Melissa has been a member of the Grey Bruce Chapter Executive since returning to the area in 2009; including holding various positions as Membership Director, Vice President, and Chapter President Elect. She is employed as the Human Resources Department Manager at the Grey Bruce Health Unit. Her work involves advising in various areas including Labour & Employee Relations, Job Evaluation & Pay Equity, Return to Work & Absence Management, Performance Management, and Recruitment & Succession Planning. Prior to joining the Health Unit, Melissa has held leadership positions in a variety of industries including retail, education, and financial services. Melissa has earned an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, a post diploma in Human Resources and continues her journey to be a lifelong learner throughout her career.
My name is Joyce Benninger and I have been a member of the Grey Bruce HRPA Chapter Executive since 2004. I have held the positions of Communications Director, Secretary, Vice President and President.
I have worked for the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board since 1988 and am currently in the role of Supervisor of Health and Safety. Over my time here as a member of the Board’s HR department I have had payroll & benefit responsibilities as well. Currently I volunteer with the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services making safety presentations to young workers. I live in Hanover with my husband and our two cats.
By being involved with the HRPA, I have had many opportunities to meet people from other organizations and appreciate the value of the networking opportunities our Chapter provides. I look forward to seeing our members at our upcoming events and hope each of them finds belonging to the Grey Bruce HRPA as rewarding as I do.
Jason Hemstock, CHRL - Chapter Chair Elect
Born and raised in Bruce County, I am fortunate enough to have remained living in my home town of Tara with my wife and two daughters. My diploma in business and many of the human resource courses I took were with Georgian College - Owen Sound Campus so Grey and Bruce County is definitely home to me. Immediately after finishing college, I started working at Best Western Inn on the Bay in Owen Sound as an accountant while assisting the General Manager with Human Resource duties. Remaining with this organization has paid off as I currently fill the role as General Manager. I obtained my CHRL in 2009 and continued in hospitality gaining my CHA designation in 2014. My love for working with people has kept me in this industry were there is never a dull moment. I attribute the success of the Best Western Inn on the Bay to the employees and I know it was my human resources background that helped me to build this team. I can often be found working along side the staff members somewhere inside the hotel. I love where I live and I enjoy what I do for a living. One could not ask for much more.
Audrey Bross, B.A., CHRL - Chapter Secretary-Treasurer
Audrey joined the GBHRPA executive in 2009 as Treasurer. She has been an active member ever since being Treasurer, Vice President and just recently completed her role as President of the GBHRPA.
She now takes on a new challenge as Membership Director for the chapter for a 2 year term.
Audrey has working in the telecom, food manufacturing, rubber manufacturing industries as well as public administration and now with Canada's leading ethanol producer.
She works and lives in the Grey-Bruce area.
Lacy Fischer, CHRL - Chair, Chapter Communications Committee
Lacy has been working for The Home Depot in a number of different HR capacities over the last 7 years. She began her career as a Human Resource Staffing Coordinator then moved to an HR Manager role; most recently she covered a parental leave in the capacity of District Human Resource Manager over the course of 2015. Lacy has obtained a bachelor of commerce from Ryerson University and a business administration diploma from Sheridan College. Lacy has been a member of the Grey Bruce HRPA Board of Directors over the last 5 years in both the Programs Director role and currently in the Communications Chair position.
Karolina Durkalec, CHRP - Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee
Karolina joined the Grey Bruce HRPA Board of Directors in 2015 and is currently your Programs Director. She originally became a member of the HRPA in 2010 while she was completing her studies. Karolina obtained a bachelor degree in sociology from McMaster University and a post graduate diploma in Human Resources Management from Humber College. For the past 6 years, Karolina has worked as an Account Manager and Recruitment Specialist in both the retail distribution and light industrial industry. Her work has allowed her to work in various HR capacities – Employee Relations, Attendance and Performance Management, Training and Development, and Health & Safety.
Currently, she has embarked on a new journey in her Human Resources career covering a maternity leave with in the manufacturing industry. Her goal is to contribute to the success of any organization or team she works for by exceeding every expectations.