An interview with Maida
Why did you get into voice-over and narration?
After the process of writing the fiction novel, Double Up, getting it to print, and then available as an e-book, I saw the increased demand for audiobooks. When I did some research for this I saw a new avenue for my imagination and love of reading & research by doing audiobook narration and voice-over work.
What makes you stand out from your competition?
My main strengths are my intellect, eye for details, imagination, and a wide variety of careers, interests, and skills. Also having been an entrepreneur for over 23 years I have the dedication and discipline to get jobs done in a timely and professional manner.
Can you give us some examples of your past or ongoing careers?
My earliest career was as a Forestry Technician working for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Atikokan in North-Western Ontario.
I moved from there back to the Kitchener area in Southern Ontario to pursue upgrading my education with two years in general science programs at the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo before being accepted into the Nuclear Medicine program at the Michener Institute in Toronto. I graduated 5th in my class and worked at two hospitals in the area over the next five years.
It was a hectic time, commuting with two small children, on top of which, the governmental re-structuring was going on in the hospital system. It made life really stressful. My father had asked me on numerous occasions to “come work for me”, at his structural steel detailing company. With a little planning that’s exactly what I did. A few years later I had my own business doing steel detailing and have never looked back. Working for myself has been a perfect fit.
Along the way, I helped with the administrative, marketing, and accounting side of my partner, Iain’s business. Together we started up Canadian Recycled Glass, which sells recycled glass mainly for landscape and concrete projects.
During that time we grew hops on our farm outside of the Tavistock and Stratford areas for a local craft brewery, Innocente. We renovated our 150-year-old stone farmhouse to be an upscale B&B which operated successfully for three years until we sold the farm to pursue our dream of moving somewhere tropical.
We moved to Bocas del Toro, Panama. This is a novel in itself. Here is the short version: we purchased a raw piece of jungle and have built a small eco-resort, Panama Eco Resort. A memoir of this adventure is in the making.
While here in Panama, Iain and I have found other niches for income, including butchery (making bacon, ham, and sausages), catering to private parties, stainless steel welding, cacao farming, and of course, welcoming guests at our intimate resort.
Where do you live now?
We call Panama home. We have been here going on four years.
How is your internet there?
The internet connection is excellent. We have a direct line of sight to a tower and the service we have is incredible. We can stream Netflix here!