In 1912, as a Lenten promise to herself, the young Wanda Wyatt picked up a pen and began to write in a journal. She thought she would keep a record of the daily happenings in her life, and as a student at Edgehill School for Girls in Windsor, Nova Scotia, she had lots of interesting events to record – debating competitions, school outings, subjects studied and resulting grades, sleeping arrangements which sometimes seemed unfair, and even cookies carefully sneaked out of the kitchen. Over a hundred journals later, Wanda maintained her daily record keeping with the aid of her hired staff, who also had become personal friends. It is through Wanda’s diligence, attention to detail, and love of heritage that the Wyatt Heritage Properties exist today.
Born in 1895 to Cecelia Lefurgey Wyatt and James Edward Wyatt, Wanda was a sister to Dorothy (b.1893), also an occasional journal writer. The girls had a younger brother, Ivan, who passed away at the age of two. Wanda’s early education was in Summerside, where she rivalled eventual Premier Thane Campbell for top marks. In September 1908, Wanda entered Edgehill Church School For Girls in Windsor, Nova Scotia, where she stayed until 1913, having earned her Edgehill leaving certificate and accompanying lifelong status as "Old Girl." She advanced to McGill University in Montreal, being only one of five girls to pass the matriculation exam between 1901 and 1919. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, busily studying, playing sports and filling any spare time with sojourns to the theatre as well as assisting with the war effort by knitting socks to help keep the boys overseas warm.
Uncertain after McGill as to which direction to take her life, Wanda chose to join her sister Dorothy and mother Cecelia in Chicago, where Cecelia was undergoing treatment for her bronchial and gastrointestinal difficulties at the Lindlahr Sanitarium. After conferring with her father, a Summerside lawyer and Member of the Provincial Assembly, Wanda decided to upgrade her education by taking courses pertaining to the field of law at the University of Chicago. During this time she also took folk dancing lessons with "…the instructress Miss Boyd, who was really quite famous." Upon returning to the Island, Wanda’s father, Ned, helped pave the way for her entry into the study of law, thus making her the first woman on the Island to do so. Wanda assisted her father in his practice, as well as helped administer the mortgages the family held throughout Prince County.