Remembering Kirk Ferguson-Uhrich

In Memory of Kirk Ferguson-Uhrich 

Kirk Ferguson-Unrich

It is with sadness that we inform you of the loss of an outstanding member of our community, Kirk Ferguson-Uhrich passed away on March 8, 2016. 


Kirk touched the lives of many of us directly through his mentorship, teaching, and friendship.  Indirectly, he has touched the lives of all of us through his contributions to the profession, Affiliate Chapters and AVLIC. 


Kirk was tireless in his volunteerism, having served on the AVLIC Board of Directors, in addition to being a founding member and serving numerous terms with the Alberta Chapter of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ACRID). He was active with the Ontario Association of Sign Language Interpreters (OASLI) when he resided in Ontario and was part of the committee that led to the Deaf education review in Ontario in 1989, not to mention playing an active role in the Deaf Ontario Now movement. 


He instilled passion in many of us through his teaching at numerous Interpreter Education Programs, including St. Mary's University and Douglas College. Kirk was integral in the establishment of the ASL-English interpreting program at Grant McEwan Community College which went on to train hundreds of Canadian interpreters . He also was instrumental in lobbying for the creation of the IEP at Lakeland College. Kirk was well known as a CES contractor, workshop presenter, keynote presenter at AVLIC 2010 and an individual mentor to many AVLIC members. His humbleness and positive presence made him an inspiration for many. 


Kirk's love for the Deaf community and literacy was evident by his involvement in numerous literacy programs, including Impact ASL at the Canadian Hearing Society and at similar programs in both Manitoba and Alberta. 


Deservingly, Kirk was awarded the Edward C. Bealer Award of Merit in 1994 and the R. W. Letourneau Service Award in 2008.  


His contributions to the profession are endless - moreover, he will be sincerely missed by many of us who considered Kirk a friend.