Bessy Ferris holds a B.Sc. (Psychology) from the University of Toronto and a M.A. (Criminology) from Simon Fraser University. Bessy has over 30 years of customer service experience in both the private and public sectors and in both frontline and senior management positions. As well, she has an academic background and years of practical experience working with reporting software and in data analysis.
Bessy is bilingual. Her academic, work and volunteer experiences have allowed her to collaborate successfully with individuals from a wide spectrum of professional and cultural backgrounds. She is active in advocating for improved access to training and in the engagement of professional, credentialed interpreters through her participation in advisory committees (such as the Court Services’ Court Interpreter Advisory Team, the BC Collaborative for Quality Language Services and the now defunct Vancouver Community College Interpreting Program Advisory Committee). Outside of her work as the Manager of Interpretation Services, Bessy has been engaged as a research consultant and as a proposal and grant application developer and writer in the area of gender-based violence. Finally, Bessy also holds an appointment as a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for British Columbia.