Native American (Inuit)
Born as Roda Nuuvuka at Payne Bay (now Kangirsuk) in northern Quebec. Apparently became hysterically deaf at age 3 from shock; 5 years later, in 1948, she became very ill and was taken to a government hospital. In that same year, she was then taken away from her family, given a new surname (Dola) and placed in the Halifax School for the Deaf, where she stayed until 1957, becoming a champion figure skater. 1957-1960, attended Halifax Ladies' College as its only deaf student, then left to attend Gallaudet College. She then married and raised a family. Worked for the Canadian federal government as a librarian, then for a life insurance company for 4 years and other government agencies for another 7 years. Died relatively young at age 59.
Deaf Women of Canada, p.219-220; Deaf Heritage in Canada, p.36.
28 September 1940-23 December 1999