May Gutteridge‘s memorable life provides inspiration to Christians, immigrants, social workers, the poor, men and women throughout the world. She began her legacy of charitable work in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1959 only four years after arriving from Britain. She stood alone (as this was still the era where a woman’s place was in the home) without an income or monetary compensation, to begin a long turbulent journey to change a world of deeply held prejudices. Her unshakable conviction in her faith and in a person’s ability to rise above adversity to live meaningful lives guided her through 30 years of devoted care for a community famous for its lost souls and broken dreams.
This odyssey not only went where no-one had gone before but successfully transformed the lives of thousands of people. Governments from all jurisdictions watched in amazement, eventually flocking to her doorstep with funding and endorsing her unending efforts with the highest possible public recognition available for citizens.
Douglas Welbanks, a former Social Worker at St. James Social Service, has reconstructed her inspirational life while documenting her contributions to Canada’s social safety net of human rights and social justice in his new publication entitled, From Lost to Found, The May Gutteridge Story (2011). The book covers a vast range of challenging issues, beliefs, and people at their highest and lowest moments. Even with all of the progress made May’s work remains unfinished.
To order contact Douglas P. Welbanks at
www.maygutteridge.com or 604-728-0968.