HR LeadersTalk: Tracey Arnish, CPHR

Drew Railton, CPHR is a managing partner in our Western Canada offices. He has an ongoing interview series in PeopleTalk, the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon’s quarterly magazine. 

Tracey Arnish, CPHR is the chief people officer with Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.  Coast is the largest credit union by members in Canada has 1,600 employees serving the financial well-being of 532,000 members through 52 branches in BC.  A purpose driven organization, they have also recently embarked upon a path of national expansion taking their desire to empower their members in achieving financial wellbeing and supporting communities from coast to coast.

Why did you choose HR or how did it choose you?
I fell into HR following the stereotypical thought, “I am good with people.”  As a good relationship builder, I was interested in HR programs at university and it seemed like natural path to follow.  I found the reality and key to success to be less about the fact that I am good with people, and more that I understand business and can see the big picture across the organization—then marry that with “What does this mean we need in/from people?”

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