Sister Wanda was born and raised in Toronto in a Roman Catholic household. She volunteered at her local church and became such a model parishioner that the congregation thought one day she would take her vows but it was not to be. Wanda learned who she really was and that she belonged to a different church: Church and Wellesley. But the journey to this enlightenment was not an easy one for Wanda - she had to endure many years of bullying by her classmates for being "different" along the way. It was from those years of struggle, she realized she wanted to help others in her own way and found her calling in social work, working with youth and adults suffering through homelessness, addiction, poverty and physical as well as mental health issues. She has come full circle, taking her vows with the Toronto Sisters and ministering to those in need.
Click below to check out Wanda's very own advice column :
Thoughts on her symbol: "My symbol is the fan. Throughout history and throughout the world, the fan has been used by a wide variety of people including actors, dancers, entertainers, priests, warriors, nobility, and royalty. The purposes of the fan has also been diverse – a toy, an accessory, an implement to cool oneself down, an instrument in ceremonies and performances. For me personally, the fan represents both my Asian heritage (where much of the fan's history takes place), and how something or someone can be multi-faceted and practical, but still incorporate fun, flamboyance, and flare."
In her spare time (whenever she has it), Wanda does what she can to have fun from taking naughty photos of community members, dressing in outlandish outfit and making people laugh and smile. She also has a penchant for blowing flutes, oboes, and any other "instruments" whenever possible.