The City of Thunder Bay's monthly Employee Spotlight shares the unique stories of people working behind the scenes delivering programs and services for the residents of Thunder Bay. We recognize and celebrate our employees and invite you to get to know them.


Feature employee spotlight: Monika Tomar

Monika Tomar - City of Thunder Bay

Monika Tomar has a very dynamic job – but her days begin with a relatively simple routine. “My typical work day starts with checking the corporate training registration database, posting and organizing new learning sessions, and supporting e-learning logistics and requirements.”

Monika, the City’s new Learning and Development Consultant, started work in this position in July of this year. She had previously been employed by the City as part of the Talent Acquisition team, and she has also had interesting jobs in many countries and workplace settings including manufacturing, banking and consulting. Much of her work over the past 10 years has focussed on human resources, including analytics, workforce management, and overseeing employee learning & development programs.

“My keen ability to connect with others, building strong and lasting relationships, has been paramount to my success throughout my career,” said Monika. “My experiences and education all together have prepared me for what I am doing today.”

There is a lot more to being a Learning and Development Consultant than developing training programs and making sure employees and supervisors are aware of training opportunities. “My strong focus is to streamline the various learning processes and identify the opportunity for learning system enhancement,” said Monika.

“Apart from simply promoting corporate training opportunities, my main responsibilities include providing day-to day consultation to all levels of City staff, performing regular training audits, interacting closely with the leadership team to create training strategies for their work areas, and supporting departments to ensure all learning activities are delivered to the required standard. I also coordinate the recognition program for our annual retirees, and the long-service employees’ virtual banquet.”

“The best part of my job,” said Monika, “is working with diverse groups of employees with different personalities and talents. I am a strong believer in life-long learning. I strive to do what it takes to make things happen, to acknowledge people and help them grow. I am truly enjoying working in a team where everyone is super-supportive and takes an extra step to make you feel important.”

And for fun? “Outside of my work I love to travel and explore new places.”

 

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