Volunteer Profile: Wendy Barron

Volunteer role: Communications and social media chair

Company name: Wendy Barron Editorial Services

Website: wendybarron.com

Which famous person (living or dead) do you think (or have you been told) you most resemble?
I’m told I sound like Dawn French when I put on a British accent.

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned?
Two, both from my dad, both about work: No one leaves a hole when they get out of the water (no one is irreplaceable), and if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

What or who makes you laugh out loud?
Pretty much everything. I laugh a lot.

What is the best book you read in the last year?
Stephen King’s 11/22/63, on audiobook. (Audiobooks are the best!)

What is your favourite reading: fiction, non-fiction, or poetry?
Fiction.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures; I believe in loving what you love, even if it’s not perfect and other people disagree. Love what you love!

What is your favourite punctuation mark?
The much-maligned, widely misunderstood semicolon.

What is your favourite word? Why?
Vex and all the words it goes into: vexing, vexatious, vexation, vexed. Such a great word that gets so little use these days.

What is the last book you read?
For pleasure? One of the Mrs. Pollifax mystery series (again, love what you love). For work or school? Probably Health Literacy From A to Z, by Helen Osborne.

What are your favourite book genres?
I read most types of fiction intended for adults, as long as the story is good. My tastes depend on my mood. Thrillers like the Jack Reacher series used to be a guilty pleasure, but now I love them unapologetically, same as I love romance. (Love what you love!)