Remembering Robin Eldridge

In Memory of Robin Eldridge

March 11, 1947 - December 19, 2013

Posted March 1, 2014 by: Deaf BC, announcement quoted below:

"Predeceased by her mother, Margaret Joan Reynolds – February 26, 1976; and father, Colonel John M. Reynolds – February 17, 2013. Robin attended the Clarke School for the Deaf and graduated in 1966 from Jericho Hill School, Vancouver, BC. Robin married Douglas on May 3, 1969. She loved her dog, Casper. Robin was an advocate for the Deaf community and served on several committees.

Robin Eldridge will be remembered “forever” for having her name connected to the famous Eldridge v. British Columbia (1997) decision of the Supreme Court of Canada that resulted in the Province of British Columbia being ordered to fund interpreters in medical settings. The three people involved in the case – Robin Susan Eldridge, John Henry Warren, and Linda Warren – were born deaf. They argued that the government’s failure to specifically include medical interpreters in the Medical Services Act ignored their rights to equality as persons with a disability, under s.15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Robin will be greatly missed by all in the Deaf community, her two sisters Sydney & Gillian, and brother Christopher; nephews Mark, Taylor, Hunter, and Riley; nieces, Amanda and Whitney.

Pastor David Nielsen will be officiating at Robin’s memorial service to be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Gracepoint Community Church, 3487 King George Blvd., Surrey, BC. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 2125 W. 7 Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 1X9."