Sister Wanda Wu Wein of the Blessed Bento Box
Favorite Colours: Amazon Gold and Power Ranger Pink
Favorite Symbol: Fan
Favorite Blessing: “May the winds from this fan/glitter from this vial relieve you of any guilt,
and may the pleasures you seek keep you ever fulfilled.”
Favorite Sister Song: "I Am What I Am" by Shirley Bassey
Sister Wanda was born and raised in Toronto. As a little nun-ling, she volunteered at her local
Roman Catholic Church (and surprisingly, she was not volun-told). She was such a model
parishioner that the congregation thought one day she would take her vows as a priest. By this
point, she already knew who she was gay, and scoffed at the thought. After years of bullying in
Catholic schools and inundation of the church’s negative views on homosexuality, she left for a
different church – Church and Wellesley. There, she forged her own path putting her best and
most authentic self forward wherever she went – whether that was taking lots and lots of
photos of drag and leather/kink events; being the first Canadian correspondent for the US-
based leather news website, Leatherati.com; performing with the queer colour guard group,
the ROTC (Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps) Toronto; and becoming the first runner-up of
the Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2010 competition where she ended her speech about judgement
and prejudice in the leather/queer community with the words, “I am here, I am very very
queer, and I am not going anywhere”.
She also found her own path helping her fellow humans through her career in social work. For
over a decade, she worked with people who are homeless or in low-income housing, and
people living with physical, mental health and addiction issues.
When she discovered the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, she felt that the Sisters was the
culmination of all the stuff she has done in the past and took her vows to be a Sister in 2015.
She has since provided tireless service to her community – both off and on her knees 😉
In her spare time (whenever she has it), Wanda still has fun wherever she goes – whether she
dresses in outlandishly fabulous outfits to making people laugh and smile (especially when she
is the butt of the joke) to blowing all sorts of instruments (although she claims she plays just
oboes and flutes, but with Sister Wanda, you never know… *evil grin*).
Thoughts on her favorite symbol – 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 Wanda, the fan represents both her
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.
Brother Bear Hugger of the Big Blue Box
Vicar of Vestments
Brother Bear was born in a strange land to the south that
we heard of once upon a nightmare. Yes, America. He
moved to the home of maple syrup forever after falling
in love with a being from Barrie and he has never looked
back. The rest of us are jealous as all shit. A tailor by
trade, community servant by heart and a Leatherman by
night, Bear is part of many Toronto organizations
including Spearhead and now the Toronto Sisters of JOY.
Bear sends his love and hugs to his husband Craig and
their awesome pets – Lowry, Missy and Brakken.
Favorite Colour: Cobalt Blue
Favorite Symbol: TARDIS
Favorite Mantra: "Time heals all wounds.”
Favorite Sister Song: "Chains" by Tina Arena