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New positions focus on leadership and change
Marcia Porter
(L-R)Emily Wooley and Kim Blanchard

The Department of Human Resources (HR) recently announced it has filled two new key leadership positions stemming from its operational review. These positions were made possible by realigning funding from some recent vacancies in the department to address areas of priority.

Emily Wooley, the new manager of HR strategy, policy, planning and initiatives is a familiar face to the university community. She was manager of human resources in the Faculty of Medicine and has also worked in HR advisory services, recruitment, job evaluation and compensation.

 Emily has her masters in employment relations (MER) with a focus in adult education and organizational theory as well as a bachelor of commerce, both from Memorial.

Kimberly Blanchard steps into her role as manager of HR client and advisory services. Kimberly was regional manager of human resources client services with Eastern Health and project leader for Eastern Health’s HR transformation project. Kimberly has a master of business administration and a bachelor of commerce (co-op), both from Memorial.

As manager of HR strategy, policy and planning, Emily will focus on ensuring that Memorial has a vibrant and sustainable workforce, looking at how the university can position employees for present and future success.

“I love being part of the Memorial team and working with such dedicated and excellent individuals,” says Emily. “The environment here and the opportunities to grow and learn are amazing. I’m looking forward to developing initiatives that will enable success for our clients and the university.”

Kim is new to Memorial, but as an alumna is excited about returning to work at the university.

“This is an exciting time to join the human resources team at Memorial,” says Kim.  “I am looking forward to working collaboratively with all faculties and departments, learning about their individual HR needs and finding solutions that will sustain and grow employee engagement at all levels.”

Kim will oversee the operational and transactional services provided by HR, including the role of the advisory teams and lead development of the department’s new service-centre model.


Sep 23rd, 2012

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