Others like me

« Avec les pieds des autres – Sur les chemins de Compostelle »

Book. Edited by Marie-Paule Trudel. 

The author, an unusual pilgrim, enjoyed the “Compostelle Boo” in her own way, as a disabled person. With cheerfulness and sparkles of humor, she describes her various peregrinations in France and in Spain.

Available at the cost of 20.00 $. You have to contact Mrs Trudel by email at marie-paule.t@sympatico.ca to know the paiement and shipping formalities.

Le parcours de ma vie

    Biographical collection of Lucette Fortin. Edited by Marielle Fortin. 98 p.

Le Parcours de ma vie is a biographical anthology from Lucette Fortin, a woman who contracted polio at the age     of 13.

This book recounts some important events in the life of Lucette Fortin, as well as the way she faced difficulties.        Despite her limitations, this woman could live her life and get involved in the cause of disabled people.

    Available for $10,00  (+ shipping fee). Please contact Mrs. Ghislaine Fortin by email at  g.fortin@globetrotter.net or by mail at the address below :

28 rue des Cêdres
Le Bic, Qc
G0L 1B0
Telephone: 418-736-5880

Walking fingers – The Story of Polio and Those Who Lived With It

Book. Edited by Sally Aitken, Helen D’Orazio and Stewart Valin. 239 p.

Walking Fingers tells the story of polio in Canada, the story of the determined organizations and people who helped eradicate it and, at the book’s core, thirty-six poignant stories of polio survivors and their caregivers.

Available for $20,00.

L’Histoire vécue de la Polio au Québec

Book. Edited by Sally Aitken, Pierrette Caron and Gilles Fournier. 288 p.

This book regroup 40 testimonies of polio victims. It gives a good insight of a time not well known in Quebec social history.

There is only a few copies left. Available for $20,00.

Personal Experiences of Poliomyelitis through Diverse Christian Faith Worldviews in Mid-Twentieth Century Canada

Personal Experiences of Poliomyelitis through Diverse Christian Faith Worldviews in Mid-Twentieth Century Canada. [PDF, 2 Mb]
By Virginia (Ginny) S. Bodsworth
In partial fulfillment of a Masters Degree in History
York University, Toronto, Ontario
19 February, 2010

Abstract: The nineteen fifties (1945-1963) was a period of great religious upsurge in Canada. It was also the period of Canada‘s worst polio epidemics. Interviews with 24 Canadian polio survivors revealed that Catholics and Protestants tended to display different attitudes toward suffering and illness. Since Catholics saw a God-ordained purpose to illness and disability, they tended to embrace and compassionately respond to it. Since Protestants tended to see suffering and inequality as stemming from evil, they were more inclined to try to overcome sickness and promote equality among people, regardless of disability. Even when victims and their families were not devoutly religious, specific religious orientations and worldviews informed their responses to the challenges of polio. Thus, this study proposes that religious worldview is a valuable lens through which one can interpret and understand epidemic disease histories. Interviews provided each survivor with a safe and comfortable place to talk about the religious aspects of their experience. Interview results showed the importance of asking religious questions.