Announcements

Announcements

  • iVolunteer Training for Chapter Volunteers

    Hello Community

    I trust you've all been doing well! 

    I am writing to you all today to let you know that I have created the following survey to determine the frequency and timing of recurring iVolunteer training sessions - something that many of you have been requesting.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YRPQBBR 

    Your responses to this survey will help me determine when these sessions will be taking place, and how often. 

    The survey should take you no more than a minute to complete. 

    I would greatly appreciate getting your feedback to this survey by Friday, February 15th. 

    As always, I welcome any thoughts you may have. 

    Until the next update.

    Justin

    jmanuel@hrpa.ca 
    416-923-2324, ext. 334
  • Community Maintenance - Saturday, January 26th

    Hello everyone, 

    Higher Logic will be performing infrastructure maintenance for our online community on Saturday, January 26 from 8AM ET to 2PM ET.

    We apologize for the disruption and appreciate your patience. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Justin

  • Connect with HR professionals at the HRPA Networking Cafe Meet-up Stations

    When: Wednesday, January 30th – Friday, February 1st
    Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 600 level
    How: start connecting with your peers now

    Hello Community, 

    I hope you are all excited to attend the upcoming 2019 HRPA Annual Conference! 

    With it just around the corner, we wanted to provide you with a means to easily connect with each other in person. 

    We’ve heard from many of you how important this is to you, so we’re creating a space at HRPA’s 2019 Annual Conference to facilitate these face-to-face conversations.

    Our Networking Café meet-up stations are located on the 600 level and will be open throughout the conference.

    If you are looking to connect and share knowledge with fellow HR professionals before & after our Annual Conference, then you may be interested in signing up to HRPA's virtual networking platform, available exclusively for members through the HRPA Networking Café. 

    It takes less than 3 minutes to join and you can complete your profile using your LinkedIn. To sign up and start connecting with your peers, click here: https://bit.ly/2FfrVJu 

    HRPA’s Networking Café was launched officially at our 2018 Annual Conference. Since then, our annual conference registrants, volunteers, members and students have participated in hundreds of face-to-face meet-ups and thousands of telephone exchanges and unique conversations have taken place. 

    Looking forward to seeing you all at the conference. 

    As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments and anything else you may have for me! 

    Justin
  • Annual reminder to audit your Chapter's volunteer opportunities

    Hello Community, 

    As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to send out a quick reminder for you all to take a quick look through your Chapter's volunteer opportunity listings to see which ones you're still looking to fill, and which ones have already been filled and are no longer active.

    With a new year comes a renewed interest for many to get involved with the Association through their local Chapter. 

    From time to time, I'll receive an email from someone wanting to put their name forward to volunteer, however, they have reservations to do so given the dates indicated on the listing they're interested in. There have been some instances where a potential volunteer will contact me and ask me if they're able to apply for a volunteer opportunity which dates back as far as 2016! 

    When you have a moment, please take a quick look through your Chapter's volunteer opportunities. For all inactive opportunities, please remove them by clicking on EDIT > Put on hold. By putting the opportunity on hold, it will be saved in the back end and remain invisible to the public. The content can be used and revised for future use.

    If you need any help with this, then please feel free to contact either myself or your TMS. We'd be more than happy to help guide you through this process.

    Happy Holidays!

    Justin
  • Network Maintenance: Thursday, November 1st - 12:00pm ET

    Hello Community, 

    Starting at 12:00 pm ET, our network will be down today for server maintenance.

    All of HRPA's online services which are built on our CRM & SSO will be down because of this. These services include iVolunteer & HRPA's Networking Cafe.

    We anticipate the downtime will last anywhere from 1 - 3 hours. 

    If you have any questions about this, feel free to send them over to me directly. 

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

    Justin
  • Online Community Maintenance 10/27

    Hello Community, 

    Higher Logic will be performing infrastructure maintenance for our online community on Saturday, October 27 from 5 PM ET to 11 PM ET. 

    We apologize for the disruption and appreciate your patience. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Justin
  • HRPA Awards of Distinction – Nominations Now Open for 2018!

    HR professionals are the architects of workplace culture. They are the difference between a great place to work – where employee rights are respected and employer responsibilities are honoured – and a workplace that falls short of those ideals. Nominations for the 2018 HRPA Awards of Distinction are now open to HR professionals who exemplify excellence in the field. These awards are a highly prestigious validation of the skill, professionalism, dedication and hard work these professionals have demonstrated in their work.

