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Our BCCSD goals

The British Columbia Cultural Society of the Deaf has been formed. It has pioneered a new view of what it means to be Deaf. This is done by educating others to create greater awareness of Deaf accomplishments, arts, culture and hertiage through various activities. It is necessary to Shift the perspective of Deaf people as having a medical pathology to one of being a member of a cultural and a linguistic minority group.

We are committed to expanding the frontiers of acceptance, affirmation, endless possibilities and opportunity for a Deaf child or adult to live full satisfying lives in society.

The History of BCCSD

Date:
Significant Events:

1970
Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD) was established by Forrest C Nickerson to encourage Deaf Culture nationally. The headquaters were in the heart of Canada - Winnipeg.

1972
The CCSD was incorporated When Forrest C. Nickerson came to Vancouver and give a lecture of his CCSD goals at Brodie Hall mass. The BCCSD quickly sprang up, and the local Deaf people competed at the local and Provincial levels.

Larry Grant was the first BCCSD provincial director-appointed in BC. Meanwhile the Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf (GVAD), Dennis Milton was became the first Local Director-appointed.

CCSD held contests at the local, provincial and National levels. just as "Deaf Festival of the Arts" has began.

1973
"Home Arts" was introduced at the first competition in conjunction with Calgary's convention of the Western Canada Association of the Deaf (WCAD)in July of 1973

1975
BCCSD President John Sigurdon and Dennis Milton spearheaded the CCSD sponsorship at the Provincial and local levels in British Columbia.

1976
The Third Biennial National Festival of the Arts was hosted in Vancouver Hotel under the leadership of Larry Grant, Dennis Milton and John Sigurdon.

1978
The fourth Biennial National Festivals of the Arts was hosted in Montreal, Que. During the week of July 1978.

1980
The Fifth Biennial National Festival was hosted in Winnipeg during the week of July 1980. The CCSD celebrated its ten year of cultural development for Deaf Canadians.

1983
The British Columbia Cultural of the Deaf(BCCSD) was formally established. It was affilitated with CCSD. Tristan Blackburn desgined the BCCSD logo with a handshape glossed with "CULTURE". Audrey Robinson (Nee Pettipes) designed the BCCSD Banner along with BCCSD Logo, which sure enough with spread like wild fire across all Canada.

1986
The main office of CCSD was moved to Edmonton, Alberta became the new home of CCSD.

1992
To the present.

As the world has seen a lot of change rapidly, The BCCSD has also seen a lot of changes lately. Proudly, The BCCSD is still going strong once again.

Our Mission Statement
To promote a positive image of Deaf people in society, and to further their cultural contributions in the pursuit of appreciated art, drama, literature.




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