On September 9, 2005 Aquinas Institute was incorporated with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs of the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
AQUINAS MISSION STATEMENT
- To help people.
- To provide quality service to our clients.
- To give integrity, dignity and professionalism to the people working with us in the hope that they would be happy, they would provide quality service to our clients, and they would pass this happiness to their families.
- To share our resources with the needy around the world.
AQUINAS INTERPRETING SERVICES
Aquinas Institute Corporation officially opened its business with the establishment of its interpretation and translation services on January 3, 2006. See the Vancouver Sun newspaper, “Open for Business”, January 23, 2006, p. D4.
The corporation provided court-judicial-legal interpreting services to the BC Courts, Canadian Federal Courts and legal firms. Its massive recruitment of interpreters resulted in a big database of over 2,500 registered interpreters and a large scope of over 250 languages and dialects in which the the company could provide interpreting services.
Aquinas Institute Corporation was committed to providing quality, accurate, confidential, punctual, ethical, and professional interpretation and translation services.
Aquinas Institute Corporation was an equal opportunity contractor for court interpreters. It did not discriminate on the bases of race, ethnic origin, color, religion, language, sex, beauty or disability.
The corporation gave work to professionals, religious ministers, college students, high school graduates, the retired, new immigrants, the unemployed, those on social assistance, and visible minorities.
AQUINAS COURT-JUDICIAL-LEGAL INTERPRETER TRAINING PROGRAM
In 2006, Aquinas Institute Corporation started offering a court interpreter training program, which had become its well known trademark as the “Aquinas Court-Judicial-Legal Interpreter Training Program”. The Aquinas training was the fastest way, the most practical way and the most economical way to learn court interpreting. Many graduates were successful in getting hired as contractor interpreters in B.C. Courts, government agencies, legal firms and language service agencies.
To date, Aquinas Institute Corporation continues to train court interpreters under its DBA Aquinas Institute. The Aquinas Court-Judicial-Legal Interpreter Training Program is recognized by the BC Courts, the Alberta Courts and the English Courts that have hired Aquinas graduates.
AQUINAS TRAVEL SERVICES
On May 26, 2016 Aquinas Institute Corporation was granted a licence to operate as a travel agency by Consumer Protection BC. It now operates under the DBA Aquinas Holy Land Tours and the DBA Aquinas Travel. Although the Aquinas travel agency specializes in Holy Land Tours, it also organizes tours in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Asia and Europe.
TRIP TO INDIA 2019
On August 14, 2019 Teresita Nixon was one of the 8 hosted buyers from Canada approved by the Government of India Ministry of Tourism to attend the India Tourism Mart 2019. Out of 2, 100 applicants from various countries around the world, only 244 delegates were selected for this annual event. She was in India from September 22, 2019 to September 29, 2019. She participated in a 3-day tourism conference and a FAM tour of the Golden Triangle in New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Furthermore, as an approved hosted buyer, Teresita received free return air tickets from Vancouver to New Delhi, free accommodations in 5-star hotels with buffet meals throughout the trip., and a free 3-day FAM tour.
While in New Delhi, Teresita stayed at the Ashok Hotel, which was only 5-minute walk to the Embassy of the Holy See. Twice, she attended the Mass in the church of the embassy. The second Mass on September 24, 2019 was officiated by the Most Reverend Giambattista Diquattro, Papal Nuncio to India, who also blessed a beautiful, bronze statue of Our Lady with the Crucified Jesus, a small crucifix and two rosaries for Teresita.
Teresita also had the opportunity to attend Mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on two Sundays., September 22, 2019 and September 29, 2019. This Cathedral belongs to the Latin Rite. It is the largest Catholic church and one of the oldest church buildings in New Delhi. On September 29, 2019, Sacred Heart Cathedral celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Archbishop Emeritus Vincent Michael Conçessao was the main celebrant accompanied by many priests concelebrating at the one and only Mass. for the day. Teresita received a special blessing from the Archbishop Emeritus immediately after the Mass. There was also a procession in honor of the Sacred Heart on the streets and this procession ended in the hall of the Convent of Jesus and Mary for Benediction. Teresita met Fr. Jervis D’Souza, Deputy Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. She joined the members of the parish community for lunch through the kindness of Fr. Patrick and Profession M. Alexander.