• Meet your Community Moderators!

    Hello Community, 

    I am pleased to introduce to you all our Community Moderators for HRPA's Online Communities. 

    @Carol Ann Samhaber, CHRP, CHRL
    @Catherine Claridge, CHRP, CHRL
    @Jacqueline Aldred, CHRP, CHRL
    @Michael Dimaano, CHRP, CHRL
    @Karen Ball, CHRP
    @Trevor Stewart

    Many of you may have already seen them in the discussion threads. Their names should be familar to many of you. You will be able to easily spot them out on our discussion threads with the pink badges they have under their names.

    Our Community Moderators will help facilitate knowledge sharing within our community, ensuring all of our members benefit and derive value from their participation. The Moderators will ensure that all communications and content in the community are appropriate.

    At a glance, the Community Moderator will be responsible for:

    • Moderating discussion posts, comments, messages, and files
    • Sharing engaging, relevant and useful information to the community
    • Encouraging members to post and comment on each other’s posts
    • Setting an example by their activity in the community
    • Keeping discussions focused, spam-free, and non-controversial
    • Establishing the community as a reliable source of information and a forum for transparent discussions

    As our online community continues to grow, and new groups are created, we will look to expand this team, so be on the lookout for future postings!  In the meantime, do feel free to reach out to any of us with any feedback, concerns or questions you may have. 

    We look forward to seeing you all in the discussion threads! 

  • The Road Ahead - HRPA Online Communities Update

    Good Monday Morning, Community. 

    As we approach the end of Q2, I wanted to share with you all a quick snapshot of some of the updates you can expect to be rolled out soon. They are: 

    • A new community thread type: Question & Answers 
    • Modernization of the Commuity Library 
    • Enhancements to the user messaging experience 
    • A whole host of under-the-hood, quality of life improvements in the backend 

    Looking forward to having these implemented for you all. As always, if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. 

    Have a great day!

  • HRPA Plans Amidst the New COVID-19 Realities

    Hello Community,

    Today, the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) released the results of its second COVID-19 member survey. Representing dozens of sectors and industries, 1,127 respondents revealed that HR professionals are actively planning return to work and the majority said they anticipate significant change throughout the workplace. Respondents confirm the first wave of employees returning to work is happening fast with the majority of organizations starting the process within the next three months.

    Looking at return to work trends in Ontario, HR professionals shared the following:

    • 86% have started to plan for employees to return to work
    • 89% plan to recall employees who were temporarily laid off as a result of COVID-19
    • 53% expect to have all of their employees back in the primary workplace within six months
    • 38% of workplaces are planning permanent restructuring as a result of COVID-19

    Louise Taylor Green, CEO, HRPA said, “HR professionals have been front and center in supporting their workplaces and employees through the most significant workforce disruption in modern times. Workplaces will fundamentally change and the ‘new normal’ will require a total reset in HR practices and policies.”

    Of respondents, 81% have been very involved in their organization’s return to work planning process.  This includes physical changes to the workspace, new infection prevention and control measures, changes to shift schedules and hours of work, along with increased supports for mental health, and toolkits and resources for leaders who now oversee remote teams and are leading people through enormous change.

    “The velocity and complexity of change for those in a leadership role is unprecedented.  This period of change has been a remarkable demonstration of professionalism and the value HR professionals bring to organizations.”  

    “We see that HR professionals have enabled their organizations to adopt a fundamental mind shift in terms of the viability of remote work, even as teams navigate some major challenges. An astounding 70% of respondents report their perceptions of remote work have changed since the pandemic,”  Taylor Green continued.

    Key Takeaways: 

    Change will be the new normal: 38% of organizations plan permanent restructuring, including changes to their business model, organizational structure, policies, new workflows, reduction of physical workspaces, downsizing, and the ways people interact. 

    --Crises spurs creativity: Respondents contributed many examples for how their organization leveraged their values as a means of retaining and engaging staff and also looking to the future.  Experimentation and agile change have become the new normal with heightened corporate social responsibility actions.

    --The 9-to-5 norm is radically changing: A wide array of programs are being put in place including modified work schedules: 25%; flex time: 19%; and rotating shifts: 18%.

    --Relationships within unionized workplaces remain stable: For unionized workplaces (31% of total respondents), only 16% found an increase of grievances. Perception of relationships with labour-management has stayed the same (64% positive relationship before COVID-19 and 62% positive currently).

    --Work from home is here to stay: 81% of organizations are planning to permanently retain or expand remote working options.

    --Supporting working families is a priority: 76% of organizations are planning to make special arrangements to assist their employees as schools and child-care centres remain closed and summer camps are not available.

    --Strict health and safety measures are expected: For 80% of organizations, sign-off will be required on any new and/or updated policies or procedures related to health, safety, or hygiene in the workplace prior to returning to work.  Nearly all, 95%, plan to implement or expand the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees but the ways in which this need is being met varies. Of these, 91% are prepared to discipline employees for failing to comply.

    --Business travel is on hold: 85% of respondents confirm changes to policy and approach to business travel will be in effect, including travel of any kind is postponed indefinitely or, if travel is permitted, it requires approval required from Executives.

    Complete survey results are available in the All User Forum Library.

  • Online Community Maintenance - 05/29/2020

    Hello Community, 

    Higher Logic will be performing scheduled maintenance to our Online Community on Friday, May 29 from 11 PM ET to 3 AM ET.

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



  • Scheduled Network Maintence for MentorCity

    Hello Community, 

    Please be advised that our provider will be performing a scheduled network maintenance during the following date and times:

    From: Friday April 30, 2020 - 06:00 EDT
    To: Friday April 30, 2020 - 07:00 EDT

    The maintenance is necessary to replace one of their edge routers which will increase their network resiliency and capacity.

    This maintenance is SERVICE IMPACTING and you may experience up to 30 minutes of downtime. 

    Thank you for both your patience and understanding.

  • Community Maintenance - 02/21/2020

    Hello Community, 

    We will be performing scheduled maintenance to  on Friday, February 21 from 11 PM ET to 3 AM ET.

    Although you may anticipate a brief downtime during the maintenance window, your site will not be down during the entire allotted time frame.  

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

  • Chapter Teleconference Lines & Calendars added to your communities!

    Good Morning Community,

    I happy to announce that, based on your feedback, your Chapter Board's will now have easy access to their teleconference information along the top right hand side of their community. This will be located within the list of other helpful resources, such as the Speaker's Bureau and our other online services.

    In addition to that, we have also enabled a calendar widget in the events tab for each community, allowing you to see, at a glance, where all your events are scheduled.

    As always, if you have any feedback or questions, I would love to hear them.

    Until the next update!

  • Our Next Quarterly Training Webinar for iVolunteer

    Hello community,

    I am pleased to confirm with you all the details of our next iVolunteer training session.

    Please join me on Friday, December 13th from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

    To join the meeting, click on the following link:


    • Brief overview of what iVolunteer is
    • Getting started
    • Communities 
      • What they are
      • Joining and viewing your communities
      • Creating entries in your communities (events, library entries, discussion posts, etc)
    • Volunteer Opportunities 
      • Creating an opportunity
      • Viewing and applying for opportunities 
    • Your Settings 
      • Community Subscriptions (notifications)
      • Direct Messaging
      • Your Personal Profile page
    • Q & A / Demo of other features as requested 

    If you have any questions or comments leading up to this webinar, I would love to hear/read them! Feel free to reach out to me either by phone at 416-923-2324, or email, at