MEET THE COMMUNITY: ELISE AYLEN

Tell us about your role and what you like most about it.
As the Director of Admissions, I have the opportunity to meet new families and get to know their daughters. I am always excited to share with parents what makes Elmwood so special and help them find the perfect school for their children. Being a parent of two daughters who graduated from the school, I have experienced firsthand what Elmwood has to offer.

What is your favourite thing about Elmwood?
My favourite thing about Elmwood is the history of the school and the continued commitments of families and teachers to ensure our students go on to achieve great things. My connection goes way back. I have a photograph in my office of my aunt Priscilla who attended Elmwood in the ’40s, and next year, the fourth generation of my family will join the community.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, and from whom?
My parents taught me to work hard, to be generous to others and always be on time!

If you could choose one superpower to have, what would it be?  How would you best use it?
To go back in time and meet all my ancestors who have been in the Ottawa area since 1815.

Which word or phrase do you use most often?
Would you like my opinion?

What is one thing that would surprise people about you?
People may not know that I love helping others find the right job. It gives me great satisfaction to see a student or young adult start on their career path. I have probably helped over 100 people find employment in a field that they are passionate about. 

What is your favourite extravagance?
Jewelry, and especially diamonds, because it is my birthstone. 

What is your favourite way to treat yourself?
To buy an expensive box of chocolates. 

What has impressed you most about the start of this year?
I am so impressed with how resilient and adaptable the students and staff have been. The enthusiasm and excitement were palpable when we came back in person. We may have taken school for granted before the pandemic but not anymore.