Will the year 2007
    be a great year?


Monday, November 27, 2006

Stories and Pictures from the Past:

During the U.S. Thanksgiving, I had the honour of meeting FrecklesFly's grandfather.  He brought his photo album of photos from his whole life, it was very interesting looking at them and I was pretty impressed at the amount of pictures he had from the 1930's to 2000's, he probably has more pictures than I had in total before I went to Europe!  The most interesting pictures were from his hiking and traveling experiences during the 1940's.

In 1945, he decided to travel from Seattle, WA through parts of British Columbia, towards Alaska, made his way to Valdez and Fairbanks, AA and managed to spend some time in Dawson City and Whitehorse, YK.  The most interesting thing about his trip was he built his own "square" boat and rowed the boat all the way from British Columbia through Yukon to Alaska and then when he got to I think Fairbanks he sold the boat for 5 dollars to the Native Americans there.

Her grandparents are Deaf too and her grandfather grew up attending school at the Manitoba School for the Deaf and along his trip he met several people who grew up going to MSD too.  He had some pictures of Deaf events and there was a set of pictures from the West Canada Association for the Deaf and it was during their 50th anniversary.  There were a lot of people in the picture, a rough estimate would be some where between 150 to 200 people.  My general observation was that WCAD was a huge Deaf association so I tried to Google WCAD and got absolutely nothing related to WCAD!  It looks like WCAD disappeared off the face of earth!  I asked her grandfather what happened to WCAD and I think he said it faded and shut down, but I find it hard to believe especially if it was running for more than 50 years and had that many people attend their 50th anniversary.  I read somewhere that not only Canadians attended, but a lot of Americans attended that event too so thought maybe it incorporated into a general West Deaf Association, still found nothing.

Anyone reading this know what happened to WCAD, let me know and thanks.


Anonymous said...

I have this Canadian Deaf Heritage book written by Dr. Clifton Carbin. It's being borrowed right now but I will be able to get it tomorrow. I can check it out if it includes WCAD at all.

FrecklesFly said...

Saw that book on internet, WCAD was mentioned but not much information. Maybe there was more intormation in a actual book, let's see what you find :) So far, based on what I could get off internet, it looked like WCAD, ECAD and one more were merged into what was now CAD but it did not quite state it. :P Back to more researching...

Anonymous said...

i still haven't gotten the book yet... I'll let you know if there is more information about it in the book.