The Book: With Love, Lydia
The author  Patricia Wotton is a native of Thunder Bay, North-Western  Ontario. Following after Lydia Gruchy, she is a graduate of  St. Andrew's Theological College,  Saskatoon and was ordained to  ministry in The United Church of  Canada in 1986, the 50th  Anniversary of the ordination of the  Reverend Doctor Lydia Gruchy. For  a quarter of a century she has ministered with congregations in Manitoba and  Saskatchewan.   Rev. Wotton has also served the wider church in many capacities, including as a  President of Manitoba & North- Western Ontario United Church Conference, as  a Commissioner to General Council, a Regent of St. Andrew's College, and a  representative of the United Church to Alternate Dispute Hearings for survivors  of physical and sexual abuse at United Church run Residential Schools in  Manitoba. Retirement has (finally) given her time to indulge a long-held fascination with this story of  Lydia Gruchy. Pat and her husband, Dave, currently live in Winnipeg where they enjoy being close to   their family.  Researching the book The book was more than 10 years in the making. Because of the demands of her own ministry, Rev.  Pat Wotton was able  to complete her research and writing only after she herself retired from "active  duty."  On the trail of the information, she has visited most of the Canadian places connected with Lydia  Gruchy, delved into library sources, and recorded interviews with more than 30 people to preserve the  living memory. She and her husband logged some 12,000 miles by car, air, and train in this pursuit.   In addition to research on the social history background of Canada during Lydia's lifetime, the work  included meetings with surviving members of the Gruchy family; visits to many seniors in their places  of residence throughout Saskatchewan; and research at libraries of St. Andrews College Saskatoon,  United Church of Canada's National Archives in Toronto, Bob Stewart Archives of The United Church  Conference of British Columbia at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver B.C., as well as at  First United Church in White Rock, British Columbia where Lydia spent her retirement years.    
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