New association provides unified voice for HR in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals emerges from the ashes of province’s local organizations
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/11/2005

Lynda Murray remembers how terrified she was when members of Saskatchewan’s four human resources associations voted unanimously to dissolve their existing groups and form a new provincial HR association.

“Yvette (Battistolo) and I sat there after and said: ‘My goodness, what have we done? We’ve blown the place up,’” says Murray, a professional HR consultant and president of the newly formed Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals (SAHRP). “We’ve had to take everything that we had in pieces all over the province and recreate it all into one organization.”

On June 3 the Canadian Council of Human Resource Associations (CCHRA) recognized SAHRP as the province’s CCHRA member and the CHRP granting body. SAHRP replaced the former umbrella organization, the Saskatchewan Council of Human Resource Associations (SCHRA), as well as the four local associations — Regina’s Human Resource Management Association, Saskatoon Human Resource Association and both Saskatchewan Training and Development Associations (STDA Regina and STDA Saskatoon).