Kubra Mir: Recipe Columnist & Award-Winning Volunteer
Kubra Mir, Support Services Assistant on the Client Services team, finds the time to regularly volunteer and cook delicious meals. Since September 2022, she has contributed a recipe column to The Local Biz Magazine for Durham Region.
Kubra was also recognized in 2022 with four awards for her volunteerism:
- Women Who Inspire Award, Canadian Council of Muslim Women
- Platinum Jubilee Community Service Pin for outstanding community service:
In honour of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, community leaders received a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Community Service pin. The pins were awarded to Canadian residents who have made a meaningful impact through their work or volunteerism in the arts, sciences, innovation, community service, health care, education, entrepreneurship, inclusion or sport. Kubra received the Platinum Jubilee pin for outstanding community service from Honourable Mark Holland, MP for Ajax.
- Certificate of Recognition from the Town of Ajax for conducting workshops on Islamophobia
- International Women’s Day Award from Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, Ontario Minister of Finance and MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge
Kubra’s love of cooking dates back to her childhood watching her mother, an Indian immigrant to Canada, prepare delicious Indian meals. Kubra’s mother was able to do this with fresh vegetables from her garden and she became creative with the limited resources she had because there was not a wide variety of Indian grocery items available in Canada at the time. Kubra learned to cook at an early age and loved teaching others how to prepare delicious and healthy meals. Today, Kubra shares this love of cooking with her community through her recipe column.
Kubra’s parents instilled within her the desire to give back to their community through volunteering, and they were highly involved with hospital fundraising and even drove cancer patients to their appointments. Kubra started volunteering at the age of 12 and followed the excellent example her parents set. The importance of helping others is something that Kubra has carried with her, and she continues this family tradition by volunteering with her husband and two daughters. They regularly collect food donations for those in need, plant trees, and engage in other community initiatives. Kubra encourages others to volunteer by finding a cause that interests them and giving their time and/or money to that initiative. She lives by this favourite quote that reflects the importance of volunteerism in her life: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” — Mahatma Gandhi.
Kudos to Kubra!