Masters oF Arts Degree, Bachelor of Commerce, Honours in Business Economics
Commoneo Curatio - To Remember Healing Belinda Fernandez Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRP, CHRL) BComm including Honours (Human Resources; Business Economics) Master of Arts (Ministry and Spirituality) Post Graduate Diplomas in Spiritual Direction, Human Resources Management Heart Mind Soul Integrity Self Respect Dignity
The name of my website has been chosen to reflect healing through remembering and the holistic focus of my work. I provide HR Consulting, Project Management and Administrative services utilizing research skills, problem solving and applying my HR skills to meet client deliverables.
I grew up in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), and experienced the effects of racism in communities. with the resulting two tier system it brought where opportunities, access to networks that can open doors and promotions, and where education based on a class system affected and continues to affect visible minorities. As a woman and immigrant to Canada, I see the continuing effects of the result of racism in society and the discrimination that affects generations to come including opportunities to financial stability, quality healthcare, management jobs and opportunities for advancement. Prior to immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker from the UK, I researched the requirements to work as an HR professional and was interviewed to be accepted into Rotman School of Management to complete the Advanced Program in HR, as my experience was gained outside of Canada. On completion of the program, I earned the Certified HR professional (CHRP) designation, demonstrating that the application of HR practices at the international level can be applied in Canada, as all testing was done on a consulting based methodology, similar to that taught in South Africa.
My career has spanned Zimbabwe, South Africa, the UK and North America in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Organizations I have worked at providing Administration, Project Management and HR support and leadership include: Baker & McKenzie Banking - Schroders, Nomura, TD, CIBC, HSBC Education - Branksome Hall, University of Toronto, Regis College Consulting - Hugesson Consulting, AON Hewitt Real Estate Management - Bovis Lend Lease, Ivanhoe Cambridge Healthcare - Toronto Western Hospital Camp Echo Lake - USA
Spiritual Direction is offered as a ministry within the Roman Catholic Tradition. I offer facilitation within this ministry focusing on integrating faith, justice and help individuals on their journeys with Finding God In All Things, in the tradition of St. Ignatius and Regis College where I graduated from. I volunteer through diverse platforms encompassing working with HR professionals, children, the vulnerable and marginalized. Healing brings wholeness, prosperity and joy including living with pain, grief and unanswered questions yet still enjoying life.
Volunteer work has included:
Representative - University of Witwatersrand for Wits in Canada
HRPA - Mentoring, Trade Shows, Law Conference support 2003 to present
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Toronto - lector and community leader, children's liturgy work, out of the cold
St Michael's Hospital - volunteer in the Medical Surgery and Cardio ICU lounge
Board of Directors - Greenest City, attaining accreditation and Chairing Governance - 2012 to 2014
Experience with Fundraising and event planning - TD Holiday Wishes, United Way, BMO Kids Help Line
Speaker - Nelson Mandela Children's Fund of Canada
Speech writing in commemoration on the death of President Nelson Mandela presented at the University of Toronto
Education: A unique foundation focused on Human Resources, Business Economics and the Arts. I completed my high school O and A levels in Zimbabwe, based on the Cambridge system, and went on to higher education in South Africa and Canada. I attained my certification as an HR professional in 2006 and a Masters in Theology through Regis College, University of Toronto in 2011 studying part time over a 7 year period. I hold my certification as a Human Resources Leader as an accomplishment in 2015. I am Covenor and Representative for the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa in Canada and am proud to represent my university Alumni in Canada. The aim of our group is to bring Alunmi together for business networking, building strong relationships with other Alumni now living in Canada and helping professionals now living in Canada with integration into the community in Canada, as well as raise awareness on education at the University in South Africa and matters affecting Southern Africa. Donors and business partners interested in learning more about educational sponsorship opportunities, and partnership building for Wits University are welcome to contact me for further information or visit https://www.wits.ac.za/; please let Wits know you heard about the site from my website.
The truth is like the sun, you can shut it out for a while but it ain't going away.