MEET THE COMMUNITY - RAE-ANNA MAITLAND

Tell us about your role and what you like most about it.
I am so lucky to find myself heading up the drama program here at Elmwood! This year so far, we have built puppets, read plays, designed sets, created mask characters, had engaging conversations and laughed -- a lot. I see an education in the dramatic arts as a window into some of the most fascinating (and fun) aspects of the human experience, and I’m so happy that I get to share that love with my students. 

What is your favourite thing about Elmwood?
I have a lot of favourite things about Elmwood, but my most recent favourite is getting a fresh muffin on Monday mornings from the Bistro. 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, and from whom?
In one of his essays called On the Shortness of Life, Seneca suggests that we consider how “Life is long if you know how to use it.” I love that. It reminds me that I have a choice in how I spend my time and that my life will always be a reflection of those choices. 

If you could choose one superpower to have, what would it be? How would you best use it?
I would be able to read at top speed. I love reading slowly and carefully, but it takes forever! 

Which word or phrase do you use most often?
Honestly, I couldn't think of a phrase that I slide into often but I definitely find myself straddling a Scottish and Brit accent often, stretching out my vowels and rolling those "r"s just for fun! 

What is your favourite way to treat yourself?
I have a painfully all-consuming love for all things Jacobson’s. Especially their chocolate-covered sponge toffee, holy moly. For a different kind of treat, though, I love going to a yoga class at night with candles and music or steaming my cares away at a spa. It helps me to slow down and appreciate the moment. Like... the moment when I will be eating that toffee again.

What has impressed you most about the start of this year?
I am so impressed by the lightness and humour that Elmwood faculty, staff and students have. It’s a great reminder that we all have the capacity to shine through even the hardest of times.