Meet Our Team
With almost 200 years of combined, practical accounting experience, we are pleased to provide CFO-quality bookkeeping services for the price of a regular bookkeeper.
Patti Saulnier is the President of Accountapotamus. Prior to founding the company, Patti spent 10 years as Controller for two Ottawa-based IT Consulting companies and has over 35 years of practical accounting experience in multiple industries, including but not limited to professional services, training, management consulting, trades, engineering, medical, construction, aerospace, and security. She has used her background and talents to write and develop exceptional Accounting, Payroll, and QuickBooks courses, and is a very knowledgeable and engaging instructor.
Patti is very passionate about empowering fellow business owners and loves to write and travel when time allows. She is an Intuit Pro Advisor and QuickBooks Trainer, and currently serves on the Board of Directors with the West Ottawa Board of Trade, after serving for the last few years on the Boards of Directors for the Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce and Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce (Treasurer).
Heather McCormick is a Senior Bookkeeper with 18 years of accounting experience, over eleven of which have been spent with Accountapotamus. She is currently attending part-time studies in forensic accounting and is pursuing her CGA. She enjoys working in the accounting field, loves a challenge, and is our Go-to-Girl for pretty much anything. You can always count on Heather to dive in and tackle any project, no matter how big or small, with tenacity and a smile. She has mastered the art of paying attention to detail in an environment where accuracy and trust mean everything.
Heather is a chocoholic who enjoys hiking and artistic pursuits including drawing and crafting. From calendar design to Easter Egg hunts to rappelling down office buildings with a gigantic stuffed hippo strapped to her back to making sure Patti eats every day (Thanks, Mom!), she’s one of the most thoughtful, dependable, and loyal people we know. Ask her about Shoes That Start Conversations!
Paula Pappin is a Senior Bookkeeper and the Accounting Manager of Accountapotamus, with over 20 years of accounting experience. Paula has worked with various small businesses including automotive, consulting, landscaping, construction and customer service industries. The success of reconciling her first bank statement was what solidified her interest in bookkeeping.
Paula is the proud mother of two young women. As avid competitive dancers, she spends most of her free time at her daughters’ dance studio cheering them on and volunteering. She also loves cooking, going for walks and spending time at the cottage.
Myriah Saulnier is our Business Manager and Director of Fun, and has been with Accountapotamus since its inception. She also helps lead our Not for Profit bookkeeping team with her wicked fast and accurate data entry skills and over 10 years of bookkeeping experience. A Master Organizer, she doesn’t even wince when we present her with years of receipts in big green garbage bags, making short work of getting them ready to bring a client’s files up to date. She is always armed with a smile.
Myriah has an honours diploma in Journalism from Algonquin College and is a freelance writer for a number of Canadian travel magazines. She enjoys the outdoors, her dogs, spending time with her friends and family, and exploring the world around her, one fascinating story at a time.
Sarah Halcro is a Senior Bookkeeper with Accountapotamus and one of our Not for Profit and charitable bookkeeping specialists. Her 9+ years of accounting experience servicing many different industries (specializing in Not for Profit organizations) has helped her develop excellent problem solving, time management and organizational skills. She loves the art of bookkeeping; the data entry and reconciling aspects are her happy place.
Sarah is working on completing her diploma in Bookkeeping and Accounting Practices at Algonquin College. In her free time, you can find her camping, exploring and swimming in new areas with her dog, or relaxing through candle making and snuggling with a good book (have you read Christina Henry or Kelley Armstrong?). She is an avid movie goer (horrors especially!), tattoo enthusiast and always up for some silly conversations.
Johanne Dery is a Senior Bookkeeper with Accountapotamus and has over 8 years of accounting experience. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ottawa University. After working in both the private and public sector in Program Management, Johanne elected to go back to school to focus on her love of numbers and obtained an Accounting certificate from Algonquin College.
She is married to her high school sweetheart and has a teenage son who is a provincial level gymnast. She enjoys the outdoors, going on cruises, cooking and baking.
Amy Pappin is our Administrative Diva and one of our Bookkeepers. She is entering her third year of business at Algonquin College and will be specializing in Marketing. Amy came to us early in 2022 when she was forced to take a break from school due to limited class sizes in the pandemic, and she plans to continue working with us as she completes her education.
Amy spent most of her life dancing competitively and is now teaching and choreographing for a local dance studio, which she has been doing for the last 7 years. She had the honour of representing Team Canada at the ICU international cheerleading championships in 2019-2022. You might also recognize her as your favourite cheerleader (and Dance Team Captain) for the Ottawa Redblacks! If you are ever at a game, make sure to say hi!
Sandra Swift is a Senior Bookkeeper at Accountapotamus with more than 10 years of accounting experience. She has an Honours Certificate in Accounting from Nova Scotia Community College. Sandra enjoys maintaining her clients’ records and works with many different kinds of small businesses, including her own car garage.
Sandra is a proud mother of an enthusiastic competitive dancer who is 11 years old and she volunteers and spends most of her free time at her daughter’s dance facility supporting her. Sandra also enjoys cooking, taking walks and cuddling her two pets.
Deanna Bruyea is a Senior Bookkeeper at Accountapotamus with over 10 years of experience working with small to medium businesses. She has a Professional Accounting Diploma from Algonquin College, where she graduated with honours. Her experience in the tech, construction and service industries has provided her with a wide variety of skills and knowledge that she draws upon when helping her clients. She is always full of new ideas for businesses on how to save money, expand and simplify their operations.
Deanna loves to spend time at the cottage during the summer and travelling in the colder months. Her hobbies include reading, video games, Netflix and most recently she has taken up roller skating.
Colleen Currie is a Senior Bookkeeper with Accountapotamus and has over 30 years of accounting experience, mainly in the construction and trades industries. She is a reconciliation specialist and most enjoys the analytical part of the bookkeeping process.
Colleen uses her common sense approach to communicate financial matters to non-financial people in a way that makes sense and leads to better decision-making. She takes the time to learn our clients’ businesses inside and out to find how to best meet their needs. She is an avid cyclist, runner, and amateur home renovator.
Cody Helem is our data entry expert and jack of all trades at Accountapotamus. He helped with our move to Kanata, catered and served at our open house, delivers our advertising and helps us with our IT problems without judging. He’s ready to tackle any task we throw his way and is an absolute pleasure to work with.
Cody has a certificate in Media and Communications from Algonquin College and is currently taking French lessons so he can become bilingual. He enjoys hiking, camping, playing video games, and spending time with his wife and their dogs.