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 Jamie Pettit
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From: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 4:05 PM -0400
Subject:Bluewater’s Human Resources Services
The Human Resources Services department promotes excellence in human resources management to support Bluewater District School Board in achieving the following strategic priorities:        
  • Ensure the well-being of students and staff in a safe supportive environment for teaching, learning and working
  • Be accountable for the responsible stewardship of resources
Human Resources Services department staff work diligently to provide the most effective and efficient supports for employees throughout their employment with Bluewater District School Board.

Group photo image of members of Human Resources ServicesBeginning with the recruitment process, the department is actively involved in all hiring in Bluewater.  Staff work closely with departments, schools and the board’s Communications Officer to attract the highest quality candidates for each position.

Once hired, employees can expect an exemplary onboarding program.  Depending on the employee group, central training programs are held to support a successful transition into their new roles.  

The group works collaboratively and cooperatively, both as a team and with other departments, to problem solve, foster clear communication, and align processes and services so that all employees have a positive working experience in Bluewater District School Board.

Some other key areas of focus in the Human Resources Services department include:
  • Leading the staffing process for all employee groups;
  • Providing leadership and guidance to administrators, managers and supervisors with regular training and professional development, planning and coordination of employee training across teams, and assisting with human resources services related tasks in all departments;
  • Supporting employee well-being in the areas of occupational health and safety, organizational health and wellness, and employee assistance and return-to-work programs;
  • Managing human resources services data and systems to ensure accuracy, efficiency, and confidentiality in the collection and use of employee data to perform human resources services tasks, such as benefit administration, leave requests, offence declarations, and teacher and early childhood educator certification;
  • Supporting superintendents, administrators, managers and supervisors with personnel issues; and
  • Supporting positive employee and labour relations, and collaborative professionalism with regular staffing and labour relations meetings, and effective communication with union groups.
The Human Resources Services department staff are committed to Bluewater District School Board and its employees, and they exemplify exceptional service to the people for and with whom they work.

“The Human Resources team is a dynamic group of individuals who work collaboratively to ensure that employees of Bluewater District School Board are professionally and respectfully supported during their employment with the board.  This team cares deeply about the services they provide.  They believe firmly that, by supporting the employees of the board in the work that they do, they are supporting the students in a positive learning experience.  They are to be commended for their dedicated service to our employees.” – Cynthia Lemon, Executive Officer Human Resources Services

“I am delighted to be a part of Human Resources Services.  The team is diverse, dedicated, and holds a strong and varied skill set. Meeting the board’s strategic priorities, such as providing a quality education and ensuring the well-being of staff and students, would not be possible without the commitment to provide employees with the services they require to be successful in their positions.” – Sheryl Elliott, Administrator, Human Resources Services

“Working in Human Resources Services with BWDSB provides me with a unique opportunity to support all staff in a wide variety of areas, and in turn, contribute to the success of students throughout the education system.  I, myself, was a student of BWDSB and have my education to thank for many of my successes.  It is extremely gratifying to be able to ‘give back’ in such a challenging, yet rewarding capacity.” – Melissa Hilgendorff, Human Resources Services Officer

“A good deal of my time in Human Resources is spent on the recruitment and intake process for new staff.  I am very impressed with the quality of people joining the Bluewater team, and I am proud to welcome them to our board.  I have enjoyed working in several school offices, both elementary and secondary – and I am confident our students, staff and schools are in good hands with BWDSB’s dedicated staff.” – Laurie Symonds, Executive Assistant-Human Resources Services

“We strive to keep all BWDSB employees safe and healthy while at work, while assisting the board to implement an occupational health and safety program that meets or exceeds the requirements of the law.” – Sarah Hills, Health and Safety Officer