Mr. Martinez Bumps Into OR on a Glacier!?

Mr. Martinez was on vacation in Alberta this week and ran into Old Ridleian Olivia Groff! Mr. Martinez wrote an email to me and said, “what are the chances that you would bump into an OR on a glacier!?” Groff graduated in 2010 and she ran into her former teacher on the Athabaska Glacier at Jasper National park. It’s proof that the Ridley family really is everywhere!

Mr. Martinez is a Science and Spanish teacher, coach and is also Assistant Housemaster of Arthur Bishop East.
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Tips for New Ridley College Students: Tip #3

In a series of ten videos Admissions Assistant Erin gives tips to newly admitted students to Ridley College. In this video, Erin gets help from Daniella and Elaine who explain why you should always know what’s for dinner?

Tips for New Ridley College Students: Tip #2

In a series of ten videos Admissions Assistant Erin gives tips to newly admitted students to Ridley College. In this video, Erin tells us why it’s all about the black and orange!

Tips for New Ridley College Students: Tip #1

In two weeks students will be arriving on the Ridley College campus. For many students it will be their first time away from home or their first time attending Ridley, so I decided to ask our summer Admissions Assistant Erin if she could come up with some tips to help new students.  Erin attended Ridley for eight years and graduated this year. In a series of ten videos Erin will share her tips for new students.  Check out tip #1:


Ridley Athletic Therapist Uses CPR Skills to Save a Life

On July 22, I was in our athletic therapist – Lenny Ferraro’s office being treated for a sore back that I received thanks to my first bike ride in about three years! It was a routine session and Lenny and I were chatting about our weekends when all of a sudden a basketball coach from the camp in the gym burst into Lenny’s office requesting assistance.  A little girl had collapsed in the gym – without hesitation Lenny ran to the gym and within minutes he had brought the little girl back into the office and began performing CPR on her.  Lenny was calm and cool and was never rattled by the stressful situation.  For six years he has been training Ridley staff and faculty in CPR (CPR classes are mandatory for all Ridley faculty and staff), but he has never had to use it on someone in need.  I am happy to say that the eight year old girl who suffered a heart attack is now home safely and as someone who witnessed his heroic efforts I cannot stress the importance of knowing CPR and I will surely be attending the next session that Lenny teaches.  To read the full article from the St. Catharines Standard click here.

Ridley Organ in Pieces!

Don’t panic, the organ is just having a good cleaning after 28 years. Dodington and  Dodington from Alymer Ontario is on campus taking the organ apart, cleaning and fixing anything that needs attention and re-installing the bits and pieces.  They should be done by the end of the week. They will be focusing their attention next week on the “Echo Pipes” that have not worked for quite some time. These are located over the entrance as you walk in to the main chapel. The organ dates back to 1926.

As told by Anne Kubu – Manager of Communications


Ridley Rowers Show Well at Henley Regatta

Madison Leitch and Alison Whitty pulled off a late race charge to capture the Under 19 Womens Doubles Championship Friday evening at the Canadian Henley Regatta. The girls were comfortably in third place as they approached the Island, moved quickly through the Vancouver crew for 2nd as they passed the 1500 m pylon and finally chased down, then passed Victoria City from B.C. with about 200 metres to go. A few rough strokes as they neared the finish line added to the drama but the girls from Ridley would not be denied. 76 Crews from across North America started in this category and 1 was left standing to hoist the Thorne Family Trophy!

Connar Boyd ’12 and Austin Bald ’12 finished third in the Under 19 Men’s Pair final on Saturday.  Colin MacKay ’11 and Austin Bald ’12 placed third with their crew in the Under 19 Men’s Eight race on Sunday.