About Us

About Us

Sandra German, RDR, RMR, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CRI, CPE, CSR(A), FAPR

Sandra’s been a court reporter since 1979 as an official and freelancer court reporter, firm owner and manager, software trainer, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Court Reporting instructor, mentor, consultant, and is presently a CART captioner (on-site and remote) and broadcast captioner.  She pioneered CART in Alberta in 1989 and began broadcast captioning in 2002.  She has provided CART in educational, corporate, and personal settings such as post-secondary educational classes, workshops, conventions, weddings, funerals, convocations, and meetings with numerous federal, provincial, civic and public organizations, to name a few.  She developed and taught a realtime course worldwide to court reporters wanting to become CART captioneres and broadcast captioners via simultaneous webcast over the internet.  She is a guest lecturer, mentor, and facilitator to court reporting students and encourages fellow colleagues to join her in her many CART endeavours.  Sandra has presented numerous workshops and seminars to court reporting associations and National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association (ASRA) conventions across North America. 
 
In 2005, Sandra became Canada’s first RDR (Registered Diplomat Reporter), which is the highest level of certification through the National Court Reporters Assoc. (NCRA).  She has held numerous positions with the Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association (ASRA) and was their president from 2008 to 2011.  Sandra has chaired the Advisory Board of the Captioning and Court Reporting Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).  Sandra is an active member of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Assoc, and has been on the NCRA’s (National Court Reporters Association) membership committee, the CART Community of Interest (CoI) Committee and the Captioning Community of Interest (CoI) committee.   
 
In May, 2014, Sandra was bestowed a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters (FAPR), a professional distinction conferred upon a person of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting.
 
Personally, Sandra enjoys reading, traveling, computers, scrapbooking and handicrafts, volunteering, brachycephalic dogs, spending time with her family and friends, and interacting with people. Sandra recently became a grandmother and can’t get enough of her grandchildren!  Professionally, she enjoys writing shorthand and learning new vocabulary, sharing and teaching all aspects of her amazing profession. She loves the path her career has taken her, especially working with people who are hard of hearing in educating the public and promoting access for persons with disabilities. 
 
Sandra can be reached at sandragerman@abcaptioning.com