Rytch Newmiller, M.S.W.
Manager, Accessible Communication Services
We believe that everybody deserves equitable communication and to feel understood and heard. We provide technology support, translation of documents, yearly interpreted tax preparation and more. We take care to make sure our information is easy to see and understand by having the information in American Sign Language (ASL) and in English.
Accessible Communication Services helps its community grow however at the same time the community also helps Accessible Communication Services grow. We are adding services to better suit what the community needs, document the successes, open and hold space for difficult conversations. We hear and include responses from the community. We continue to grow by remaining open to feedback and based on this feedback we strive to make improvements to accommodate our communities better and enhance our services.
Staff Interpreter / Manager, Interpreter Training + Development
What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Kenya – Beyond beautiful and seeing so many of the animals in the wild was amazing
I became a Registered Sign Language Interpreter in 2006. I love the field and the people I work with and for. In my spare time, my husband and I spend our time outdoors hiking the local mountains and kayaking.
Staff Interpreter / Project Manager
What is the most inspiring part of your job?
The most inspiring part of my job is to see the growth in awareness for providing accessible communication to the citizens of our province, our country, and our world. I am honoured to be a part of that access and to be able to contribute in the ways which I do.
A graduate of the program of Sign Language Interpretation at Douglas College, I have been interpreting for 28 years. I hold a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Leadership, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Sign Language Interpreting. I have a long history with Wavefront Centre for Accessible Communication, having done one of my practicum placements with the organization when I was in school. It is great to be now working at a place that feels so much like home and with a community and coworkers who feel like family.
What is your favourite thing about working at Wavefront Centre?
In my role, I have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of amazing people, and I also get to explore the many areas of this beautiful city.
I graduated from Douglas College and have been an interpreter for almost 10 years, working in BC, Alberta and Manitoba. And when I am not working, I am usually spending time with my family and friends, out walking with my dog, or reading a book.
Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility is committed to create a barrier-free environment for our staff, clients and visitors. We acknowledge that our work takes place on the unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility is the operating name for Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a registered charitable organization. Charitable Registration Number #108200098RR0001
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