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October 15, 2021

Sarah Cullen, Toronto Hydro

This profile is part of a series in support of Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 3, 2021. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. With the pandemic continuing to change how students learn, the 27th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day presented by RBC Future Launch will be back with a virtually delivered look at the world of work for Grade 9 students across Canada.
This year’s theme – You Belong Here! – will expose young minds, as they enter their first year of high school, to a wide range of careers reflecting the full diversity of students, interests and the future world of work.
To learn more and register, go to takeourkidstowork.ca.

Job title: 

Supervisor, Payroll & Disbursements Accounting       

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

Wear silly socks and avoid being voted on

The skills I rely on most in my role are:

Critical thinking and problem solving

Q. What does a typical day of work look like in your role?

A. A typical day for me has both a planned schedule of tasks and meetings, as well as ad hoc tasks and meetings. In Payroll & Disbursements, we run on a planned schedule for processing employee and vendor payments. We work closely together as a team and with Human Resources and Finance to ensure that we meet these deadlines and process accurate payments.
It’s a fast-paced environment with opportunities to work on projects and a solid knowledge base of legislation, accounting and various systems will contribute to your success. I tell my team to be ready to put on your detective hat, because we do encounter various complicated issues that require critical thinking and analysis. I also say that getting paid is the main reason that employees come to work, and so ensuring that employees and vendors are paid accurately and on time is rewarding and satisfying. A typical day is busy and never boring!
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