Helen Mix, RPR
COMMITTED TO EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND SATISFACTION
Helen Mix is Vice President, Human Resources for Boardwalk REIT. Boardwalk REIT is Canada's largest owner/operator of multi-family rental communities. Boardwalk REIT currently owns and operates in excess of 260 properties with approximately 34,000 rental units and employs approximately 1,100 Associates. The Trust's portfolio is concentrated in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and
Helen spent the first 15 years of her career in the accounting profession in the manufacturing sector and started with Boardwalk in 1999 as a Payroll Team Leader. Through hard work and dedication, she rapidly moved from Team Leader to Director and eventually to Vice President in a few short years. She is especially proud of the in-house comprehensive HR/Payroll system that she spearheaded with a team of programmers. The system is designed for scalability, thereby decreasing costs and significantly improving efficiencies. Most importantly, the system significantly raised the level of executive and employee satisfaction by processing payroll both accurately and on time for several companies and provinces.
Her current responsibilities include payroll management, system development, change management, policy development and implementation, performance management, employee engagement, compensation, training & development, recruitment and workplace health & safety. She oversees an outstanding team of employees that assist her in accomplishing these responsibilities. As a member of the executive team, Helen is able to contribute to the organizational strategy and ensure that Human Resources remains a clear focus for the organization.
Her future plans include assisting Boardwalk to become an “Employer of Choice” across the country by focusing on total rewards, corporate culture and overall engagement measurement tools.
Helen has actively pursued her education and considers herself a "lifelong learner". In the past five years, Helen has completed several recognized designations including the "Certified Payroll Manager - CPM", "Certified Human Resources Professional - CHRP", "Compensation Management Specialist - CMS" and most recently, the "Registered Professional Recruiter - RPR". She continues to look for further educational opportunities.
Helen and her husband Darcy are the proud parents of 2 amazing sons and a beautiful grandson. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family in Alberta’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Colleen Calvert, CMP, RPR
PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR THE FAMILIES OF OUR MILITARY
Colleen Calvert joined the Canadian Forces in 1974 as one of the first trail blazing women airframe technicians. Over the span of her 21-year career she worked on many aircraft types at numerous bases in Canada. Upon retirement from the CF as a Master Warrant Officer, Colleen realized her passion to continue to work with the CF, especially with families. Colleen went to work with military families in the voluntary/not for profit sector at the Shearwater Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) and since then, she has worked in different capacities, such as Public Relations, Volunteer Coordinator and Deputy Director. In 1999, she assumed the duties of Executive Director for the Halifax MFRC and is currently Executive Director of the MFRCs in Halifax and Shearwater, leading both organizations through an amalgamation to become the Halifax & Region MFRC in 2007. The Halifax & Region MFRC will be responsible for over 7000 military families, including spouses, children and parents of serving members throughout Halifax, Cape Breton and Central/Northern Nova Scotia.
Through her work with the MFRCs, Colleen has been on the leading edge of CF family support. The Military Family Resource Centre's mission is to promote the health and social well-being of individuals, families and communities who share the unique experience of military life. Colleen has a staff of 75 with 3 locations in Nova Scotia.
Colleen is a proven, results-oriented leader who believes in continuing education. She recently initiated a training and development opportunity through IPM that resulted in 18 of her Board members and staff completing the Certified Management Professional program. She has also completed the Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management offered through Henson College.
Colleen has been recognized for outstanding leadership in family support, and in 2005 she was awarded a personal award along with the prestigious Admiral's Cup for the top unit in Maritime Forces Atlantic - which is comprised of over 80 units. A talented and energetic public speaker, she has represented the Halifax & Region MFRC family support program at International, National and Regional conferences and has been consulted on Family Support issues by many CF and civilian organizations. In 2005, Colleen was appointed to the CF Ombudsman's Advisory Committee. In 2006, Colleen was asked to represent all Canadian MFRCs on the issue of family support through deployment at an International NATO symposium in Belgium.
Bringing humour to the workplace and being involved in the community are some of the ways Colleen develops and shares her leadership skills. She recently facilitated workshops on re-energizing through humour and presentations with pizzazz at a National MFRC conference along with local community organizations.
Colleen's personal interests include home renovations and travelling. She is looking forward to travelling to as many countries with hot climates as she can in the next 5 years so she can decide where to retire for the second time.
Eileen Bond, CMP
MAKING CARING A CAREER
Eileen was born and raised in Bermuda. Upon graduation from the Bermuda High School, she attended the Business Administration program at Ealing College, now Thames Valley University, in England and graduated second in her year.
Eileen met her future husband Andrew on her first day in London. After her graduation, they were married in Bermuda before immigrating to Ottawa. Eileen joined the fundraising team of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital which was a wonderful introduction to the people of the Ottawa Valley. Upon completing this contract, Eileen became a homemaker, raising three children and doing volunteer work. Following this, she set up a bookkeeping business and worked for many years managing and assisting several small businesses.
Following the sudden death of her eldest son, Kevin, a career counselor advised her to become a nurse. Unwilling to return to university full-time, Eileen searched for a position that would combine her strong business background with the “caring” attributes of the nursing profession, eventually accepting a position with New Orchard Lodge, part of Extendicare. The IPM Management course updated Eileen’s management and administrative skills, smoothing the transition to her new career.
Extendicare operates 438 long-term care and assisted-living facilities across North America, with capacity for over 34,700 residents, and employing 38,100 staff. In the US, the company also offers services such as sub-acute care and rehabilitative therapy, while in Canada, home health care services are provided. New Orchard Lodge has a capacity of 111 beds, and is regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Through their commitment to residents, quality care and professional standards, they are dedicated to providing a high level of individualized care to all their residents.
As Office Manager, Eileen uses her business skills to maintain budgets, set goals, oversee accounts payable and receivable, and administer staff benefits, payroll and scheduling for 125 staff members and the trust accounts of 111 residents. Interpreting and implementing the established policies, procedures, regulations and standards of Extendicare, the Ministry of Health and collective agreements is frequently challenging. Systems thinking, teamwork, and communication skills are essential in this busy role where customer service is a priority.
Future plans with Extendicare include continuing with her committee work on Ethics, Information and Purchasing. Eileen is also a founding member of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, facilitating groups, sitting on the Planning Committee and organizing the planting of a “butterfly” garden at CHEO. Eileen’s interests are gardening, hiking, sewing and visiting her family in Bermuda as often as possible.