Feb. 11, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Three high school students and a teacher were the recipients of the first annual provincewide translation competition recently established by Traduction NB Translation Inc. (NB Translation). Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty presented the awards today.
The competition is open to students in grades 9-12 and is intended to promote career opportunities in the translation industry.
"The Department of Supply and Services is pleased to support this great initiative to raise awareness about the excellent career opportunities available to New Brunswickers in the translation field," said Doherty. "As Canada's only officially bilingual province, New Brunswick has a great talent pool to draw from, and so is particularly well-positioned to see this industry thrive here."
The competition drew 51 student participants from 10 schools in francophone school districts across the province. Students could also participate in the contest in Spanish.
Five finalists were chosen, and their translation skills were evaluated by a committee that included representatives from l'Université de Moncton, NB Translation, and the translation industry.
The winners are:
"The public and private sectors must be able to rely on professional translators, now and in the future, to meet the needs of the people of our province," said NB Translation president Yvonne McLaughlin. "If we want to develop the translation industry, we must make sure that our young people are aware of the appeal of a translation career in New Brunswick. We have launched this competition to encourage them to enroll in the translation training program at l'Université de Moncton."
Prizes for the award winners were provided by the New Brunswick Translation Bureau, Centre de traduction et de terminologie jurisdiques, l'Universite de Moncton, and NB Translation.
The Department of Supply and Services includes the New Brunswick Translation Bureau, which facilitates the translation of more than 16 million words per year on behalf of the provincial government, and also provides interpretation services. The bureau encourages industry development with stakeholders including NB Translation, educational institutions, and students who are considering translation and/or interpretation as a career.
Traduction NB Translation Inc. is a not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to promote the translation industry by providing a forum where the interests of clients, translation service providers, educational institutions and government bodies are represented and the need for succession planning taken into account in order to ensure the orderly growth of the industry.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Sylvie Ward, Traduction NB Translation, 506-753-3323.