In 1982, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) felt the need to train its staff in French as a second language and to assess the second language capabilities of its employees, in-house and by its own linguistic specialists. Second language instructors were hired and started in-house teaching as well as designing occupationally-related second language training programs and proficiency assessments. The latter were conducted to determine the actual linguistic capabilities of CHEO's staff.
The language training and testing sections of what was called the Bilingual Services Department evolved into the Chidren's Hospital Language Training Centre in 1987. In 1991, it became New Avenues Linguistic Services inc. and was privatized in 1996. Since then, New Avenues Linguistic Services (NALS) has provided consultation, language assessments, language training along with translation services in Ottawa, eastern, northern and southern Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and the Yukon.Rose Méry-Gorrie, who set the language programs and testing methods in place for CHEO back in the early eighties is now New Avenues' owner and Executive Director. Her doctoral studies in adult education at the Unversity of Montreal and other studies in testing procedures at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, coupled with over forty years experience in nthe health care/linguistic field place her in a unique position to be able to guide NALS operations and its ever widening client base. Rose has penned articles on second language learning, spoken at conferences at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbour and in Washington, D.C., conferred with experts at John Hopkins University, attended conferences of the Learned Societies and completed courses through the Canadian Hospital Association in Health Services Management. She is backed by a strong team of professionals who share her goals and dedication to quality work and excellence in communications.
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