Sincerely,
The Barrie & District Chapter Board

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Barrie and District: IN-PERSON Recruiting "Coming out of COVID"

We will discuss the key differences in our role before, during and post-pandemic. There have been drastic changes to how...

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Membership

At the Human Resources Professionals Association, we believe that better HR makes business better. Our goal is to ensure human resources professionals are recognized as an essential part of business success, and that our profession is as valued by organizations as those of other major professional associations.

We do this by equipping our members and students with the knowledge and tools that allow them to be specialized strategic thinkers relied upon to safeguard and futureproof Ontario businesses.

Interested in becoming an HRPA Member or joining as a Student? Learn more about member and student benefits and how to register.

Mentoring

Mentoring: The HRPA Mentorship Program encourages career growth and development by providing students – and HR Professionals who are early in their careers – with the opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching from more experienced Human Resources Professionals

Learn more about our HRPA Mentoring Programs

Volunteering

Volunteering at HRPA is a rewarding membership experience and volunteers are critical to the association’s continued success.

With the expertise and involvement of members, we create awareness of workplace issues, promote excellence in human resources management practices and provide services that support the HR community, knowledge-sharing and continuous professional development.

HRPA members and students are involved in a variety of volunteer service opportunities including:

  • Board of Directors
  • Committees
  • Annual Conference & Trade Show
  • Mentoring
  • Local HRPA Chapter Board’s and Chapter Committees

Register as a Volunteer:
The first step to volunteering at HRPA is registering in our volunteer services database. If your registration is accepted, you receive a notification. When an opportunity that matches your preferences and/or skills becomes available, you may be contacted directly with more information about the available volunteer role.

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About Leadership

Sherry-Patterson
Sherry Patterson, B.A., CHRP

Chapter Chair

Sherry earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Laurentian University and obtained her post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Georgian College. She has a Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Sherry has 9 years of progressive Human Resources experience in several industries including transportation and manufacturing. She has an excellent knowledge and understanding in creating policies and procedures, disability management, coaching/counselling, project management and health and safety. Sherry strives to update her knowledge and skills regularly so that she may stay current in all areas of Human Resources.

Sherry has always had a passion for volunteering. She has previously volunteered for Victim Services as a team leader and at the Season Centre for Grieving Children in Barrie.

Sherry looks forward to contributing to HRPA.

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Lesley Harrington, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Lesley is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and obtained her Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Sheridan College.  She is currently working locally in the healthcare sector and has management experience in HR, Administration, Customer Service and Operations and has worked in the medical, legal, telecommunications and real estate private sector.

Lesley’s experience encompasses many aspects of HR including recruitment and selection, employee relations, onboarding and orientation, performance management, compensation and benefits, policy development, HRIS and health and safety.

Lesley enjoys volunteering and participating as a Board Member of the HRPA Barrie & District Chapter and looks forward to contributing to the upcoming year.

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Catherine E Wilson, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

My name is Catherine Wilson and I live in Huntsville, Ontario with my husband and two children.

I was born in Huntsville and have lived here for most of my life. I graduated from Queen’s University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and then attended Georgian College in 2011/2012, where I obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. I started working at Home Depot as a HR Co-op Student in 2012 and have worked at Home Depot in Human Resources ever since! I am currently a Store Human Resources Manager out of the Huntsville location and have been fortunate enough to work out of different store volumes in my 9 years at Home Depot.

I am thrilled to be in the Student Liaison position for the Barrie Chapter! I remember making beneficial connections with the HRPA when I was a student at Georgian College and I am so pleased to be able to give back to students, promote the HRPA and the HR profession.

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Victor Dosumu, CHRP, PMP

Chair, Chapter Mentorship & Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Group

I am a Human Resources professional with five years of experience working both in Canada and abroad. I currently work as a Human Resources Generalist for one of the municipal governments in Ontario.

I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. As I do consider myself a lifelong learner, I do have several pieces of training in diversity and inclusion, project management, leadership, and employee wellbeing to name a few.

I love to contribute to meaningful causes and be deeply involved with my community. I have served as a PR Officer (Public Relations) for the Nigerian Government agency responsible for environmental sustainability.

In my free time, I love to read, go for long drives, explore nature, and a soccer fan.

