WHO ARE YOU?
NAME: Wendy Schau
BIRTHPLACE: Worcester, England
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Milton
CAREER: Teacher with the Halton District School Board for 34 years & Local Councillor, Ward 4, Town of Milton 2003-2010
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY:
I’m blessed with a wonderful family. I’ve been married for 45 happy years to my husband, Bruce. We have three grown-up children and three grandchildren. They all live close by, either in Milton or Oakville, which is great!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT?
England, because I have several relatives there who I love to visit and the countryside is so beautiful. Italy is a close second, though.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD
KNOW ABOUT YOU?
That I was once a Raging Granny. For a few years in the late’90s, I belonged to a protest group where we would dress up as comical old ladies and sing satirical songs, in opposition to the cutbacks in health and education that were happening then.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
What inspires me are all the great people in our community who give their time and energy to make and keep Milton the fine place to live that it is. Too many to name.
WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION?
My family comes first and after that my volunteer work with Milton Transitional Housing. It’s so terrific to see individuals and families who have come to us in housing crisis, rebuild their lives and move on to safe, affordable homes of their own.
WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS?
All the things I would call my greatest achievements were done along with other people, so they are shared, not just mine. First on my list is chairing the committee that oversaw the building of the Milton Centre for the Arts and leading the fundraising campaign in support of it. I was honoured to be named Citizen of the Year for 2011. Second would be my housing work, helping facilitate the first Habitat for Humanity build in Milton and serving on the board of Milton Transitional Housing as it prevents homelessness for local people.
IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The ability to fly. I went up in a hot-air balloon once and I would like to be able to float over the landscape like that whenever I wanted.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?
Love Actually is my favourite movie.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Schitt’s Creek is a TV show that always makes me laugh.
IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
Pay attention to what is happening in our community and help out where you can. Even though the need is not as apparent as in bigger places like Toronto, there are still people in our community who are having a hard time and need the help of organizations like Milton Transitional Housing.