Alberta Muembo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and spent most of her life in Sierra Leone and Kenya. She moved with her family to Canada four years ago as a refugee and has been working as a part-time interpreter in English, French, and Swahili at settlement offices in Saskatoon. She also does medical phone interpretation in English, French, Swahili, and Krio at Status Online Phone Interpreters. Alberta is currently pursuing a degree in International Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. On campus, she is involved with the Usask Model United Nations and the African Student’s Association. She also loves to volunteer at intercultural events and any other event that involves welcoming Newcomers or New Students to Canada.
Alberta’s passion for interpretation led her to build Bridge Interpreters and Translators (B.I.T). B.I.T. is a non-profit organization of interpreters and translators based in Saskatoon. As languages continue to evolve, communication barriers constantly grow. Inspired by SDG #3 – Good health and Well-Being, SDG #4 – Quality Education, and SDG #8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, B.I.T. provides services that break down these communication barriers by bridging the gap between Newcomers and Canadians until Newcomers are fluent in either English or French.