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The Lion Roars Humanitarian Award

Leo Latz and his wife, Evelyn, gave generously of their time, talents, and kindness in support of interpreters and the Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf over many years. 

To honor all that Leo and Evelyn have done, “The Lion Roars Humanitarian Award” has been established and is awarded to a person or group that demonstrates a humanitarian spirit in supporting the interpreting profession and/or the deaf community. 

The name of the award comes from the by-line Leo used (“The Lion Roars”) in his regular column for the Thompson Hall Newsletter. The first “The Lion Roars Humanitarian Award” was given to Bonham Cross at the 2005 MRID Fall Conference in Mankato. 

There are two basic requirements for award nominees:

  • be an individual or group who does not depend on interpreting for their livelihood, and
  • must demonstrate that they have made enduring, significant contributions to the interpreting profession and/or the Deaf community.

To nominate an individual or group, contact MRID's President at president@mrid.org or Secretary at secretary@mrid.org before October 10, 2016.

Past Lion Roars recipients

2016 - Mary Hartnett
2015 - Jay Fehrman
2014 - Doug Bahl
2005 - Bonham Cross


MRID Member of the Year (MOTY) 

This award is given each year to an MRID member who exemplifies a contribution and commitment not only to MRID but to the field of interpreting and to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind communities we serve. The award recipient has a history of donating his/her time, energy and volunteerism, which supports the growth of our field and benefits the consumers we serve. Nominees must be current members of MRID to be considered. 

According to MRID'S Policy ad Procedure Manual, the candidate must meet the following criteria: 
1. The Candidate must be an active member of MRID for at least 5 (five) years. 
2. The Candidate made outstanding contributions during the previous 3 (three) years. 
3. The Candidate has given a substantial amount of their own time and/or resources (not while on another job) to MRID work. 
4. The Candidate has achieved something that substantially contributes to upgrading and/or improving the interpreting profession in Minnesota and/or nation.

To nominate a Member of the Year contact MRID's President at president@mrid.org, or Secretary at secretary@mrid.org.

Past MOTY Recipients

Kari Brecht
Tarra Grammenos
David Evans
Paul Deeming
Stacey Hardin-Ferguson
Pam Wellumson
Susan Boinis
Stephen Medlicott
Katie Hoye
Laurie Swabey
Lynn Joa Wander
Mary Borrmann
Debbie Timmers
Patty Gordon
Mari Magler
Lisa Seaman
Mary Burnes
Doug Bowen-Bailey
Julie Bauch
Carol Helou (Murphy McWade) 
Mary Jo Cristofaro Hark
Kay Eichler
Paula Gawjeski Mickelson
Marie Elliott Hoff
Michael Rosen
Shari Estep
Jan Radatz
Nanci Niedermayer Yanes 
Richard Laurion
Susan Brooks
Rubin Latz
Marty Barnum
Pam Sherwood Gabrielson 
Alina Schroeder
Susan Arneson
Kathy Moe


MRID Outstanding Organization of the Year Award


The Outstanding Organization of the Year Award is given to an organization for their extraordinary contributions to the field of interpreting. Recommendations fro this award are accepted from the general membership and the MRID Board of Directors chooses the recipient. The MRID standing President presents this award to the organization during the Annual Fall Conference.

To nominate an individual or group, contact MRID's President at president@mrid.org or Secretary at secretary@mrid.org.

Past Organization recipients

2016 - Family Tree Clinic
2015 - Metro ECSU


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