HR Coordinator has the human touch

March 24, 2016 - Campbell River, B.C.

By Gina Forsyth

Shylo Loock is half-way through her second year as Marine Harvest’s Human Resources Coordinator, a position she’s excited to call her own. 

Her responsibilities include screening resumes, interviewing applicants, checking references, preparing contracts and booking training.

Shylo is the ‘go to’ person for questions about benefits as well as the payroll system. When that’s all done, she’s a lead organizer for events such as the children’s Breakfast with Santa and the Employee Recognition Awards.

“I was born in Fort St. John and came to Campbell River to be closer to family,” Shylo explained. She graduated from high school in Calgary, Alberta, before she felt a calling to move south of the border. Shylo attended the University of Washington in the US, where she was a gymnast for the Huskies while she studied mass communication and philosophy.

Shylo Loock family

Shylo started travelling after university and met her South African-born husband, Matie, while in the UK on a working holiday. The couple lived for some years in South Africa before deciding to move to back to Canada with their children.

“We moved to Campbell River because we wanted family around for the kids,” said Shylo.  “And we started from scratch in Canada; we arrived (from South Africa) with eight suitcases.”

Upon returning to Campbell River, Shylo worked for a short time at Discovery Community College as a career advisor and then for North Island Employment Foundation Society (NIEFS), where she was a case worker, working directly with clients to secure employment.

Making the transition to Marine Harvest was an exciting move for Shylo.  “I love to see new things and face new challenges.”

Shylo and Matie have three girls who range in age from seven to eleven. They play golf as a family and one of her daughters has followed her footsteps as a successful gymnast. “Family is very important to me,” Shylo said, and this is evident from the compassion and understanding she deploys in her work.