Pat Shewchuk

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Shewchuk,-PatPat Shewchuk

Big Y Foods, Inc.
Director of Leadership Development & Engagement Strategies

Years with company: 31 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: Associates in Early Childhood Education from HCC, as well as several professional certifications.  Various past/present activities include Community Enterprise Business Advisory, Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, MA Food Association HR Council, Society for Human Resources Association and Secretary of the Human Resources Association of Western New England.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Talking, listening and watching my mom throughout the years greatly guided me in my development.  She taught me the importance of keeping commitments and being responsible, while at the same time to care for others and be fair and open minded.  Next would be my sister, who has taught me that through adversity comes a new strength.  Everything is for a reason.  At Big Y, there have been many strong women that I have had a lively conversation with or shared a quiet moment.  Although they may not be aware, each has contributed to my growth in some way.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateWhile I’ve been afforded many opportunities working at Big Y, the defining moment was when I transitioned from working in the stores to the Employee Services department in our Support Center.  Through various roles, I have been able to develop and implement programs, trainings or initiatives to help support, develop or recognize our employees; which leads to a couple of career achievements that come to mind.  The first being the oversight, planning and engaging our employees in celebrating Big Y’s 75th anniversary in 2011, and a more recent achievement in 2014 was taking part in the communication roll out of our new vision statement.  Both of these projects exemplified a time of collaboration and community across the organization, which was both rewarding and gratifying.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging is educating everyone about the importance of caring for and engaging your team of employees in supporting the company’s mission, vision and values.  When your team and co-workers are all aware of and driven towards the same goals, you will have nothing but success.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Listen and learn from others, step forward and take on challenges, always be open to change…and remember to pay it forward and help develop others along the way.

Hobbies: While I enjoy spending time in my perennial garden, my true passion are my beautiful granddaughters; Louisa, Adela, Penelope and Genevieve…who could ask for more?