Becky M.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair

Ontario's Buried Demons, The Orillia Asylum for Idiots

The Orillia Asylum for Idiots was a mental institution in Orillia, Ontario. Not many people know about this terrible place but the truth needs to be revealed...



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Everything I learned was interesting. I never knew a place like this ever existed in Canada and to think many children spent decades in this nightmare makes me grateful that I won't ever have to experience what they experienced.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

We need to think in other people's shoes and realize that many assumptions we make are false. We can never judge anyone by the way they look or are.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Nowadays, we look at people who are mentally handicapped much differently and we treat them more like human beings rather than animals. However, in the past we did treat these people like they weren't worth their lives and I'm happy that those times have changed.