    For more information, applications, and nominations, please visit: http://bit.ly/2so5iMf

    The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, October 31st
  • Platform Maintenance - Saturday, September 8th

    Good Morning Community, 

    On Saturday, September 8, Higher Logic’s “Blackmail” service will be undertaking scheduled maintenance as part of their continued efforts to improve services and security for us. During this maintenance interval, email messaging services for Higher Logic Online Communities will be offline. Any messages queued during this maintenance event will be sent once services are brought back online.

    This scheduled maintenance event will occur between 5 PM to 11 PM ET on Saturday, September 8. Once the maintenance has been completed, services will return to normal. Messages set for delivery during the maintenance window will automatically fire off with messages being sent until the messaging queue is depleted. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me

    Thank you, 

    Justin 

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    Justin Manuel
    Volunteer Services and Online Communities Specialist
    Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
    416.923.2324 | Toll-Free: 1.800.387.1311 x 334
    jmanuel@hrpa.ca
  • Volunteer Opportunities for HRPA's 2019 Annual Conference

    Hello Community, 

    Want to network with your HR peers, see world-class speakers and enjoy HRPA's 2019 Annual Conference & Trade Show for free? 

    Every year, more than 200 HRPA member-volunteers from across Ontario contribute to the success of our Annual Conference & Trade Show. Volunteer opportunities exist in areas such as Registration, Media room, Speaker Support, Sessions, and more.  

    Here are just a few of the opportunities that are available. If you are interested in helping out with Canada's premier HR conference, I encourage you to put your name forward for both these opportunities and for new ones forming in the not too distant future. 


    Volunteer selections will be made based on HRPA's needs. We welcome applications from returning volunteers, but cannot guarantee selection or placement in the previous area of responsibility. Our goal is to provide individuals who have not volunteered in the past, with the opportunity to do so.

    We Look Forward to Working With You!

    Justin
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    Justin Manuel
    Volunteer Services and Online Communities Specialist
    Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
    416.923.2324 | Toll-Free: 1.800.387.1311 x 334
    jmanuel@hrpa.ca
  • You Asked, We Listened: Navigating Your Community Library Just Got Easier!

    Hello Community, 

    A quick update for you all today.

    I have been hearing from a fair amount of you that you would like a simpler, easier way to find the exact file you are looking for in your community libraries. Many of you have been saying that it takes you far too many clicks to find documents you and your fellow community members refer to often. 

    Well, today I am happy to announce that the default library view has been changed for all communities! Now, instead of seeing a long list of all the most recent uploads in your library and having to scroll down multiple pages to find the file you are looking for, you will now see a full list of the file folders in your community.

    In short, what does this mean for you? It means you will be able to find the exact file you are looking for, with fewer clicks and less time!

    Have an idea for something you would like to see on iVolunteer? Let me know! I welcome any thoughts and/or comments you may have! 

    Until the next update. 

    Justin
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    Justin Manuel
    Volunteer Services and Online Communities Specialist
    Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
    416.923.2324 | Toll-Free: 1.800.387.1311 x 334
    jmanuel@hrpa.ca
  • Best practices for safe in-person connections

    Hello Community, 

    While the vast majority of new connections through iVolunteer & HRPA's Networking Cafe are positive, it is always important to be aware and to practice good safety when meeting with new people.

    We recommend taking the following precautions when connecting with new people through either iVolunteer or HRPA's Networking Cafe:

    • Do not give out personal or banking information (e.g. social insurance number, bank account number) over the Internet.
    • When meeting someone in-person, always let a friend or colleague know where you are going, who you are meeting, and when you expect to return.
    • When meeting someone in-person, choose a well-lit, public area.
    • Carry a mobile phone with you in case of emergencies.
    • Inform HRPA directly of any attempted fraud, deception, harassment and any other negative or illegal behaviour  

    As always, I welcome any comments or questions you may have. 

    Until the next update. 

    Justin
  • iVolunteer Platform Maintenance - Saturday, July 14th

    Hello Community, 

    Higher Logic will be performing infrastructure maintenance for our online community on Saturday, July 14.  Although you may anticipate a brief downtime during the maintenance window, our site will not be down during the entire allotted time frame. Saturday's maintenance window will begin at 11 PM ET and last for approximately four to eight hours. 

    We apologize for the disruption and appreciate your patience.

    As always, if you have any questions, feel free to send them my way. 

    Until the next update, 

    Justin
  • HRPA's Awards of Distinction Committee is looking for a judge to join its panel!

    Hello Community, 

    The Awards of Distinction Committee is looking for a judge with the CHRE designation to join its panel!