Sue
Sue Skawinski, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Sue is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with over 20 years of progressive Human Resources experience. Sue completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management through Humber College in Toronto.

Sue’s passion is recruiting, however, does possess many years of HR generalist experience including, but not limited to, Talent Acquisition, International HRM, Employee Relations, Compensation & Benefits and HRIS & Payroll.

Sue is currently working as an HR Manager with Hitachi Rail STS Canada.  Hitachi is currently part of the Mobilinx consortium working to deliver the Hurontario Light Rapid Transit project in Mississauga. Sue has held various roles within HR such as HR Business Partner, Director, Resourcing, Manager, Recruiting, and Human Resources Manager. For many years she worked and built the company & the HR department at Thales Ground Transportation, a large, global hi-tech company.

Sue embraces volunteering and has enjoyed many different volunteer experiences prior to being a member of the Board of Directors of the Barrie & District.

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Shannon Loughran, B.Comm, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Communications

Shannon Loughran is currently the Director of Human Resources and Corporate Communication in the food service industry.  He has spent the last eight years developing his experience in human resources through a variety of roles with board memberships, executive committees, selection groups, and on executive leadership teams.  Prior to embarking on his professional human resources career, he spent over 10 years working as a project manager for his family business and also spent some time overseas working in corporate training and communications consulting.  Shannon has his CHRL designation and completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree through the University of Guelph and his Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management through Conestoga College.

Shannon is looking forward to contributing to the HRPA community.  His unique combination of progressive human resource leadership experience, social and community development, and an educational background focused on business will enable him to affect positive change and continue to be a collaborative leader.

Shannon lives in Barrie with his spouse and two children who all participate in various community events, charities and sports.  Being active and enjoying Barrie’s natural amenities is a passion for Shannon and his family, you will find them enjoying the beaches, waterfront path, bilking/hiking trails, ski hills and sports fields all year long.

Andrew Belanger, CHRL, MHRM

Chair, Chapter Programs

Andrew is Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with over 14 years of Human Resources experience in both the public and private sectors. He is currently working with York Regional Police as Supervisor.

Andrew is committed to continuous education, and holds both an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) degree from the University of Windsor, as well as a Masters of Human Resources Management (MHRM) degree from York University. He has taken part in a variety of training sessions related to payroll, pension, diversity and inclusion, mentoring and project management.

Volunteering and community involvement are important to Andrew, and he enjoys sharing his talents on committees and volunteer initiatives. He has been involved with the Town of Bradford Accessibility Advisory Committee for the past 8 years, was part of two compensation review committees (Town of Bradford Town Council and South Simcoe Police Services Board reviews). One of his past assignments with York Regional Police was as Coordinator of Volunteer Services, where he oversaw the hiring, scheduling
and motivation for over 500 volunteers associated with the Police Service.

Outside of work and volunteering, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, golfing and refereeing hockey in the Simcoe County area.

Sherry-Patterson
Sherry Patterson, B.A., CHRP

Chapter Chair

Sherry earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Laurentian University and obtained her post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Georgian College. She has a Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Sherry has 9 years of progressive Human Resources experience in several industries including transportation and manufacturing. She has an excellent knowledge and understanding in creating policies and procedures, disability management, coaching/counselling, project management and health and safety. Sherry strives to update her knowledge and skills regularly so that she may stay current in all areas of Human Resources.

Sherry has always had a passion for volunteering. She has previously volunteered for Victim Services as a team leader and at the Season Centre for Grieving Children in Barrie.

Sherry looks forward to contributing to HRPA.

Lesley Harrington 2022 Headshot (2)
Lesley Harrington, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Lesley is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and obtained her Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Sheridan College.  She is currently working locally in the healthcare sector and has management experience in HR, Administration, Customer Service and Operations and has worked in the medical, legal, telecommunications and real estate private sector.

Lesley’s experience encompasses many aspects of HR including recruitment and selection, employee relations, onboarding and orientation, performance management, compensation and benefits, policy development, HRIS and health and safety.

Lesley enjoys volunteering and participating as a Board Member of the HRPA Barrie & District Chapter and looks forward to contributing to the upcoming year.

Catherine Wilson 2022 Headshot
Catherine E Wilson, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

My name is Catherine Wilson and I live in Huntsville, Ontario with my husband and two children.

