Antonietta Marro recently joined the Old Brewery Mission as Director of Human Resources.
To get to know her better, we asked her a few questions.
Antonietta, can you tell us more about your career path?
Basically, I am an employment lawyer with a law degree. I worked in a law firm, and I also held a position as an employment lawyer in a company.
I was then recruited to work in the field of labour relations, which was my first contact with human resources.
Since then, I have worked my way up to HR Manager positions in union and non-union companies in a variety of industries including ambulance services, unions, banks and senior living facilities.
Why did you want to join the Old Brewery Mission?
Homelessness is a cause that is very close to my heart and one that I feel is a priority in our society. I started to get involved as a volunteer without knowing that I would later become involved professionally.
This allows me to combine my civic commitment with my professional skills.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?
I am particularly proud of having implemented a post-traumatic stress disorder prevention program for ambulance personnel. It was important to educate employees on the importance of maintaining good mental health and provide them with the tools to prevent trauma. This experience has allowed me to raise awareness of mental health issues with other employees and to find ways to help them while still allowing them to perform their duties.
What are your first impressions since joining the Old Brewery Mission?
I am very pleased to be working with a dedicated and committed HR team, as well as a management committee and staff that have a strong sense of ownership of the organization. The employees are determined and it shows their commitment to the mission.
What are your long-term goals?
I am currently immersing myself in the reality of the Old Brewery Mission and working with the team to identify HR needs and goals. I want to enhance the staff experience and develop their skills, while taking the time to build a solid foundation step by step.
Finally, what is your favorite saying?
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
This saying is a little nod to my Italian roots. It means that it is with perseverance and time that the greatest works are achieved.
Everything must be built gradually, one brick at a time.