    Each year, the Committee judges the following awards in accordance with the requirements and standards which have been established for each award:

    • The Fellow of the Human Resources Professionals Association (FHRPA) award
    • The Honourary Life Member award
    • The Distinguished Human Resources Professionals (DHRP) award
    • The Emeritus Human Resources Professional (EHRP) award

    Nominations for the 2018 HRPA Awards of Distinction will be announced at a later date, and are open to HR professionals who exemplify excellence in the field. These awards are a highly prestigious validation of the skill, professionalism, dedication and hard work these professionals have demonstrated in their work. 

    Those of you who are interested in putting your name forward for this exciting opportunity can do so here. 

    https://bit.ly/2MRI9In 

    As always, if you have any questions, either about this opportunity, or anything else, feel free to get in touch with me.

    Until the next update, 

    Justin
  • Results: HRPA Survey on Volunteer On-boarding Experience [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Hello Community, 

    Earlier this Spring, we asked volunteers to complete a survey on their onboarding experience.  The feedback received will shape the way we onboard and orient new volunteers in the future.

    HRPA's volunteers are the backbone of the Association, with over a thousand volunteer opportunities across Ontario, conducting much-needed work on behalf of the Association and the Profession. Quite simply, we would not be able to achieve our mandate without our volunteers. 
     
    Attached is a summary infographic of the survey results for your information. You can also access it by clicking here.

    As always, I welcome any comments you may have. 

    Until the next update, 

    Justin 

    E: jmanuel@hrpa.ca 
    T: 416 - 923 - 2324, ext. 334
  • NOW LIVE: HRPA Cafe - Powered by Ten Thousand Coffees

    Hello Community,

    By now, some of you may have noticed in your inbox an email from our Interim CEO, Gary Monk, letting you know about an exciting new networking platform we have made available to all our members.

    As a member of HRPA, you are part of a community of 23,000 HR professionals looking to connect and share knowledge. We wanted to ensure you have an easy and effective way of connecting, which is why we’re excited about the opportunity to provide you with introductions through the HRPA Cafe - powered by Ten Thousand Coffees.

    HRPA’s Café was launched officially at our annual conference. Since then, our annual conference registrants have participated in 395 networking meet-ups and over 950 unique conversations have taken place!

    We’ve heard from the participants how valuable these introductions have been and I’m delighted to share that we are now opening up registration to all members of HRPA.

    The Cafe will allow you to choose the type of HR professionals that you want to connect with and automatically match you to meet-up for casual coffee chats, in-person or online. You will also have the opportunity to host and attend small group conversations about the topics you care about.

    Claim your invitation here

    It takes less than 3 minutes to join and you can complete your profile using LinkedIn.   

    As always - I welcome any comments or questions you may have! 

    Until the next update. 

    Justin 
    jmanuel@hrpa.ca  
  • External Opportunities & You

    Did you know that you can post external unpaid volunteer board positions on HRPA’s Hire Authority job board for free?

    In an effort to support HRPA members in finding potential board opportunities, we’ve opened up Hire Authority to accept these types of postings at zero cost to you.

    FOR EMPLOYERS: To post a board position, please email ivolunteer@hrpa.ca with the position you would like to post.

    FOR OPPORTUNITY SEEKERS: To set up ‘Job Alerts’ for board positions, first, sign into your JOBSEEKER account with your HRPA members details www.hireauthority.ca. Next, set your ‘job alerts’ by using the keywords ‘Board Position’, ‘Board Member’, and ‘Board Director’.

     As this service is a new offering, there may not be many opportunities yet, but once you set your notifications, you will be automatically informed when a new opportunity is posted.

    Below is a list of other job boards that we have curated for your convenience:  

    -          LinkedIn (set alerts for Board opportunities)
    -          The Government of Ontario Public Appointments Secretariat
    -          Public Appointments to Agencies and Corporation s in the City of Toronto
    -          Charity Village and search for volunteer positions
    -          BoardMatch Fundamentals introduces registered charities and not for  profit organizations to talented, interested and informed individuals from diverse backgrounds
    The Governance Centre of Excellence for Health Care  and not for profit opportunities
  • iVolunteer and How To Enroll

    Hello Community, 

    Being part of the HRPA Volunteer Pool means that you are interested in learning about future volunteer opportunities available through HRPA.

    Check out our Volunteer Opportunities List and consider volunteering for new & existing opportunities!

    Completing you your Volunteer Profile will also help us know what kind of volunteer opportunities you are interested in. You can opt out of receiving future communications about opportunities from your volunteer profile at any time.

    Opting-in is as simple as the click of a button! With one click, you are added to HRPA’s Pool of Volunteers. When opportunities come up, you will be among the first to learn about them.

