Meet the Bookkeepers
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.
Joy Laughland is a Senior Bookkeeper with Accountapotamus and has over 18 years of bookkeeping experience. Joy is one of our Not for Profit and charitable bookkeeping specialists. She has worked with many types of small businesses and enjoys keeping her clients’ records straight. One of her strengths is being able to make sense of muddled messes and she gets excited when everything balances!
Joy loves time spent outdoors, especially hiking, camping, kayaking and trail running. She also enjoys time with her family and friends, which is usually accompanied by good food. Joy loves traveling as a way to see and experience many different cultures and food. She has the philosophy that you should try everything at least once, and her energetic personality is reflected in her name!
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!
Sarah Nassir is a Bookkeeper with Accountapotamus, and comes to us with a background in business management from Vancouver. She does the data entry for most of our catch up clients. One of her most valued skills is taking several years of receipts and deposits and organizing them into something beautiful (with only minimal swearing). Sarah is excited to further her knowledge by continuing her accounting education through Algonquin College.
Sarah is the youngest of four siblings, which has made her determined to be the best at everything she does. She just moved back to Ontario in June after three years in British Columbia where she ran a restaurant called The Cannibal Cafe. She loves travel, art, Harry Potter and practicing her tattooing. She is a very social person and is always up for an adventure.
Anne McEwen comes to Accountapotamus with over 30 years of experience, primarily in the healthcare field. (How can that be possible when she tells people she is only 29? We don’t ask.) Her area of expertise is payroll and she loves to tell everyone how fun it is to produce Records of Employment using the ROE Web application. Even though her undergraduate degree is in Political Science/English, she has been drawn to financial services since her first summer job working in a Payroll office.
The title that she wears with the greatest pride is that of Mom to her amazing 14-year-old son. Along with trying to stay fit, Anne loves knitting, gardening, reading and creating chaos in the kitchen.
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.