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Suzanne Villeneuve, Interprète

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Suzanne Villeneuve

Certified Interpreter

When Suzanne Villeneuve took her first LSQ course in her twenties, her knowledge of Sign Language was limited and she was unaware that the profession of interpreter even existed. She soon fell in love with the richness of Sign Language and the Deaf community. After taking courses at the Institut Raymond-Dewar, she decided to change careers and was part of the first cohort to complete certificates in visual interpretation from Université du Québec à Montréal.

Suzanne has worked as a French-LSQ interpreter since 1992, and in 2008 she became the first person to be certified in this language combination by the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ). She holds a Master’s degree in linguistics and currently works as an interpretation services counselor at the Service d’interprétation visuelle et tactile (SIVET). She also teaches in the certificate in visual interpretation and collaborates with the Research group on LSQ and Deaf bilingualism at the Université du Québec à Montréal. As one Deaf professor pointed out, Suzanne is living proof that teaching Sign Language to hearing people is worthwhile !

Suzanne’s participation in Véro’s doctoral research includes ensuring the accuracy of LSQ translations of the project’s consent form and license for public distribution.