The Hidden Gem!
By Sarah-Jane Rutherford
Moving from the Emerald Isle (Northern Ireland) to the outskirts of Hawkesbury (Vankleek Hill) has been life changing in every aspect: Culture, lifestyle and personal well being! In 6 years, I married a wonderful Canadian, had a beautiful daughter and fur babies to go along. To top off these accomplishments, I have found my Dream job: Wow! Lucky Right?
Over the last ten years I have worked in the corporate world and for smaller quirky businesses. Each role has given me so much through professional development, friendship and a few grey hairs! Would I change this? No, it has shown me what I want from my career.
Last year a good friend of mine and former Tulmar employee reached out to say Tulmar was searching for a HR Manager. At first, I said “I’m ok”. She persisted and said, “You need to meet this company, trust me”. This statement really made me think and I said yes. The interview process started and I was interviewed by my current boss and the former HR Manager. I had the opportunity to have a plant tour and sit-down conversation with the former President of Tulmar Safety Systems. This was my opportunity to interview Tulmar as well. After all, I wanted to ensure our values were aligned, to understand the Culture, what is going well and areas of improvement from a HR perspective. It all was music to my ears! Everything that I wanted to hear was being said. At that moment, I knew this was the “Home” I was looking for! Soon after this I started on my first day: March 4, 2019!
Tulmar Safety Systems is the hidden gem of Hawkesbury. We design and manufacture safety products for Military, Aviation and Civil Safety industries! We have Engineering, Quality, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Procurement, Repair and Overhaul, Production, Radio Frequency welding, Adhesives to name some departments! What makes us so special, aside from our products, is our people. The luxury of being a medium size company is that you are not a number, but a name. You can voice your opinion, receive recognition and provide vital input to the success of our company. We have an owner who knows all his employees by name and visits all departments when in the office. This is a lost art as we can get engrossed behind a screen.
We have FUN… yes Fun! We see each other more than our family so its important that we laugh together! Every long weekend we take the opportunity to strike up the BBQ and have a good old yarn (conversation) together. When I ask employees what they enjoy most about Tulmar I often hear terms like; comradery, proud of our products, belief in what we produce, hours of work, development, teamwork, challenges and being valued. The list could go on…
In October we won a jury award through Prescott and Russell. This award is very special as it looks at all aspects of our company: Employees, Development, Technology, Diversity of our company to the changing business work and environmentally. We took first place out of 12 companies!
You can see what I am getting at, this blog isn’t a sales pitch. I am emphasizing that in the fast world we live in, hidden gem companies still exist! When I reflect on my year at Tulmar, I feel appreciated, challenged, have work life balance and development. Maybe it was the luck of the Irish…. no this is Tulmar Safety Systems!
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