Sincerely,
The Hamilton Chapter Board

Events

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Hamilton:11.20.20 How to Manage your Workforce in a Carbon Neutral Way

Hamilton: 11.20.20 How to Manage your Workforce in a Carbon Neutral WayThis Webinar will cover:1. Basic carbon literacy- what is a...

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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

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Valerie Henshel, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) with an extensive background in Human Resources. Val has worked in the private and not for profit sectors, with executive level leadership experience and a passion for employee relations and employment law. Currently Valerie is working as an Employment Standards Officer with the Ministry of Labour.

Valerie has many years of experience volunteering in her community and on various not for profit boards. Val is new to the Hamilton HRPA Board this year and is currently the Program Director.

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Leah Heywood, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

After beginning a career in Marketing, Leah found her way to Human Resources. Currently, she is a Human Resources Manager with a national retailer and enjoys playing a strategic role in an expanding business. Leah is a graduate of McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce and also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Mohawk College.

Leah began volunteering with the Hamilton Chapter in 2014 as a member of the Communications Committee and joined the Board in 2016 as Communications Director. As a member of the HR community, Leah co-chaired the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s HR Network from 2015-2017, which promotes HR best practices to the Hamilton business community. In 2018, she began her term as Chapter Chair and looks forward to providing leadership and support to the Hamilton Chapter!

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Reanna Klamot, CHRP

Chair, Communications Committee

Reanna Klamot is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and currently works as a Human Resources Generalist at a retirement company. She completed her Bachelor of Social Psychology at McMaster University in 2015 and went on to pursue Post-Graduate studies in Human Resources in 2016, where she gained experience working in public, private and not-for-profit sectors of employment.

Reanna began volunteering with the Hamilton Chapter as a Program Committee volunteer where she helped plan, facilitate and host networking events for the chapter. In 2018, she joined the board as the Communications Director and is looking forward to the what the next few years will bring!

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Yvette (Eve) Drake

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Eve is a high-caliber administrative professional and educator, who brings a wealth of experience from various industries.  She is very passionate about Labour Relations, Health, Safety and Wellness, and Organizational Development, and are areas to which she would like to direct her career development.

Eve’s education includes both Business Administration and Human Resources Management from McMaster University with an ongoing commitment to professional development and education.  Previous education credentials include both Child and Youth Worker and Health Care Aid Diplomas.

Eve has worked for 17 years in Education as a Learning and Behaviour Strategist and is pursuing a career change into Human Resource Management, currently working towards her CHRP.

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Laureta Berisha, CHRP

Chair, Student Liaison Committee

Upon completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at McMaster University, Laureta went on to pursue a career in HR. She completed the postgraduate certificate program at Mohawk College and has experience as an HR assistant in the retail industry. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and is excited to be on the Hamilton Chapter Board as the new Student Liaison Chair. Laureta is looking forward to working with the student members of the chapter and supporting them as they become human resources professionals.

valerie-henshel
Valerie Henshel, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) with an extensive background in Human Resources. Val has worked in the private and not for profit sectors, with executive level leadership experience and a passion for employee relations and employment law. Currently Valerie is working as an Employment Standards Officer with the Ministry of Labour.

Valerie has many years of experience volunteering in her community and on various not for profit boards. Val is new to the Hamilton HRPA Board this year and is currently the Program Director.

leah-heywood
Leah Heywood, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

After beginning a career in Marketing, Leah found her way to Human Resources. Currently, she is a Human Resources Manager with a national retailer and enjoys playing a strategic role in an expanding business. Leah is a graduate of McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce and also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Mohawk College.

Leah began volunteering with the Hamilton Chapter in 2014 as a member of the Communications Committee and joined the Board in 2016 as Communications Director. As a member of the HR community, Leah co-chaired the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s HR Network from 2015-2017, which promotes HR best practices to the Hamilton business community. In 2018, she began her term as Chapter Chair and looks forward to providing leadership and support to the Hamilton Chapter!

reanna-klamot
Reanna Klamot, CHRP

Chair, Communications Committee

Reanna Klamot is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and currently works as a Human Resources Generalist at a retirement company. She completed her Bachelor of Social Psychology at McMaster University in 2015 and went on to pursue Post-Graduate studies in Human Resources in 2016, where she gained experience working in public, private and not-for-profit sectors of employment.

Reanna began volunteering with the Hamilton Chapter as a Program Committee volunteer where she helped plan, facilitate and host networking events for the chapter. In 2018, she joined the board as the Communications Director and is looking forward to the what the next few years will bring!

yvette-drake
Yvette (Eve) Drake

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Eve is a high-caliber administrative professional and educator, who brings a wealth of experience from various industries.  She is very passionate about Labour Relations, Health, Safety and Wellness, and Organizational Development, and are areas to which she would like to direct her career development.

Eve’s education includes both Business Administration and Human Resources Management from McMaster University with an ongoing commitment to professional development and education.  Previous education credentials include both Child and Youth Worker and Health Care Aid Diplomas.

Eve has worked for 17 years in Education as a Learning and Behaviour Strategist and is pursuing a career change into Human Resource Management, currently working towards her CHRP.

laura-berisha
Laureta Berisha, CHRP

Chair, Student Liaison Committee

Upon completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at McMaster University, Laureta went on to pursue a career in HR. She completed the postgraduate certificate program at Mohawk College and has experience as an HR assistant in the retail industry. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and is excited to be on the Hamilton Chapter Board as the new Student Liaison Chair. Laureta is looking forward to working with the student members of the chapter and supporting them as they become human resources professionals.

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