Posted Dec. 10, 2019
Name - Ingrid Uhrich
Hometown - Mexico City, Mexico
Did you attend Immaculata as a student: No, but my brother did.
Where did you attend university and what did you study?
After 2 years of Fine Arts at OC, I went to UFV and took Fashion design and Merchandising.
Current role - My current role is of librarian at the MQLC
How long have you been at Immaculata? Almost 3 years!
Why do you choose to work at Immaculata?
Because it is my community! It’s an extension of my church, my family. My kids attend(ed) St. Joe’s and now Immac. It just feels like home.
What about Immaculata are you most proud of?
I am proud of Immaculata because I truly believe that all the staff, parents and community involved with it, have the best interest of our students in mind.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love that I get to be creative in different ways. I really like creating graphics, displays, and making the newsletter, but I also like coming up with different ideas for taking advantage of the space and integrating the students’ needs into it. I love the interaction I get to have with all students and helping them troubleshoot anything from computer issues to project ideas. And I really love that I get to research all types of things…from the best books to purchase, to the best ways to make a library cozy.
What goals do you have for our students?
Each one of our students has the potential to become great adults. I hope that they all develop into independent and self-motivated individuals that care for their neighbour and themselves. That their fulfillment in life will come from the relationships they form and the challenges they overcome.
What life lessons do you hope to convey to our students?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and if you fail don’t be discouraged. Also, take the chance and step outside of your comfort zone, if you take it in bite size steps, it is not as scary as you think.
What is the best lesson you’ve learned from a student?
I can think of a couple of students who are awesome people to be around. They abound in positivity and perseverance. And even on their down days, they have a way to look at their challenges and welcome perspective.
What were you like in high school?
I was a very academically driven student. I liked to get high marks. Thinking back, I also always liked to ‘wrap’ my textbooks, so maybe librarian was in my blood after all. When I moved to Canada for grade 12, I became the quietest person alive! But, after a few months of re-adjustment, I was back to my extroverted self.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What spare time? Oh, right…when I do find it, I love to crochet and read for fun!
Who are the most important people in your life?
My family. My kids and my husband make my life chaotic and great all at the same time. I love spending time with them individually too. Getting to know my children as they develop into their personalities has been the greatest privilege of my life.
Favourite Food - I love all kinds of food, from Indian Curry to Yorkshire pudding, but you could possibly poison me with taco chips and salsa.
Daydream Vacation - I used to think my favourite place to holiday would be exotic, but now, I just enjoy somewhere where I could relax and sightsee, as well as take some time to read, enjoy local cuisine and explore.
Nickname - My nicknames growing up included anything to make fun of my red hair (in Mexico it is not very common), so I was a ‘carrot top’ (zanahoria), ‘match’ (fosforo) and sometimes ‘red’. But now, I am a proud ginger and my brother and I have a bucket list plan to someday attend a Ginger festival!