Manager of Human Resources, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?
People and healthcare are my passion, the ability to combine both and be part of an organization that gives back to the community - truly inspires me each and every day.
How did you come to be in this position?
My career path was not as linear as I would have thought going into University! I graduated with a B.A [H] in Psychology and Labour Studies, not knowing what I wanted to do next. I liked people and I enjoyed dispute resolutions, as well as employment law. I dabbled in a few different positions and had thoughts about going back to school, but all my positions were within Healthcare settings (LTC, Retirement Homes and now Hospital). I knew I wanted to be part of organizations that had a focus on people. I had the opportunity to work in Leadership roles within Healthcare and enjoyed the day to day operations but found myself drawn to the Human Resources and Labour Relations aspects. I was fortunate to move into a position that was focused on Labour Relations and had a great mentor who took the time to teach me and give me an excellent foundation. From there, I decided Human Resources and Labour Relations was where I wanted to focus in a Leadership capacity - I enrolled in the Master of Industrial Relation Program at Queen's University and began looking for opportunities for Leadership roles within healthcare. The position at HDGH came up and I was immediately excited about the opportunity - after meeting the team, I knew that this is where I wanted to be! I could not be more proud to be part of HDGH and the work that we do. It is a privilege to be part of the HDGH organization and have a role in supporting our team members, working with our leaders and our Union Partners.
What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?
The best advice I would give to young women looking to enter Human Resources, is to be open to different paths. You're not always going to get from Point A to Point B the same way that someone else did - and that is the fun of it! Labour Relations and even dispute resolution does not often get the same attention that other parts of Human Resources do. I would encourage young women to learn more about Labour Relations and the ability to engage in dispute resolution, there are so many opportunities to utilize this skill set in Human Resources and many other roles.
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