreting and mentorship experience to the classroom. 

Rhondda is a nationally certified ASL-English interpreter with a certificate of interpretation (COI), awarded by the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC), and continues to interpret in a broad range of interpreting settings. She has served in a variety of capacities for both OASLI and AVLIC and has worked as a Message Feedback Specialist for AVLIC’s Test of Interpretation (TOI) preparation workshops. Workshop presentations include training for practicum supervisors, Deaf interpreters, professional interpreters and poster presentations.

Rhondda has served as Vice-President for the provincial association of Sign Language interpreters (OASLI) as well as serving as a Chair and OASLI representative for different committees. Additionally, she maintains an active role in the field through memberships with The Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC), the Ontario Association of Sign Language Interpreters (OASLI), the Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD), the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT), the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), and the World Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WASLI) and Critical Link (CL).

Phyllis Vazquez

Phyllis has a BA in Sociology from Gallaudet University, an MA in Special Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto and is currently a second year PhD student at OISE in the Languages and Literacies Education department.

Phyllis was the project leader at the College Standards and Accreditation Council (CSAC) at the Ontario Ministry of Education, spearheading a review of the skill level requirements of ASL – English interpreters, and the development of standards for Ontario ASL – English interpreter programs, culminating in the implementation of the 3 year ASL – English interpreter diploma program at George Brown College.

Phyllis has been teaching in the ASL – English interpreter diploma program since 1997 and with the faculty team, developed the submission to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to establish a 4 year Honours Bachelor degree in ASL – English Interpretation.

She is a member of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, the American Sign Language Teachers Association, the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada, the Ontario Association of Sign Language Interpreters, the Ontario Interpreter Services Advisory Committee, the Ontario Association of the Deaf and the Toronto Association of the Deaf.