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BCSIS Human Resources Capacity Virtual Roundtable Staff Compensation and Retention

February 14 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Settlement service provider organizations are experiencing challenges in human resources capacity building, including staff recruitment, retention, career progression, leadership development, sector compensation levels and well-being at work.  This Roundtable series will delve into topics that service providers have indicated are key issues.
What comes first? Compensation or Retention 
Within every organization there is a need to review and consider your compensation philosophy and competitiveness to ensure that you have what you need to compensate employees for their work. But employees are looking for more than just an income. They are also looking for meaning, attachment to the bigger picture, and a workplace that aligns with their values. These are all elements of a great retention strategy. So, what comes first? The money or the meaning? 
All BCSIS service provider organizational leaders who have responsibility for managing human resources as a component of their role are welcome to join us for a virtual Roundtable discussion with HR experts Denise Lloyd and Leslie Liggett of Engaged HR on how to create a great place to work that rewards employees with both.
Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Time:1:30p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST
Participants:AllBCSIS service provider organizational leaders who have responsibility for managing human resources as a part or all of their role
Location: Zoom Webinar – Event details will be emailed immediately after registration
Denise Lloyd, CEO, Engaged HR 
Denise Lloyd is the Founder and CEO of Engaged HR, an award-winning, Victoria based human resource consulting firm that provides leading-edge HR services to organizations across Canada. Denise is a leader that brings new ideas and innovation to the way HR contributes to an organization and is known for creating great places to work. Denise has extensive experience in a variety of non-profit, small business, and corporate settings with over 25 years of senior leadership experience including over 10 years of experience in the role of Executive Director within the employment training and not-for-profit sector. Denise has a Master of Arts in Leadership, is a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor, and holds the prestigious designation of Fellow Chartered Human Resources Professional (FCPHR).
Leslie Liggett, Senior People & Culture Partner, Engaged HR
As Senior People and Culture Partner, Leslie Liggett delivers comprehensive HR services with warmth, insight, and a high level of trust. From providing strategic-level services to helping clients manage change and navigate tricky terminations, Leslie helps solve complex people issues within organizations of all shapes and sizes. Her 20+ years of experience equips her with knowledge and expertise that addresses every element of the employee life cycle and she has experience with private, not-for-profit, and federally regulated small- to medium-sized companies, as well as First Nations organizations. Leslie has a Master of Arts and is a Chartered Human Resources Professional (CPHR).
Send an email to Lori Cameron at


February 14
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm



Ongoing Community Events/Programs

YWCA Afghan Women’s Employment 
YWCA Metro Vancouver
January 2022 – Ongoing Intake

YWCA Single Mothers’ Support Groups
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
September 2022 onwards

Douglas College

Youth Employment Support Service (YES²) Program
Progressive Intercultural Community Services

Job Search & Personal Development Workshops For Newcomers With Disabilities
Progressive Intercultural Community Services

Employment Support for Youth Newcomers
Progressive Intercultural Community Services

H.E.A.L Employment Program
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

E-Connect for Temporary Foreign Workers in BC

S.A.H.A.R.A Program
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

LEADS Program
WorkBC Vancouver Midtown

12 Steps Addiction Recovery
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Thursdays- Online

Women Self-Defense
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Fridays 9:30 – 11:30 am

Addiction & Mental Health Recovery
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Sundays 7:30 pm

ASPIRE Toastmasters Club
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Tuesdays 7 pm

Daily Food Distribution
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Everyday 5:30 pm

Saturday Youth Leadership Program
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
Saturdays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm