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Faculty Directory

Faculty ImageThe 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.

Judy Ercolino
American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
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Corene Kennedy (view bio)
American Sign Language - English Interpreter 
416-415-5000, ext. 3261 

Wayne Nicholson
American Sign Language - English Interpreter
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Betty Jean Reid (view bio)
Intervenor for Deafblind Persons
416-415-5000, ext. 2357

Rhondda Reynolds
American Sign Language - English Interpreter
416-415-5000, ext. 3426

Phyllis Vazquez
American Sign Language - English Interpreter
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Faculty Bios:

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 and part time in both the congenital and acquired areas of intervenor services.  In September 1999 Betty Jean became a full time faculty member and coordinator of the program at GBC. 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 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rotary Cheshire Homes.