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 Bio:
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 of photos of drag and leather/kink events; being the first Canadian correspondent for the US-based leather news site, 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, concluding 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.