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The Immigration Story of Peter deVaux (American immigrant)

The Museum reviews and accepts donated personal or family memories and histories into its collection. As a learning institution, the accounts help us understand how individuals recollect, interpret, or construct meaning from lived experiences. The stories are not modified by Museum staff. The point of view expressed is that of the author and not that of the Museum.

Category: 
Culture : 
Country of Origin: 
Port of Arrival: 
Date of Arrival: 
December 8 2006
Language: 
English
Creative Commons: 
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Accession Number: 
S2014.295.1

Story Text: 

I offer this not because our story is historic or tragic, but is probably unusual.  I was born in Michigan, my wife in Ohio, and we have lived and worked all over the States (NYC, LA, etc.), most recently in Virginia.  When thinking about a place to retire to, we decided on Vancouver Island.  Why?  Besides the weather and the scenery, we had connections.  Connections to Canada in that my great grandfather migrated from Quebec to French-speaking Michigan in 1865.  I grew up aware of my Canadian roots, we lived only a few miles from Sarnia, I grew up on skates, we took family vacations in Ontario, I took French in  college, and so on.  We had connections on Vancouver Island too. My sister and her then boyfriend, then husband, now ex and their kids and their kids all live here.  My sister and her partner have been in Canada since 1967 to avoid the Vietnam War draft. My wife and I have become proud Canadian citizens and have never reconsidered the decision to move to Paradise.