ACW: Meet our Council members

Susan Winlaw. Susan was born in Woodstock and attended the historic Old St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

Five generations of women from her family have attended that church and she feels wrapped in love each time she can attend one of their services.

She really enjoyed growing up Anglican, of finally being old enough to sit across the church on her own with the children of the Sunday School, watching her mom Dorthea and her sister Joanne being part of the choir and her brother acting as a server to the ministers of the congregation and especially attending the youth group as a teen. It was a heady time in the 50’s and 60’s with a packed church at most services. There were so many women involved in church activities that there were five or six different ACW groups who met at different days and evenings of the week.

Then came university and a career at Sears Canada that lasted 42 years in Toronto, Oshawa and back to Toronto.
She married in 1975 and with husband Alex Law as writer, she edited and published two automotive books and six themed movie review guide books.

Early retirement with knee issues brought Susan back to the hood in Oxford County and she thanks God every day that Alex suggested they could maybe look for houses close to her family.

Susan joined the ACW group at St. James’ in Ingersoll as soon as they arrived in town. She is currently treasurer for that group, the Oxford Deanery representative to the Diocesan Council and has just taken on the role of the education representative on Council.


Patricia Allison. Born and raised in Nottinghamshire, Patsy trained as a Drama and Music teacher at a Church of England College, where she met her husband.

They married in 1968, and one year later they both took jobs in Northern Alberta, living and teaching in small schools on remote reserves for a number of years before returning to university to take advanced degrees.

In 1977 they moved to Ontario to work at Western University, primarily teaching and researching educational administration, law, and private and independent education.

Patricia retired in 2009 to concentrate on her work in the church, and was ordained a vocational deacon in 2012. Her husband retired from the university in 2014, and they have both continued with professional consultation, writing and research.

They have two sons, two grandsons and two granddaughters, and live in a very old house in the country with a houseful of rescued cats (currently numbering five).

Patsy has held the Bishop’s appointment as Chaplain to the ACW since 2014, and has loved every minute of it!