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Human Resources Association Announces Recipients of Provincial Awards

May 7, 2010

Vancouver, B.C. – The BC Human Resources Management Association (BC HRMA) announced this year’s recipients of the Awards of Excellence, Rising Star Award and FCHRPs last evening at a gala held in conjunction with the association’s 48th Annual Conference & Showcase.

Award of Excellence: HR Professional of the Year
Diane Sullivan, CHRP, vice president, human resources, BC Safety Authority, was announced as the winner of the Award of Excellence – HR Professional of the Year.
Sullivan was chosen as this year’s award recipient for her work transforming the former arm of the provincial government into an independent, self-supporting entity with strong entrepreneurial traits. Working with the executive team, Sullivan led the culture change initiative, and not only revitalized the role of HR, but yielded numerous organizational improvements.
The Award of Excellence: HR Professional of the Year, sponsored by Knightsbridge and The Globe and Mail, is given to an individual who contributes to an organization by achieving significant business results and by demonstrating exceptional leadership both as a personal and professional role model.

Award of Excellence: Innovation
A team of HR professionals from BC Hydro was announced as the winner of the Award of Excellence – Innovation. The team consists of Karen Green, manager, learning and development; Rick Milone, manager, total rewards; Agnes Terebka, HR advisor recruitment; and Ashley Bennington, CHRP, HR advisor workforce planning.

This human resources team was nominated for their “Generational Diversity” report which provided key insights regarding employee engagement within their generational pools. This work moved the function of human resources forward as a strategic partner in the organization and as a result, the team was chosen as this year’s award recipient.

The Award of Excellence: Innovation, sponsored by Knightsbridge and The Globe and Mail, recognizes an individual or team that has successfully applied a progressive human resources program to address a corporate challenge or opportunity.

Rising Star Award
Rene McComber was the winner of this year’s Rising Star Award.

McComber was nominated for her work as an HR advisor at the Vancouver Aquarium and was chosen as this year’s award recipient due to her considerable input into the organization’s HR functions, especially at such an early point in her career. In addition, McComber is being recognized for her efforts toward increased staff engagement and cost savings for the Aquarium.

The Rising Star Award, sponsored by Toombs Inc, The Province and The Vancouver Sun, recognizes and publicly honors a BC HRMA member who is lighting the HR community on fire.

Fellow CHRP
The Fellow Certified Human Resources Professional (FCHRP) is a prestigious title that aims to recognize the most exceptional CHRPs in Canada who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of HR and their communities. This year’s three B.C. professionals were acknowledged with their FCHRP designations: Joan Harrison, Catherine Richardson and Les Waldie.

BC HRMA, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing professional people practices, provides leadership to almost 5,000 members. Established in 1942, BC HRMA is a founding member of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) and the exclusive grantor of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in British Columbia.

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Phone: 604.694.6930

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