Meet Winona Kent

Job Title

Graduate Programs Assistant, School of Population and Public Health

Department | Campus

UBC Point Grey

How long have you worked at the Faculty of Medicine?

Since 2005. Before that I was a temp with Staff Finders for a year and a half.

Tell us what you do at the Faculty in one or two sentences:

I assist the MHSc, MSc and PhD Graduate Programs Manager, looking after current and future students, helping with administrative tasks, scholarships and funding, candidacy files,  courses, general queries, you name it, I’ve probably done it. I’m also the school’s main T-Rep and course scheduler, and I deal with Admissions to the three programs mentioned above.

What’s your favourite thing about your work?

I love the people I work with, and the variety and challenges. It’s never boring here. And UBC is a beautiful place to come to work every day.

One thing we might be surprised to learn about you?

I have an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and In my other life I’m a novelist. I’ve had four books published – two tongue-in-cheek spy stories (Skywatcher and The Cilla Rose Affair), an adventure set on a cruise ship in Alaska (Cold Play), and an accidental time-travel romance (Persistence of Memory). These are all being reissued as ebooks and paperbacks by New York’s Diversion Books in July 2015. In Loving Memory, the sequel to Persistence of Memory, will be published by Diversion Books later this year.

What is the song you sang out loud as a teenager?

All My Loving, by the Beatles. OK, it was a hit song when I was 10. But I sang it all through my teenage years too. I love old rock and roll.

What makes you laugh?

Well-written off-beat comedies that don’t insult my intelligence. I love the tv series Modern Family. I loved Monty Python, and Fawlty Towers.  I also appreciate people who don’t take themselves too seriously.

One thing on your desk you brought from home?

A bag of raw veggies – broccoli, carrots and cauliflower. And some home-made dip – Miracle Whip and sour cream.

Most healthy habit:

I walk two miles every day on my lunch break.

Favourite vacation spot?

London, England, where I was born.