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Blog: Thursday, June 27th, 2019

New Faces in HR

As June comes to a close, the HR team is looking forward for some weeks in the summer months to both reflect on the past and to prepare for the 19/20 school year. The team has seen significant change in the last 10 months and is moving forward with a new structure, a few new faces and some new initiatives to better support the strategic goals of our district.

The final members of the newly structured HR team have been hired. Joining myself, recently added as the District Principal for the teacher portfolio, are Kathryn Beckering, our new HR manager and Tom Paulik, our new Labour Relations Senior Manager. Both Kathryn and Tom join us with valuable HR experience and are welcomed additions to the team. 

For 2019/20 the team is looking at new and more efficient ways to support our schools. We are implementing new technology and processes in an effort to provide the best service possible. And, we are also hosting a "New Leaders" retreat in August, building on the work they have been doing throughout the year with our new and emerging leaders. 

The department says farewell to Lorraine Santos who retires this summer after a successful career in public education. Her final year was spent in HR travelling across the country recruiting new teachers to Abbotsford. Her work with on-boarding and mentorship has ensured a steady influx of new teachers who have benefited from Lorraine's diligent support in their first year in #AbbySchools. We are grateful for Lorraine and her dedication to our students and staff and wish her all the best in her retirement!

The HR department wishes all a safe a restful summer. Take the time to enjoy your family and friends and please… remember to use sunscreen

JAY PANKRATZ
Director Principal, Human Resources