    Click here to opt-In to the Volunteer Pool!

    ALSO READ: HRPA’s Volunteer Management Plan
  • National Volunteer Week: April 15-21, 2018

    Hello Community! 

    This week is National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. 

    Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return.

    While volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. From opportunities to develop new skills, to find deep and meaningful personal connections - volunteering creates social and economic value for all.

    This National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the contributions of all of our dedicated, passionate and collaborative volunteers! 

    From all of us here at HRPA to you -- 

    THANK YOU! 


  • Doing Our Duty: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Good Morning Community, 

    Something interesting that I wanted to share with you folks today. The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) launched its new whitepaper - Doing Our Duty: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Today.  

    The paper provides eight key recommendations for HR professionals, employers and public institutions on combatting workplace sexual harassment. Key recommendations include:

    - All organizations should adopt a stand-alone sexual harassment and assault policy or revisit their current policy to ensure it is adequate.

    - All organizations should have a policy drafted and implemented by someone who holds a professional human resources designation (CHRP, CHRL, CHRE).

    - Organization leadership should empower HR staff to implement, train and enforce sexual harassment policies within their organization.

    - The Ontario Ministry of Labour should provide free online training to employers and employees to educate further on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.

    For a copy of the report, click here 

    For a nifty Infographic, please click here

    As always, I welcome any comments or questions you may have. 

    Justin

  • REMINDER: 2018 HRPA Member Satisfaction Survey

    Hello & Good Monday Morning Everyone,

    As many of you know, each year, we invite all members and student registrants to let us know how you feel about the Association, about your Chapter, about the profession, and about our programs and services. Your feedback is important – it helps us do a better job as your association. We value that feedback highly, and we’ve made numerous improvements in response to it. You have helped to create many enhancements to your member experience, such as:

    - Free HR Hotline

    - Free mentoring programs

    - More free CPD and chapter events

    - Paid HRPA Edge internships for recent CHRPs

    - Executive Programs, including the CHRO Conference

    - Free Knowledge Bank tools to assist your professional practice and personal development (NEW!)

    - Captioning for all CPD webinars for greater accessibility

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY 
     
    Draw for 20 Free Memberships 

    Survey responses are anonymous, but in appreciation of your participation in this survey, we will hold a draw to win one of 20 free memberships for the 2018-2019 membership year. If you wish to be included in this draw, please provide your contact information at the end of the survey. Please note that it will only be used for determining winners. If you do win and you have already renewed your membership, your fees will be reimbursed. The draw will be held on May 7th. Winners will be contacted by email and announced in a future email newsletter.  

    The survey closes Friday, May 4th, 2018. 

    Thank you in advance for both your time and provided feedback! As always, I welcome any comments or questions you may have.

    Until the next update, 

    Justin

    LINK TO THE SURVEY: https://hrpa.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dahKEH4AWgWsLDT
  • Ribbons Now Visible on User Profiles!

    Hello Community, 

    Exciting news -- the first set of account ribbons have been rolled out! When you're on your profile page, you should notice them right below your profile picture. 

    As you acquire more of these digital ribbons, you'll be to pick which ones you'd like to highlight on your profile page. You can do this under the "My Contributions" tab on your profile. 

    To those of you who already have the Gold Membership ribbon or higher - I'm impressed! You've clearly been busy on here! Rest assured, I and many others are right behind you! 

    As I mentioned in my last update, it is my hope that this new feature will help increase engagement across all of our online communities through incentivizing you to perform various functions on our site. If you have any suggestions on ribbons that should be awarded, please, do feel free to send them my way! 

    Justin
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    Justin Manuel 
    Volunteer Services & Online Communities Specialist 
    E-Mail: jmanuel@hrpa.ca 
    Telephone: 416 - 923 - 2324, ext. 334 


  • Badges & Ribbons Coming to a Profile Near You!

    Hello Community! 

    In the coming weeks, we will be rolling out virtual achievements to our users. Some of you may have already received an email from me, letting you know that you earned one of these virtual awards. 

    It is my hope that this will help increase engagement across all of our online communities through incentivizing you to perform various functions on our site. 

    So, like a Girl Guide's / Boy Scout's sash, look forward to having a bunch of badges you can show off to all your friends in the not-too-distant future! 

    If you have any questions about these, or, if you have a suggestion or two about badges we can implement, let me know!

    Until the next update. 

    Justin
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    Justin Manuel 
    Volunteer Services & Online Communities Specialist 
    E-Mail: jmanuel@hrpa.ca 
    Telephone: 416 - 923 - 2324, ext. 334