NameDorothy Gwyndoline DEAKIN , 1C1R
Birth3 Mar 1921, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Death1 Oct 2004, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Burial8 Oct 2004
Occupation Secretary, Copy Writer, Speech Pathologist
Notes for Dorothy Gwyndoline DEAKIN
Dorothy was a pioneer in the area of speech pathology. She was one of the first speech pathologists in Canada. She took her training in England. She pursued genealogy, and passed on some of the information to me which is now a part of this site. She lived in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Listed as passengers on the Duchess of Atholl (Canadian Pacific Line) departed Montreal, arrived Liverpool May 7, 1931, Edith Deakin, housewife age 47, Dorothy Deakin, student age 10, address in UK , 102 Billesley Lane, Mosely, Birmingham.
Canadian Passenger Lists
Departed Liverpool, arrived Quebec on the Duchess of Atholl, third class, September 25, 1931. Edith Deakin, wife, age 40, born Birmingham, in Canada 1919 to 1931, Port Arthur, Ontario, husband Robert Charles Deakin, 77 Prospect Avenue, Port Arthur, Ontario. Daughter Dorothy Deakin, age 10, born Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Canada Voters Lists 1945
19 Brunet Avenue, Jaques-Cartier electoral district, Montreal, Quebec
R. C. Deakin, deputy registrar
Mrs. E. G. Deakin
Miss D. Deakin, secretary
Canada Voters Lists - 1949
3576 West 21st Avenue, Vancouver-Quadra electoral district, Vancouver, British Columbia
Robert Charles Deakin, retired
Mrs. Edith Deakin
Miss Dorothy Deakin, copy writer
Canada Voters Lists 1974
245 Riverside Avenue, Okanagan-Boundary electoral district, Kelowna, British Columbia
Miss Dorothy Deakin, speech therapist
Listed as a passenger on the Saxonia departed New York, arrived Liverpool January 15, 1955 Dorothy Deakin, born March 3, 1921, address in UK, The Yeld, Church Stretton, Nr. Shrewsbury, Eng., secretary, citizen of Canada, intended to be permanent resident of England. [perhaps she was going to school at this time]
Was a strong supporter of St. Andrew’s Church.
St. Andrews Anglican cemetery
Okanagan-Similkameen Region, British Columbia
1921 ~ 2004
Obituary Provided by David Cooper
Dorothy Gwyndoline Deakin
3 March 1921 - 1 October 2004
Dorothy Gwyndoline Deakin was born in Winnipeg on 3 March 1921, the only child of Robert and Gwyndoline Deakin. She attended schools in Port Arthur and Montreal where she found her first job working in advertising and during WWII with the Purchasing Department of Defence Industries Ltd which was involved with the Chalk River nuclear project. After the war she moved to Vancouver working again for advertising agencies. In 1954 she decided to travel and work in England. During the next ten years she hiked, canoed, climbed, explored as much of Europe as she could, as well as taking advantage of the life and culture that London had to offer. It was during this time that she felt the call to become a speech and language therapist and from 1956 to 1959 studied at the College of Speech Therapists in England. For the next five years she worked as a speech therapist for the local education authority in Croydon, England but then returned to Canada in 1964 to make her home in Kelowna working at for South Okanagan Health Region as the speech/language pathologist. As a local pioneer in this field." She established the Speech Therapy Program throughout the Okanagan and Kootenay areas. However, as the program developed, she confined her work to the Kelowna area. She continued to remain current within her chosen field attending courses at Stanford University Summer session in 1969 and returned to England in 1972 to obtain her Master of Science in Human Communications from London University. She began the first Cleft Palate Clinic in the Interior in 1975; established the speech/language therapy program in the Rehabilitation Ward of the Kelowna General Hospital; and, provided therapy to the Okanagan Neurological Association. For her many contributions to the communities within the Okanagan area, in 1981 she was awarded the Sarah Denalda Threadgold Women of the Year Award. In 1986 she retired, but immediately joined the Central Okanagan Hospice Association as a volunteer until her death having also served as a Board Member. Until prevented by reasons of health, she maintained her zeal for life and adventures in her many trips throughout BC's varied landscapes. She was an active volunteer member of the Kelowna cultural, health and hospice societies; the Canadian representative and local mentor for The Study Society, London; a member of St Andrew's Church, Lakeshore;and, a benefactor to many. charitable organizations. Her life and work were focused on the wellbeing and betterment of other. Following a stoke in her home at Hawthorne Park Retirement Home, Kelowna, she passed away on 1 October 2004 at the Kelowna General Hospital.
From Daily Courier [Kelowna, British Colombia]
Former Woman of Year Mourned as Tireless Community Worker
Dorothy Deakin championed field of speech therapy in the Okanagan.
Kelowna’s first speech and language therapist, Dorothy Deakin, is fondly remembered by her many friends and family after her death Oct. 1 following a stroke.
During her eulogy, friend Barbara Walker recalled the many images of Deakin committed to helping others, with a sense of humour and never without a smile.
“She just had a wonderful personality,” said Walker. “Wisdom, courage, charm, a tireless worker for the things she believed in.”
In 1964, when she moved to Kelowna, Deakin believed in the importance of speech therapy.
“She was on call 24 hours a day,” said Walker. “She insisted on being brought in as soon as possible after someone had lost speech.”
Walker recalled how Deakin’s belief that unconscious people could hear raised some eyebrows at the time.
“She was very against medical staff talking over patients as if they weren’t there. She really pioneered that here in the Valley.”
Deakin also worked with children experiencing speaking problems. Walker recalled the story of a Vietnamese lady whose sons had been treated by Deakin.
“I guess the children had been traumatized by what they saw in their homeland and couldn’t speak. Dorothy was patient with them, waiting for a couple of visits before the children felt safe enough to talk. Their mother is still so grateful.”
Deakin was born in Winnipeg in 1921 and grew up in Port Arthur and Montreal. One of her first jobs was writing jingles for advertising and radio. In 1954, Deakin decided to visit England and ended up staying 10 years, completing her formal education there at the College of Speech Therapists.
During her tenure as a speech therapist ion Kelowna, Deakin was instrumental in founding the Okanagan Neurological Association - now the Central Okanagan Child Development Centre - as well as beginning the cleft palate clinic for the Interior and helping establish the local crisis line. Her community involvement was recognized in 1981 when she received the Donelda Treadgold award as Kelowna’s woman of the year. She retired in 1986.
In her later years, as a resident of Hawthorne Park, Deakin continued to inspire others with a Monday meditation group and gardening.
She volunteered with the Central Okanagan Hospice Society until her death.