Partners in language
A partnership between the Faculty of Arts and the provincial Department of Justice is helping justice workers in Labrador understand the language of the law. Linguistics professor Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie is leading the development of an Innu-aimun glossary for criminal justice.
In July, Dr. MacKenzie led a three-day workshop in Goose Bay. Participants included lawyers, a judge, and a group of Innu interpreters who have been involved in translation for the courts. She said the workshop was intended to bridge understanding between those who speak Innu-aimun but don’t necessarily have training in legal terminology, and those familiar with the legal lexicon, but not the language spoken by community members. Terminology created will be used in the larger Innu dictionary being compiled within the SSHRC-funded CURA project to develop resources for the Innu language.
Dr. Douglas Wharram, linguistics professor and co-ordinator of the Aboriginal Studies program at Memorial, subsequently travelled to Happy Valley-Goose Bay to do a similar workshop for Inuktitut.
Deputy Minister Christopher Curran, Department of Justice, approached the Faculty of Arts in the spring to initiate the sessions, which are largely funded by his department. Lawyers from the Public Legal Information Association and Labrador Legal Aid are providing plain English explanations of the terminology.
According to Dr. MacKenzie, these workshops will feed into a training course, expected to be offered in 2008, for court interpreters in the region.
Fall plant sale coming
The Botanical Garden’s highly-anticipated fall plant sale takes place on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. sharp to noon.
Offered by the Friends of the Botanical Garden (FOG), the sale takes place at the garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd.
In the past, most plants were sold by noon, so it’s advised to show up early for a good selection.
The sale usually features a good selection of heaths, heathers, shrubs and perennials suitable for the local area, as well as some unusual rhododendrons.
All proceeds raised help support the garden. Plant sale lists will not be available until the day before the sale. For more information, please call 737-8590 or visit www.mun.ca/botgarden.
Fresh legs for volleyball
Memorial’s men’s volleyball program will have a breath of fresh air this season with the appointment of a new coaching staff. Last season’s assistant coach, Luke Harris, will assume head coach responsibilities while veteran volleyball coach Terry Mosher will step into the assistant coaching role with the team.
Former head coach Michael Hayes made the tough decision to leave the team after seven seasons in the position. His departure was on good terms with Memorial Athletics and he will be missed by players and the administrators for his outstanding commitment to the program.
A certified Level Three volleyball coach, Mr. Harris has been coaching in the provincial volleyball system since 2003 and has taken many youth teams to competitions all over Canada. Along with his provincial team experience, he is no stranger to Memorial’s volleyball program. From 2003-2005, he was the assistant coach of Memorial’s women’s volleyball program before stepping into the assistant coach position with the men’s program in 2006-2007.
Mr. Mosher has been a volleyball name in Newfoundland for 20 years. With coaching experience at Canada Games and provincial program levels, his transition to university volleyball should be an easy one. A technician in the sport, Mr. Mosher will provide both technical and disciplinary support to the program.
“We are very exciting about the team of coaches the men’s program will have this year,” said Michelle Healey, director of Athletics. “Luke has proven to be a valuable coaching asset over the last few years and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to work in the head coaching role with the men’s team.”
The men’s team will begin this season’s competition in October, with the first home games taking place on the 27th and 28th against Dalhousie in the Field House.
For more information on the Sea-Hawks upcoming season, visit www.mun.ca/athletics.