Hello! My name is Valoree Boyer. My sign name is finger spelled, Val. Thank you for the opportunity to be one of the candidates for the Region III Representative position. This experience has been a tremendous opportunity.
A little bit about myself: I was born and raised in Michigan. Currently, I live in West Michigan. I have one daughter who is 11 years old. I’ve been interpreting for 25 years and have been RID certified for the past 11 years. When it comes to leadership experience, I have this to share: Some time ago, I was director of a sign
language interpreting agency. Also, I served as president for the Michigan Coalition for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind People. For the past 6 years, I have been director of Camp Chris Williams (CCW.) This is a camp for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind youth. Additionally, I run my own interpreting business. Prior to this, I traveled the country interpreting and briefly worked in a staff interpreter position. However, the bulk of my work has been as an independent contractor. Lastly, I have presented interpreter workshops with a fellow colleague in various states and virtually.
Throughout these job positions, significant amounts of time were spent negotiating and building relationships among groups with varying dynamics and perspectives. I am familiar with the process of multi-dimensional collaboration from business viewpoints, to interpreter viewpoints, to the many viewpoints of our community. Personally, I have a collective leadership style. I value each individual’s place and what they bring to the table. One particular leadership strength of mine, is being able to organize all the varying viewpoints from a group, and put them into common goals for the future.
What an interesting time of history we are in! The world as a whole is attempting to make remarkable changes. Likewise, RID is discussing a potential shift in the organization as well. How interesting that all of this is happening simultaneously! An interesting time in history indeed. Much has been unexpected. Much continues to be unsettling. How our profession will look in a year, 2 years, and even 3 years from now, is certainly unknown. However, I believe this is an exciting time to participate in history and I wholly embrace the opportunity!
If elected, the leadership experiences and leadership traits that I outlined above, will be the foundation that I draw from to represent membership within Region III. Going forward, I hope to see Region III strengthen its collaboration and identify those in our field who are the experts from varying viewpoints. The list is vast, from hearing interpreters, to CDIs, to virtual interpreters, to in-person interpreters, and so on. By bringing to the forefront those most knowledgeable in every area, we can have the conversations necessary for growth during this remarkable time in history. We will become stronger as a region. This is my hope.
Thank you for all of your encouragement and support. Thank you also, for being involved in Region III and RID.