Plain language has been around a long time – and has made some great in-roads into different communications, sectors, and countries. It has achieved successes in government, business and education. However, it could have a stronger profile, a greater impact and a more global influence if our integration practices were improved.
Cathy Basterfield, AustraliaAccess Easy English
Cathy Basterfield, a speech pathologist has 25 years experience working with people with complex communication needs. Cathy runs Access Easy English, a specialist business writing documents for people with non-functional literacy. Integrating a skill , process or program into an organisation is about making changes. Making changes is a journey. Cathy will examine skills we need, to enable this journey to occur for plain language.
Cindy Messaros, Executive Director, Alberta CanadaAlberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES)
Cindy is an ESL professional at heart who capitalizes on the Workplace Essential Skills framework to reduce barriers immigrants face at work. Cindy has been the executive director of Alberta Workforce Essential Skills since 2009. Plain language is key to getting her message across to workers and employers. Cindy has worked on a number of projects using her plain language skills and experience. She will share what has worked best in the field of essential skills.
Diana Twiss, Director of adult and workplace learning, Decoda Literacy Solutions, BC, Canada
Diana Twiss has worked in adult literacy since 1993 with educational, government, community and workplace programs. Diana has led teams examining approaches to workplace learning, developed and supported numerous programs, and engaged in research and literacy reviews. She was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to improving adult Canadian literacy and skills levels, while raising national literacy awareness. Diana will explore how we can get plain language firmly entrenched into the field of literacy.
Terri Peters, tlp training
Terri Peters is a trainer and consultant specializing in plain language, adult literacy, and workplace essential skills. In 2011, she received the Life of Learning Award from Calgary Learns for excellence as an adult learning Designer/Director. She has done plain language consulting for organizations such as Red Cross, the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, the City of Airdrie, and for the University of Calgary fourth year Nursing students. Terri will highlight was has worked best in her varied experience and what direction she recommends practitioners take when integrating plain language.
Christabelle Kux-Kardos, BC
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