The professional association of Australian translators and interpreters has held its biennial award giving ceremony in Canberra on the weekend.
There was a record number of entries this year and the standard was again very high. In most cases the jury had a difficult task deciding on the winners. The full list of AUSIT Excellence Awards presented in Canberra on Friday 11 November is as follows:
1) EXCELLENCE IN INTERPRETING
Winner: Ms Xin JIN, NSW for leading the interpreting team at the Australian Pavilion at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai – 6-month assignment (Language: Mandarin) Runner-up 1: Mr Nadesan SUNDARESAN, Vic for a series of interpreting assignments in a detention facility for asylum seekers (Language: Tamil) Runner-up 2: Ms Rona ZHANG, Qld for interpreting at the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai – 6-month assignment (Language: Mandarin)
2) EXCELLENCE IN TRANSLATION
Winner: Ms Dalia MATAR, NSW for translation and subtitling of the SBS Dateline program “Iraq’s Deadly Legacy” (Language: Arabic)
3) OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE T&I INDUSTRY
Winner: Transcultural & Language Service (TALS) Department at Northern Health, Vic for their centralised language service model, including improving local access to quality interpreters and transcultural staff training for improved use of interpreters.
Highly Commended: Sign Language Communications (SLC), NSW for the John Ferris Interpreter Internship mentoring program (Language: Auslan)
4) OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO INDIGENOUS T&I
Winner: TAFE SA, S.A. for the Diploma of Interpreting course designed specifically for Anangu-speaking students living in remote communities of South Australia
The Paul Sinclair Award for Outstanding Contribution to AUSIT was won by Mr Rod Wahl, for the leadership he provided in the 2010 AUSIT Constitution Review project.
The Award ceremony was followed next day by the Jill Blewett Memorial Lecture: an annual event held in memory of Jill Blewett since 1992, in recognition of the role she played in the formative years of the translation and interpreting profession in Australia until her untimely death in 1988. This year the lecture was presented by Senator Kate Lundy who spoke on the importance of the translating and interpreting industry as a pillar of multiculturalism.
AUSIT is the professional association of Australian translators and interpreters.
Tea Dietterich or Annamaria Arnall
P: 08 9383 7636
M: +61 410 415 636