Two birth sisters who connected for the first time in January are now hoping to find their brother who was born in Williams Lake in April of 1968.
From her home in Surrey, Shelley Gammie told the Tribune she and their brother, who was named Robert Ian Comeau at birth, were adopted.
“I was born in Vancouver in August 1966 and I was adopted after 10 days,” Shelley said.
When Shelley talked with her birth mother for the first time, also in January, she also learned she had a brother and sister that her mom had raised.
Their mom told them about Shelley when they were 17 and 20, but it was not until Shelley contacted her that she told them about Robert.
“Our mother does not remember the exact date of his birth. It was a very troubling time for her,” Shelley said. “She still has a lot of guilt about giving us up but I’ve told her not to feel guilty.”
Growing up, Shelley always knew she was adopted, but it was not until both her adoptive parents died that she decided to try and find her birth parents.
“I had received my adoption papers in 2002 and thought maybe one day I’d try to find my birth parents,” Shelley said. “When my parents died something told me ‘you need to do this.’ I did and it took me two days to find my mom.”
Her birth mother had a difficult life, Shelley added, noting her parents died when she was 10 or 11 years old.
After her parents’ deaths she went to live with her sister in Golden.
When Shelley’s mom became pregnant, they sent her away to Vancouver to have the baby and arranged for her to give her up for adoption.
“She finished her schooling in Vancouver and by the looks of it she either got pregnant in Vancouver and left or she got pregnant in Williams Lake,” Shelley said.
Hoping to find their brother, even if it is only to provide him with his medical information, Shelley said she and her sister have become really close.
“We get to meet in person at Easter,” she said. “She’s coming to my place.”
Shelley said anyone with information that might help them with their search can contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.