Newly published author shares her story

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1803-Daley-Lucia and bookLucia Daley is proof that every day is filled with new opportunities.

A resident at Rideau Retirement Residence in Burnaby, BC, Lucia recently published her first children’s book, “Friends Forever: The Very Fortunate Adventures of Wilbur Grey Squirrel.”

The story focuses on Wilbur, a baby grey squirrel who falls from his nest. After being rescued by Aimee, he “grows up as a well-loved, comical and unpredictable guest in her grandparents' apartment,” Lucia wrote.

Lucia both wrote and illustrated the book, which was edited by her daughter, Kate. Lucia said her passion for creative expression was rekindled after participating in a program at Rideau, where she lives. She is extremely grateful to the art therapist, Sandra Goodridge, and to Rideau’s recreation team for their support in the book writing process.

Born in Quebec, Lucia graduated from McGill University with BSc (HEc). She received her Master's equivalent in Education from MacDonald College. For many years, she and her late husband, Rodger Daley, lived and studied abroad in Europe and the United States.

Today, Lucia is often seen at painting and creative writing classes, morning fitness, tending to the roses in the garden at Rideau Retirement Residence. She lives close to her two children, Kate and Charlie, and her four grandchildren Sophie, Troy, Penny and Jack. 

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