NAME: Samantha Attew

BIRTHPLACE: Crawley, West Sussex, England

NICKNAME: Dragon Lady (My son calls me this when I come home and “breathe fire” because things around the house have not been done).

WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE: Milton, Ontario

CAREER: Software Engineer, Educational Assistant, Marketing/Administration

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS: Citizen of the Year (2010), Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Volunteering and Charity work within community, Organizer of Milton’s Sandy Hook Candlelight Vigil, Campaigning and working with the Friends of Milton Hospital for the Hospital expansion.

FAMILY/PETS: Husband Vernon, Daughter Holly, Son Ryan, two Guinea pigs, and a fish.

1. WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION?

Helping my kids to achieve their dreams and goals in life, as well as volunteering with the Optimist Club and other organizations to raise money for youth, which helps programs such as mental health, learning disabilities and food for kids.

2. WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

My dad always told me to stand up for what I believe in and to not be a lemming.

Our wonderful Canadian family supporting us on our special day.

3. IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

If I could have a superpower, it would be to read people’s minds.

4. WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?

To me, the word community means everyone working together to make our town a great place for family and friends to grow and support each other.

5. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Secretly, I would love to be a formula 1 racecar driver (which I have tried for a day).

Tracy Saunders and I delivering 300 teddy bears to nurse Maggie Root in Sandy Hook, donated by the Milton community from the Teddy Bear candlelight vigil.

6. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

One of my biggest inspirations is Emily Pankhurst, who was a British political activist and suffragette, as well as the Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

My Favourite movie of all time is National Lampoon’s Vacation as it reminds me of my own vacations with my family back in the UK.

8. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

The person who makes me laugh the most is my son with his dry humour and constant roasting.

My Family and I when we became Canadian Citizens on July 1st 2016 Canada Day. Ryan, me, Vernon and Holly. Proud moment.

9. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT?

My Favourite vacation spot is Austraila.

10. IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?

If the whole community were listening to me, I would tell them that sitting on the couch thinking someone else will do it all, does not make communities. Go out and volunteer in schools, service clubs, sports groups and more. Make a difference; you never know whom you will inspire.