Erica Paradis

Human Resources Manager
Catholic Centre for Immigrants
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Location Now
Education Pathway

Outside of work I

I enjoy playing board games and video games. I like to read, particularly Scandinavian crime thrillers. I also like to play piano, paint, cross-stitch, and make models.

Outside of work I
My career path is

My history degree helped me find a job at a non-profit organization. I researched and wrote wellness articles while there. It helped me to gain transferable non-profit experience. I also worked in an organization developing human resources tools for non-profits. This is where I found my love of HR. I completed my HR certificate online part-time while working in a support role at a women's shelter. Check my LinkedIn profile for more information on my career path.

My career path is
My advice to others

Find ways to practice your skills. Consider requesting an unpaid leave of absence to take short-term contracts to gain HR experience.

My advice to others

About me

I was born/grew up in: Hamilton, ON

I now live in: Ottawa, ON

I completed my training/education at:  I have an Honours B.A. in History from McMaster University. I also have a certificate in Human Resources Management from Algonquin College

About me

I am motivated by

I love the amount of problem solving I get to do. Someone comes to me with a problem, and I find interesting ways to solve it and make everyone happy! I like working on budgets. Everything needs to add up so you know when you've found the right solution. I love my career because I get to use my love of business while helping people. I don't know much about providing settlement services, but I know I'm helping to deliver them by helping the staff at CCI.

I am motivated by
How I affect people's livesI love that my job means I spend a lot of time finding new ways to support the employees in my organization. I look for ways to help them make the most of their benefits program. I also get to find ways to make sure we compensate our employees in the best way possible.
How I affect people's lives
What I do at work

I am the HR (human resources) manager for the Catholic Centre for Immigrants. In this role, I provide HR support for about 120 employees. That includes hiring and interviewing, as well as reviewing timesheets. I also write policies, develop compensation strategies, and provide strategic support. I make sure our organizational policies and compensation are in line with other similar organizations. I also make sure that we are following relevant legislation. I use math a lot to budget for activities and determine compensation.

When I make decisions, I consider all the factors before I make a decision. I work as a team in almost every task I perform. To be successful in my job, I need to collaborate with every person in the organization. I need to know what staff need to do their jobs well. I try to find creative ways to provide what they need so they succeed in delivering the organization's mission.

What I do at work
When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • History
  • Business & Economics
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Brought people together
  • Liked helping people
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Was motivated by success
  • Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
  • Liked reading
  • Played video games
  • Was really creative
  • Always threw the best parties
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Wasn't sure what I wanted to do

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