By Tory Woodhead, Marketing and Communications Specialist

Tell us about your new role and what you are most excited about.

I am one of two new Marketing and Communications Specialists. We work on the social media accounts, website content, the newsletter, school photography, event communication, we also work closely with the admissions team, lots of fun stuff! I’m most excited about working with such an amazing team, I truly couldn’t be happier about joining the Elmwood community. Plus, joining the Duke of Edinburgh trips is something I’m super excited about!

What is your favourite thing about Elmwood?

The welcoming nature of the community. Every single person I’ve met has been incredibly kind and lovely. I think my family and friends are getting tired of hearing how much I love my job.

Tell us about your role and what you like most about it.

I love having the chance to be creative and getting the opportunity to incorporate two of my favourite things: writing and photography. I also love that I learn something new every single day.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, and from whom?

My dad always told me to notice the little things.

If you could choose one superpower to have, what would it be?  How would you best use it?

I’d love to be able to fly. I’d do a lot more traveling, imagine seeing the world’s most iconic sights from a bird’s eye view.

Which word or phrase do you use most often?

Probably ‘sorry’. I’m working on being less unnecessarily apologetic.  

What experience (work or otherwise) has best prepared you for this role?

I have an Honours BA in Communication (Media Profile) from the University of Ottawa, and I managed social media accounts while I worked 3 seasons with Ontario Parks during university.

What is one thing that would surprise people about you?

I’m a big outdoors person. Camping, hiking, canoeing, being disconnected and out in the middle of the woods is my favourite place to be. I did the Long Range Traverse to Gros Morne backcountry route this past September. 4 days of hiking and camping in Newfoundland’s Long Range Mountains, it was spectacular.

What is your favourite way to treat yourself?

Sushi and a Raptors game.

What is your favourite extravagance?

Travel. I think getting out, seeing the world, and learning about cultures that differ from our own is never a wasted investment. 

What has impressed you most about the start of this year?

I only started on October 11th, so I wasn’t here for the start of the year BUT I am still impressed every day by the commitment, engagement, and dedication of the students and staff. It’s so clear how much everyone cares, and I think that’s so amazing!