arlier this year, Calgary’s deaf community celebrated the opening of a new gathering space.
Just over six months later, organizers say they need to start all over again.
Organizers with the Calgary Association of the Deaf (CAD) say they entered the organization’s offices on Sept. 16 to discover a painful scene.
“We entered the building and didn’t realize that our office had been broken into,” said Rytch Newmiller, CAD’s secretary and treasurer. “Everything had been stolen.”
According to Newmiller, thieves stole about $50,000 in material goods, including computers, iPads, laptops and video production equipment. They also stole items that are hard to put a dollar value on.
“The files, the papers, the documentation that we had … those were invaluable,” he said. “Our history, our antiques from the seniors who have donated … we had stuff from 1935 until now. So how do you place a value on that?”