Photos submitted Ally Gogush, then Alizha Wertman, as a child in the late 1980s.

Lake Country woman looking for help finding long, lost father from the lakecity

She only ever saw him twice, but she knows that his last name was possibly McMahon

Reconnecting with family can be difficult at times, which is why Ally Gogush is calling on lakecity and Cariboo residents for information on the identity of her biological father.

Gogush, born Alizha Wertman, is a 35-year-old new mother who currently lives in the District of Lake Country four hours south of Williams Lake. The recent birth of her child has made Gogush want to reconnect with her biological father and his family, after losing contact with them shortly after the death of her mother and her adoption.

Born and raised in North Vancouver to Deborah Wertman, a professional dancer of some fame in 1984, Gogush was eventually adopted.

After her mother, who she stayed in some contact with, passed away, a woman contacted her about her biography, which included her, and this gave Gogush the ambition to track down her birth father one day.

“[Since] I was born my mom and my adopted family [have] been friends with my biological family all my life, so they know everybody. My biological and adopted mum [were] in contact with my father’s parents, according to the story my father was maybe an MMA fighter or a kickboxer, something like that and so he travelled lots,” Gogush recalled.

She only ever saw him twice, both times as a baby, but she knows that he’s roughly about six foot seven inches tall and that his last name was possibly McMahon.

From what Gogush knows, his parents had lived in the Williams Lake area for at least 20 years before her family lost contact with them in the 1960s to 1980s. As her mom was 22 when she had her, Gogush assumes her father would be in his mid to late 60s today.

Read More: Annual Father’s Day Powwow hosts dozens of dancers from across western Canada

When she was younger she’d receive the occasional gifts from them, including princess dresses, which makes her feel there may be a desire to get to know who she is today. While she’d love to make contact, she is completely fine with them choosing not to reach out. Any information, however, would mean the world to Gogush.

“I thought it’d be nice to know if I had any siblings because I was born an only child,” Gogush said. “You’re always missing something, you look in the mirror and you just see features that don’t belong to your mum and you just kind of wonder where these personality traits come from. It’d be neat to see what our commonalities are and connect and tell our stories.”

As a child, she said she was super outgoing and made friends with everybody and she would talk to people just to put a smile on their face. Today, Gogush describes herself as a tomboy with a love for mechanics, traits not shared by either of her other parents.

Anyone with any information on her father is welcome to reach out to Gogush via Facebook or e-mail at Ally Gogush on Facebook and allygogush@gmail.com for e-mail.

“I really hope someone out there can help me, that would be awesome,” Gogush said.



patrick.davies@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Ally Gogush is a new young mother looking to reconnect with her biological father she lost contact with as an infant whom she believes lived around Williams Lake back in the 80s.

Deborah Wertman (right) was Ally Gogush’s biological mother and was a famous dancer who toured parts of the would in the 1980s. Photo submitted.

Just Posted

Romeros help celebrate 50 years of the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake

The Community Arts Council of Williams Lake celebrated 50 years of supporting the growth of arts

Clinton man faces first degree murder charge for 2018 homicide at Deep Creek

Wyatt Boffa, 29 has been charged in the death of Jamie Sellars Baldwin, 43,

Snowfall warning continues for parts of B.C.’s Interior

First significant snowfall of the season prompts Environment Canada warning

First big snowfall of season slows traffic and delights Cariboo Chilcotin children

Vehicle incident on Highway 97 has traffic reduced to single vehicle alternating

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

B.C. Transit finds 28 used fareboxes online, saves $300,000

‘Someone joked maybe we can buy used fareboxes on eBay,’ CEO says

Single-lane alternating traffic on Highway 97 at Alexandria

A vehicle incident has closed one lane of Highway 97 Dec. 6

Many of Canada’s working poor can’t afford lawyers, don’t qualify for legal aid

One lawyer says many people earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to really live on

Most Read