Maxine Arscott is a citizen of the world. She has been to so many delightful places that it’s hard to keep track. But thanks to serendipity and circumstances, Maxine’s travels brought her to El Sol and we are fortunate to have her.
Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Maxine came to the United States with her husband and spent a few years in Ohio where she was in upper management in a medical center. But Maxine was bitten by the travel bug, and she left for more exotic locales.
Have you ever imagined sailing on the warm Caribbean waters? Do you envision the sun causing the crystal clear water to sparkle and shimmer? Well Maxine doesn’t have to use her imagination; she uses her memory. Yes, our Maxine was a sailor on the Lelani, a beautiful sailboat making her way to the British Virgin Islands when fate stepped in and brought her to Florida. She lived and sailed on Lelani for seven years, bringing her into the warm waters off Florida. She must have salt water in her veins because she fell in love with Florida.
Maxine’s been with El Sol for about four years, and in that time, she’s truly rocked our world. Not only does she volunteer as a conversational English teacher, but she also uses her interior decorating savvy to make El Sol more welcoming.
“I chose El Sol as a place to volunteer because I know what it’s like to be a stranger in a foreign country and I wanted to repay the kindness that was shown to me when I traveled to Central America. Having volunteered in medical programs for the people there, I understand their culture.”
Maxine speaks four languages including French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Her interest lies in languages, art, medicine and dogs. Dogs? “I live for dogs,” Maxine said with an enthusiasm reserved only for people who really love dogs. Though currently dog-free, she has loved and lost some very special furry friends and I think it’s fair to say we can add a fifth language to her credit since she most likely speaks fluent canine.
Maxine was nominated for her enthusiasm for El Sol, her dedication to our workers and volunteers, and her decorating prowess. Her influence surely adds to the wonderful aura on which many people comment when coming to El Sol.