‘Off the Cuff’ with Wendy Francis

Wendy Francis

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — Wendy Francis has many strings to her bow. She is Queensland Director of the Australian Christian Lobby and is the ACL spokesperson for the rights of children and women. She is also a tireless campaigner against sexual exploitation. Professional experience includes managerial positions at Griffith University and Queensland Baptists. She was also Executive Producer of the Lord Mayor’s Carols in Brisbane for eight years. In addition, Wendy is a Director and Board Member of Samaritan’s Purse Australia and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, a board member of Queensland Family Council, the Queensland Alliance for Kids and the Australian Marriage Forum. Wendy regularly travels to countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and Cambodia to oversee projects which seek to rescue women and children from sex slavery and to work on literacy projects amongst rural women. Her husband, Peter Francis, is Vice-Principal of Malyon College in Brisbane. They have been married for 36 years, have three married children and ten grandchildren. She chatted to JournoNews.

My secret pleasure is … I’m actually really good at keeping secrets!

My first job was … working as a manager’s assistant in the National Bank of Australasia – now NAB – I was a good typist, so had to help out the real estate next door when they needed contracts typed up!

My most annoying habits are … not putting things back in the same place, or not putting them away at all!

A clear childhood memory is … hiding coins in a hole in an old neighbourhood fence with my best friend. There was a little shop at the end of our street and my mum would send us down to buy milk or bread and she would say we could keep the change. So we would hide it there and wait until we had enough to buy some lollies together.

What makes me nervous is … snakes! I hate them – can’t even look at them in a book or on the TV screen.

The best advice my parents gave me was … to seek after the truth and be a teller of truth.

If I weren’t Qld Director of ACL I’d be … a top lawyer – even a judge! And I would be a good one!

I’m most thankful for … my family – my parents, my husband, my children and my grandchildren.

My favourite meal is … grilled salmon with sweet potato mash and garden salad.

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … taking any tablets – I’m sure it’s psychological, but I just can’t swallow pills very easily – I gag!

A book I love is … Riven Fetters by Sallie Lee Bell. I first read it when I was a very young girl and it had a big impact on me then – I still love it.

A song that resonates is …I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack – And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance … I hope you dance!

My ‘happy place’ is … anywhere family is, but my favourite places with family are either home, or the beach.

My most embarrassing memory is … buying a Mark Holden single (back in the days), and being asked by Mark Holden himself (who happened to be in the shop) whether I wanted it signed, but not recognising him … He did end up signing it when he explained who he was.

My hidden skill is … that I make an amazing lemon meringue pie.

If I were a dog, I’d be a … Golden Retriever – a bit clumsy, but very loyal, and would never hurt anyone intentionally

It’s a bit corny, but I love … Sandra Bullock’s humour – she would be on my list of who I’d love to have for dinner.

I’m most at peace when … I’m with my husband at the end of a day and we get time to just talk.

The country I’d love to visit is … Antarctica

Favourite quote … “Nah” – this was Rosa Parks‘ response to the police officer who demanded she move from her seat on the bus because she was coloured and a white man wanted to sit where she was sitting. I love it – No! we will not bend to injustice.

Rosa Parks

Connect with Wendy

@wendyjoyfrancis

acl.org.au

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