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Monday, March 13, 2017

Should I pursue the CHRP or CPHR?

If you are, or will soon be, a recent grad in the HR field you are probably facing a lot of confusion around the HR designation.

You have likely heard of both the CHRP and CPHR.

While the acronyms are similar, the governing bodies behind them definitely are not.

In short, the CHRP (and CHRE and CHRL) are property of the HRPA.  The CPHR on the other hand is property of the CCHRA

In a brief history, the HRPA used to be called HRPAO (formerly Ontario's governing HR body) and were a member of the CCHRA up until only a few years ago - click here for more of a back story

Just over 6 years ago, I made the decision to leave the HRPA(O) and am still grateful that I did.  Now that the HRPA(O) has left the CCHRA they are actively pursuing members from other provinces - which I guess they are allowed to do.

My thoughts are this, I am a member of a provincial association outside of my residency because I strongly believe in national unity and trying to get national alignment in the HR field through a common framework amongst the provinces - in my opinion a national body like the CCHRA can make this happen more amicably.

Does amicable sound like what the HRPA has done?

-They dropped the (O)... I guess hoping to appear more national
-They left the CCHRA
-They are now trying to steal membership from other provinces they were once aligned with

In short, I continue to vote with my membership dollars and would encourage every HR Professional in Canada to do this as well.  I am not telling you what to vote for, just simply what your vote represents.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

If You Don't Believe Your Country...

...Should come before yourself, you can better serve your country by living somewhere else!

How punk rock is that?

In attitude, 100%!

It is a song by Canadian music legend/icon/rebel Stompin' Tom Connors, that you can check out by clicking anywhere on this sentence.

Stompin' Tom passed away yesterday at the age of 77.

He was born Thomas Charles Connors in Saint John New Brunswick on February 9th 1936 and raised by foster parents in Skinners Pond,  P.E.I.

Years ago, my family and I visited his school house in Skinners Pond and I still remember the pair of black boots on the monument outside this simple, one-room white school house in the middle of about nowhere; humble beginnings to say the least.

I also had the opportunity to see him twice in concert - a true entertainer until the very end... It's hard to go anywhere in Canada without a song or two coming into your head.

In fact, I think the Capitals Song is the reason I passed grade 3 geography.

He was a great teacher, but his upbringing definitely fostered a rebel and a great punk attitude... The best example going back to 1979 whe he returned all 6 of his Juno awards out of protest against the Americanization of the Canadian Music Industry.

So who better to get into the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Award?

I could go on and on about what his music and attitude has done for this country, but in short: Mr. Connors, Canada is better for having you and your music will live on for generations!