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Meet the Team: Maddie Coombes

As a consultancy for all things people and culture, part of ethree’s offerings include operational HR support. Whether you’re looking for help with recruitment, onboarding, retention, performance management, policy development or review, legal nuances related to HR, ethree can step in as your HR team or be an extension to your existing one to offer extra help during busy times.

Less than a year ago, we welcomed Maddie Coombes to our team as a consultant to help with these areas plus more. In the second edition of our Meet the Team: 20 Questions blog series, get to know Maddie, ethree’s HR consultant. With a background in HR and a current CPHR candidate, Maddie  brings experience in many areas of Human Resources such as, employment relations, recruitment and retention, policy and procedure development and personnel administration. She is passionate about helping organizations with their most trusted resources, the people, innovating the space and paving the way for positive change in equal opportunity.   

  1. Morning or night?

  2. What bends your mind every time you think about it?
    Climate Change and the impacts we are seeing each year

  3. Name one thing you love about your job
    The people – building relationships 

  4. Name one challenge you didn’t expect in your chosen career path
    To “not take work home with you.” When you are a HR professional you are ingrained in everything people. You are there for their wins, but also there for them when they are facing challenges (professionally, personally, and likely everything in between). I always found I am strong and being able to empathize with people while separating it from my personal life. However, that isn’t always the case and is something I have to work on every day.

  5. Name your favourite part about helping other organizations unlock the potential of their people?
    Seeing their success. Watching them meet and exceed their goals and knowing the impact and value I was able to add.

  6. One quote you live by
    [this one is hard… I don’t have just one haha]
    – We learn from our mistakes / If you’re not failing you’re not trying
    – Everything happens for a reason

  7. Something new you’d like to learn this year
    How to practice mindfulness / meditate 

  8. Something most people don’t know about you
    I have a liver (brown) spotted dalmatian – Nessie! I lived in Scotland for a year, hence the name.

  9. Name a bad habit of yours
    Overthinking (or using a tanning bed …) 

  10. Who inspires you?
    My parents

  11. What are you currently watching?
    Winning Time and any new true crime series or documentary

  12. What is the best meal you’ve ever had?

    My palette is continuously evolving so it’s hard to just choose one but I am going to say steak frites at L’Entrecôte in Bordeaux, France.

  13. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go? Maldives 

  14. What is your favourite family tradition? Any Christmas family gathering 

  15. How do you recharge? There are a lot of ways I like to recharge but the main one is ensuring I take vacation and fully disconnect, whether that’s traveling somewhere new and exciting or just spending time at the cabin or exploring all that our province has to offer. For the day-to-day recharge, I make time for myself through exercise, walking the dog and spending time with family and friends.

  16. What characteristic do you most admire in others?
    Selflessness or Kindness 

  17. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? Cleaning the house

  18. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Bali, Indonesia 

  19. There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types? Those who make their bed in the morning and those who don’t 

  20. If you could give one piece of advice about working on the “tough people stuff” what would it be? Hold onto good intention

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