She has been with the Ladies’ Auxiliary Branch #32 for 59 years and has held many positions. She was the president for 16 years and treasurer for many more. In 1965, she started to reactivate the Auxiliary by organizing Bingo, yard sales, bake and craft sales, pancake breakfasts and suppers. In our old Legion, which burnt down, we catered to many weddings.
Wanda was active in sports in the NB Dart League, Moncton Curling Club and in organizing provincial bowling. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports on TV and going to Bingo.
She worked for the CNR until she retired. Over the years, she held many jobs, raised three children, and helped with grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was active in the Anglican Church group, assisting in lunches for seniors at People’s Park Tower for many years.
Wanda knows everyone. She worked at elections for years, holding every position. She knew everyone’s name and usually she would ask about their family. In 2020, her supervisor put her on a computer. It was her first time, but it did not take her long to learn. She was happy to learn something new. Last year, at 89 years young, she worked as poll supervisor in the elections for Mayor and Council for Fundy Albert.
In April 2007, for all her hard work and dedication, she was nominated for the Palm Leaf Award. This year she was the recipient of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal. Wanda’s Ladies’ Auxiliary jacket is full of well-earned medals.
All of these awards, as well as many other photos, were on display at a recent surprise party held in Wanda’s honor to celebrate her 90th birthday party. Many members of the community joined with her family and friends to help celebrate Wanda. For her dedication to her community and those around her, we are honored to name Wanda Jonah as the Community Member of the month for June.