Ms. Kubu is the Manager of Communications at Ridley College. Be sure to smile when you see Ms. Kubu – you will see her around campus taking pictures at all Ridley events, but that is just one facet of her job, she also produces Ridley publications such as the Parent/Student handbook, the Ridley Tiger and calendar just to name a few. Her creative work can be seen all around campus from the hockey timeline in the new arena to posters and pictures. She also runs the equestrian activity and helps with the Tiger Post.
1. What did you go to school for? Why did you pursue this?
I took graphic design at Sheridan College. I had a talent for drawing as a child and my parents encouraged me to take art classes. Most of my artwork from the age of 9 to 13 was of horses but I eventually branched out.
2. Did you have any interesting jobs before coming to Ridley?
I planted Poinsettia cuttings for a short while one summer when I was 16. The greenhouse humidity and the early morning start was not to my liking. For three summers I was a lifeguard. I also sold cameras in a department store while I was in high school.
3. What do you teach/coach/involved in at Ridley College and why do you love it? I really like my job because it is never the same. Every year I get to meet a new crop of students through the Tiger Post or the equestrian activity I run. I love attending alumni events as well – learning about Ridley in the past is so interesting.
4. What is your passion? What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am the Chairman for a “friends group” at a local provincial park – the Short Hills. I have deep concerns about the loss of natural areas and am committed to making those close to urban areas accessible to all while protecting the habitat (spoiler alert!: Ms. Kubu wrote an article about the flora and fauna of Ridley College in the summer edition of the Ridley Tiger – due out in September – interesting read!). I am also a supporter of the United Way and am on their Women’s Leadership Council. I practice Vinyasa yoga, box and ride horses for other people – I owned horses for 30 years and now enjoy not having the monetary and time commitment of ownership. I also have a CFL lineman in the family – so I attend many Hamilton Ti-Cat Football games.
5. What do you love most about Ridley? The people I work with. I have worked here for 19 years and I consider the folks in development and communications part of my family.
6. What is your favourite place to go in the Niagara Region? (Restaurant, tourist spot, any place!)
The Short Hills – nothing like a brisk hike or ride to take the stress of the day away. I try to go to the St. Catharines Market or the Welland Market each Saturday all year round.
7. Do you have any funny stories about your time at Ridley?
I have tons of stories! I have participated in many pranks, especially in the summer months when the students are not here. I do remember my first year (1995!!!!) when I came to work one morning and turned on my computer. Over the next few hours’ random words came from my desktop speakers in a voice that sounded strangely like mine. It turned out that two of my former colleagues installed a program called Parrot that recorded sounds in my office for the first 15 minutes after start-up. Those sounds and me talking to myself were then repeated every so often. I figured it out eventually.