Today, we have the great pleasure of chatting with Shauna McLoughlin. Shauna is known to many people, as she and her sister Charlene, help out at the Picnic on a regular basis.

Their grandma is Emma Buczolits, who has been an active member of the Burgenlaender Club Toronto for many, many years. Emma’s Vanillekipferl are a piece of art. Whenever we have a get-together and we receive home-baked goods, Emma’s contributions are very popular.

Shauna, tell us a bit about yourself. Where were you born, where do you live now, what do you do?

Shauna: I was born in Hamilton on March 24, 1988 to Mariane Hines and Brian McLoughlin. I have three siblings. An older sister Charlene, an older brother Patrick, and a younger brother Shamus.

I lived in Burlington throughout my childhood, and attended Notre Dame Catholic High School.

What did you do after high school?

Shauna: I worked full-time in a carpentry shop, and also went to school full-time. I was determined not to end up with student loans that would then haunt me for years to come. I was lucky to work for a company that was very accommodating to my schedule.

Wow! That is remarkable! It must have been hard.

Shauna: The hardest thing was the lack of a social life as I did not have any free time.

In the end, it all worked out. I am now working as an Accounting and Operations Analyst for World Fuel Services Canada.

Good for you. You are obviously a very busy girl! What do you like to do in your free time? What are your hobbies?

Shauna: My boyfriend Kyle and I have a beautiful German Shepherd that we adore. We spend a lot of time with him. In the summer we also go sailing, or to the beach, and we also like hiking.

What about visiting your relatives in Austria. Have you been to Burgenland? Would you like to go there?

Shauna: Oh, I certainly would. This is on my bucket list. My two older siblings, Charlene and Patrick, were in Langental and Kroatisch Minihof, the places that my grandparents come from. I am hoping to go with my sister and grandmother in the near future.

How do you see yourself in the not too distant future? What are your hopes and dreams?

Shauna: I would like to start a family of my own and move more into the country.

Beautiful! Thank you Shauna for talking to us. We wish you lots of love and joy and much success in all your endeavors.

Sailing with KyleShauna McLoughlin

Shauna McLoughlin

With my parents, my sister Charlene and other relatives at the baptism of my brother Shamus
Shauna McLoughlin

With my siblings Patrick and Charlene.
I am in the middle
Shauna McLoughlin

With my grandma, Emma Buczolits
Shauna McLoughlin

With my boyfriend Kyle at Graduation
Shauna McLoughlin

With my sister Charlene (on the right)
Shauna McLoughlin