All she wants is to inspire and see the youth from her community reach their full potential. Wendy Adams (37), of Hanover Park, works as an executive housekeeper at a renowned hotel at V& A Waterfront and attributes her achievement to hard work, dedication and passion. These are the same qualities she wants to instil in young girls and boys in her area. Wendy urges young people to not be blinded by where they come from.The single mother of five says she started from the bottom and negotiated her way to the top. As a child, she wanted to study law, but because of financial difficulties, her dreams went up in smoke. After matriculating from Mount View High School in 1997, she decided to look for work as a waitress.Little did she know that would open a world of possibilities in the hospitality industry.Besides managing staff, she says she is also responsible for the “entire hotel operation”, including bookings, cleanliness of the hotel and client satisfaction; a job she says she does with ease. She always tells her staff to be responsible and not to expect her to run after them.“When I see something that has not been done properly, I go to whoever works in that area and say ‘Sweetie, why is it like that? Sort it out.’ I am not your mother, why must I stand behind you?’ ” she shares.Wendy has been in the position for almost two years. She says a recipe for a healthy working relationship with colleagues is trust. Her other passion is youth development. She says it is time for the youth in Hanover Park to put the area on the map. According to her, they can do that by not focussing on the negatives, including drugs and gangsterism. Wendy is calling on all the parents to instil good values in their children and to encourage them to do well. She says she told her first-born son, Alonzo, that she would always support him as his mother. She says she warned him against joining gangs. “I told him that whatever he wants to do, he must do it to the best of his ability,” she shares.Wendy says she has played a big role in developing the youth in her area. “I do not know how many I have helped in the process of finding work. I do not get them jobs, I help them in the process of looking for work.” She says she raises her children by following the same values instilled in her by her late father, Frederick. He taught them to work hard, to remain humble and to reap the rewards. “You do not have to be rich to be happy. My father used to make gates and would ask us to paint them and that is how we would get pocket money,” she said.Her message to the youth is that they should not let their coming from Hanover Park define them.