Sister Eatza Hardqux of the Divine Load
Sister Eatza was born in Toronto but raised in many different locations around North America. She found the Sisters though many different events held in her original house of Dallas. She decided to join due to the amount of joy they brought to much of the community. However, she did not realize the extent of what the Sisters do at the time and quickly grew to learn the importance of the work and how much can be done as a Sister. She has finally come home to Toronto to spread joy and be the weirdo she has always been to make people happy with themself and others.
Colour: Orange Symbol: Pomegranate Favourite Mantra: Carpe Diem Favourite Song: "I Will Survive"
Brother Bear Hugger of the Big Blue Box
Fully Professed Brother
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
Sister Rhydonya Hardqux of the Immaculate Satisfaction
Secretary-Treasurer, Mistress of Light
Sister Rhydonya originally hails from the USA. In joining the Sisters, she actively works to bring her unique way of seeing the world to an equally unique city. Nothing exists in a vacuum, and in a city as large as Toronto, both macro- and micro-environments permeate the city, each with specific demographics, and equally as specific needs. She sees these systems, and wants to work to bring the various areas into a working harmony. She believes information is power, and plans on working with various different groups to help them be effective with their messaging and reach. She has a large background in IT, and designed and implemented the entire website you're currently using.
Color: Red Symbol: Swirly Blob of Stuff Favorite Mantra: "Don't worry, I'll fix it..." Favorite Song: I feel if you can actually answer this definitively, you've not listened to enough music.
Sister Wanda Wu Mein of the Blessed Bento Box
Fully Professed Sister
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.
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
Laid Minister in Leather Craig
Laid Minister Craig was born in Toronto, but raised in a small town. How small was this town? It was so small that the houses were so close together, and if you sneezed, your neighbour could say "Bless you!" It was so small that he had to import his husband, Brother Bear Hugger from the U.S. Why he married Brother Bear? We will never know... In 2005, Craig went to one of the first Pride Parades in the city of Barrie, Ontario. Although he did his best to avoid the cameras during the event, Craig came home and found himself on the 5 o'clock news regarding the Parade. Because of the Pride coverage on the news, Craig came out to his whole family in one fell swoop.
When he moved back to Toronto, Craig volunteered in many positions in different organizations including Spearhead Leather & Denim Club Toronto and the Toronto Sisters of J.O.Y. However, on his knees is reserved only for his husband. Because he was blindingly beautiful when he was born, Craig will almost always be seen in the company of a seeing eye dog - previously Vimmy (the black lab who was actually voted by the Toronto Sisters to be an "associate member") until his recent retirement, and currently, Lowry the golden retriever.
Colour: Leather Black Symbol: Leather Pride Flag Favourite Mantra: Carpe Diem Favourite Song: "Up Where We Belong"