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Q’s travelled to the “Heart of the City” (that kicker will mean
something in a minute) to spend part of the morning with a very
familiar personality, Susan Hay. All of you should recognize Susan from
Global Television, as the host of Making a Difference, a twice-weekly
news segment, airing on Monday and Wednesday evenings during the News
Hour. Susan began her career in Sudbury, anchoring the weather and also
producing and hosting a half hour talk forum, from there she went on to
CBC as weather anchor and the on-location entertainment reporter. In
1989 she moved to Global to anchor the daily regional and national
forecasts for the evening and late-night news. But as 20 Q’s knows and
you all should too, Susan also hosted from 2001-2003 (okay...this is
about the kicker) Susan Hay's Heart of the City, a popular weekly
half-hour documentary series. More than just her career, Susan is a
humanitarian, garnering numerous awards for her selfl ess dedication to
those in need. Her most recent award being the 2009 Gemini Humanitarian
Award, presented to an individual for their exceptional contributions
and commitments to community and public service outside the Canadian
television industry. Okay, hold on, at this point 20 Q’s has to stop
for a second. We’ve interviewed and photographed some very famous
people, but when we visited Susan in her home last week, it was like
sitting down with a best friend you’ve had all your life. Conversation
was fun and easy, atmosphere was relaxed, it was a take your time
whatever you need kind of shoot and also some great coffee... This
never happens, 20 Q’s just had to mention that. Now the wrap up. So we
gave Susan our famous 20 Questions and learned: what she’d spend
$100.00 on, her current state of mind and her earliest memory of
childhood. Read on!!! GL
What is your current state of mind?
What are the components of bliss?
The perfect healthy balance.
If you could invite anyone from history to dinner, who would it be?
What is the best piece of advice you were given, whom did you get it from?
Before my loving Dad passed away he said, "Baby - don't have any regrets".
What is the one thing you'd change about yourself?
What is the most outrageous thing you've heard said about yourself?
Being in this industry - all silly and too numerous to mention!
What would it take to make you say WOW!!!?
When a four-year old looks up at you and says, "I love you" for absolutely no reason.
Who are your real life heroes?
The many children living on their own due to aids in Africa.
What feature / quality do you find most interesting in another person?
There are many. Empathy is one, humour another. Having a kind heart and true passion, complete the set.
What word or phrase do you most overuse?
"You know what I mean".
What is your earliest memory of childhood?
Playing with my sisters in our backyard in the playhouse our Dad built!
You have $100, what do you spend it on?
Someone I love!
What has been your greatest memory?
I have many at different stages in my life. The wonderful foundation I was given as a child. My first marathon for two little girls (sisters) battling leukemia, my first trip to Africa, and meeting the love of my life!
What would your autobiography be called?
"Making a Difference"
What's your pet peeve, what really ticks you off?
Who is your favourite fictional hero?
Don't have one.
Who is the most interesting person you've met?
You have an afternoon all to yourself away from everything / everybody, how do you spend it?
At the cottage on beautiful Georgian Bay.
You arrive at the pearly gates, what does St. Peter say to you?
“Welcome - well done”!
If the whole word were listening, what would you say?
"We can make a difference one person at a time. We all need to take that first step".