I was born in Huntsville and have lived here for most of my life. I graduated from Queen’s University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and then attended Georgian College in 2011/2012, where I obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. I started working at Home Depot as a HR Co-op Student in 2012 and have worked at Home Depot in Human Resources ever since! I am currently a Store Human Resources Manager out of the Huntsville location and have been fortunate enough to work out of different store volumes in my 9 years at Home Depot.

I am thrilled to be in the Student Liaison position for the Barrie Chapter! I remember making beneficial connections with the HRPA when I was a student at Georgian College and I am so pleased to be able to give back to students, promote the HRPA and the HR profession.

Victor Dosumu 2022 Headshot
Victor Dosumu, CHRP, PMP

Chair, Chapter Mentorship & Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Group

I am a Human Resources professional with five years of experience working both in Canada and abroad. I currently work as a Human Resources Generalist for one of the municipal governments in Ontario.

I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. As I do consider myself a lifelong learner, I do have several pieces of training in diversity and inclusion, project management, leadership, and employee wellbeing to name a few.

I love to contribute to meaningful causes and be deeply involved with my community. I have served as a PR Officer (Public Relations) for the Nigerian Government agency responsible for environmental sustainability.

In my free time, I love to read, go for long drives, explore nature, and a soccer fan.

Sue
Sue Skawinski, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Sue is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with over 20 years of progressive Human Resources experience. Sue completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management through Humber College in Toronto.

Sue’s passion is recruiting, however, does possess many years of HR generalist experience including, but not limited to, Talent Acquisition, International HRM, Employee Relations, Compensation & Benefits and HRIS & Payroll.

Sue is currently working as an HR Manager with Hitachi Rail STS Canada.  Hitachi is currently part of the Mobilinx consortium working to deliver the Hurontario Light Rapid Transit project in Mississauga. Sue has held various roles within HR such as HR Business Partner, Director, Resourcing, Manager, Recruiting, and Human Resources Manager. For many years she worked and built the company & the HR department at Thales Ground Transportation, a large, global hi-tech company.

Sue embraces volunteering and has enjoyed many different volunteer experiences prior to being a member of the Board of Directors of the Barrie & District.

Shannon Loughran 2022 Headshot (1)
Shannon Loughran, B.Comm, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Communications

Shannon Loughran is currently the Director of Human Resources and Corporate Communication in the food service industry.  He has spent the last eight years developing his experience in human resources through a variety of roles with board memberships, executive committees, selection groups, and on executive leadership teams.  Prior to embarking on his professional human resources career, he spent over 10 years working as a project manager for his family business and also spent some time overseas working in corporate training and communications consulting.  Shannon has his CHRL designation and completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree through the University of Guelph and his Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management through Conestoga College.

Shannon is looking forward to contributing to the HRPA community.  His unique combination of progressive human resource leadership experience, social and community development, and an educational background focused on business will enable him to affect positive change and continue to be a collaborative leader.

Shannon lives in Barrie with his spouse and two children who all participate in various community events, charities and sports.  Being active and enjoying Barrie’s natural amenities is a passion for Shannon and his family, you will find them enjoying the beaches, waterfront path, bilking/hiking trails, ski hills and sports fields all year long.

Andrew Belanger, CHRL, MHRM

Chair, Chapter Programs

Andrew is Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with over 14 years of Human Resources experience in both the public and private sectors. He is currently working with York Regional Police as Supervisor.

Andrew is committed to continuous education, and holds both an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) degree from the University of Windsor, as well as a Masters of Human Resources Management (MHRM) degree from York University. He has taken part in a variety of training sessions related to payroll, pension, diversity and inclusion, mentoring and project management.

Volunteering and community involvement are important to Andrew, and he enjoys sharing his talents on committees and volunteer initiatives. He has been involved with the Town of Bradford Accessibility Advisory Committee for the past 8 years, was part of two compensation review committees (Town of Bradford Town Council and South Simcoe Police Services Board reviews). One of his past assignments with York Regional Police was as Coordinator of Volunteer Services, where he oversaw the hiring, scheduling
and motivation for over 500 volunteers associated with the Police Service.

Outside of work and volunteering, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, golfing and refereeing hockey in the Simcoe County area.

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