Team Member Spotlight: Julie Morris

Julie Morris is an HR-professional with a passion for helping individuals and businesses achieve extraordinary results. She started her career in Human Resources at Whistler-Blackcomb where she was involved in large volume recruiting and training. As a consultant, Julie has had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies on exciting projects, the successes of which are fuelled by the collective energy of the employees.

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PH: A holistic approach

This year Project House is turning four, and we have been getting ready for our next business phase.  After partnering with more than 65 clients, designing and delivering countless projects and solutions, and onboarding over 40 PH team members, we wanted to take stock of what we’ve built so far and where we want to focus next.    

Following our own advice, we enlisted some extra muscle from an energetic and empathetic business coaching team.  Together we have spent the summer diving into our project stories, mining our business data, brainstorming creative ideas, and answering tough questions about what drives our business and inspires us. We have enjoyed highlighting which services give us the best opportunity to thrive and provide value, as well as reminding ourselves what makes PH so unique.   

We are proud of being a part of a business community that acknowledges the considerable impact that happy, motivated, healthy, and comfortable employees have on productivity, retention, achievement, and financial success.  

What we’ve discovered is that we are drawn to ensuring our clients are successfully empowered with effective and practical solutions: 

  • Sustainable and positive management practices and systems to engage people better 
  • Beautiful and practical spaces where individuals and teams can thrive 
  • Tools and facilitation to maximize employee strengths and talents 
  • Strategy to align brand and culture across key business areas. 

This isn’t a wholesale change from what we’ve been doing, but at the same time it feels like a shift into a holistic approach where all of our experience, skills, and values click into place.  What does Project House do?  We help leaders create productive and engaging workplaces. 

We are excited by our ability to combine best practices, tried and true solutions, creative ideas, and industry innovations into achievable and customized solutions. 

You will start to see this focus in our branding, in the work we take on, and in the types of workshops we provide.  And as always we welcome your feedback, questions, encouragement, and referrals!   

Next up?  Crystal and I are heading to Amsterdam, where we will participate in the Smart Workplace Design Summit, a conference that celebrates the powerful combination of HR and Workspace best practices.  This is a perfect fit for Project House, as it aligns exactly with our design and solution-focused business model.  We can’t wait to tour innovative offices and exchange ideas with a range of speakers from across Europe, and come home inspired! 

Stay tuned for more, and as always, THANK YOU for being part of our business journey.   

PH Team Member Spotlight: Cheryl McMillan

Cheryl is one of Project House’s talented designers, focused on furniture and interior design.  Cheryl graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Design, and has worked on many architectural and design teams since then. It has always been Cheryl’s personal mission to provide dynamic and creative spaces that ‘work’.

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PH Team Member Spotlight: Sandi Callender

Sandi is Project House’s Engagement Manager.  Her many responsibilities include welcoming and onboarding new clients, training new team members, tracking all of our projects, and keeping on top of monthly commitments and events.  Sandi joined our team in March 2015 and she has been instrumental in helping us keep the trains running on time ever since!
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The Story of The Baker

A story we often tell when we get asked what Project House is all about, is one about a Baker who loves to bake pies.  We’ll call him The Baker.  The Baker made pies all of the time.  His pies were well-loved by his family, who demanded pies for every conceivable occasion.  His pies were delicious and better than anything available in a shop.  Over time,  The Baker started making pies for his kids’ fundraising events, for his friends and their friends, and before he knew it, his pies were in such high demand that he had a business on his hands and he needed to hire some helpers and find a community kitchen space several days a week just to keep up with the orders.

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PH Team Member Spotlight: Kimberly Burke

Kim is Project House’s talented in-house graphic designer.  She joined our team in March 2015, and she has worked on a range of internal and client projects, including logos, social media banners, templates, window decals, website graphics, and customized stationery.

A native of Calgary, Kimberly ventured to “rainy” Vancouver looking for a career that would keep her right brain busy. After being mentored by a graphic designer while working at an art centre, Kimberly realized this was her dream job, and did what she could to make it a reality. She studied at Visual College of Art and Design where she designed media ranging from wine tags to websites. Even in prior roles in the service industry, Kimberly’s employers tapped into her innate illustration skills to help them create promotional material. And now that’s just part of what she gets to do with the awesome team at Project House!

Best advice from mom: Find a man that treats his mother well.

In my spare time I draw silly cartoons to get a laugh from friends.

I am inspired by going for walks along the seawall; it allows me lots of time to think, and the people watching is great.

Get Inspired by some of Kim’s work here. Find Our Story and read other Project House Team Member bios here.

 

PH Team Member Spotlight: Christina Shorthouse

Christina got her first byline in high school, writing a monthly column for the esteemed Manotick Messenger. Since then, she’s been creating copy for everything from newsletters, annual reports, and websites to parenting magazines and frozen lasagna packaging. A self-described bookworm and grammar nerd, Christina translated her degree in English Literature into a viable career through additional professional writing and editing courses. As an account manager in both advertising and public relations firms, she worked with senior level staff to develop media and communications plans and a variety of publications. She later moved in-house to work as a Communications Specialist at Children’s & Women’s Health Centre and Manager of Communications for BC Women’s Hospital Foundation.

 

After her children were born, Christina became an independent communications consultant, working on projects in the hospitality and not-for-profit sectors. Her four-year volunteer labour of love resulted in one of the Vancouver School Board’s first Outdoor Classrooms. When not walking her dog or hanging out with her family, Christina might be spotted stand up paddle boarding, Nordic skiing, playing the flute, or scouting kitchen stores for the latest gadget.

 

Best advice from mom: 1. Always give back to your community. 2. Yellow and purple only go together at Easter.

 

Chris delivers copywriting services to Project House clients, and has helped Project House with internal projects, including Our Story on the PH website.

 

Please reach out to us at hello@projecthouse.ca if you need some support with writing for your website, marketing materials, or professional bio.

 

For Our Story and to read other Project House Team Member bios, please click here.