Born in France, Marie-Claire Howard moved to Canada in 1984. Marie-Claire studied Political Sciences at the University of Grenoble and worked in journalism and media relations before becoming a small business administrator. She is a partner at Howard Vera Design, providing residential and commercial design services. Marie-Claire and her husband Geoffrey joined SVP in 2011.
How were you introduced to SVP? What path brought you here?
I was introduced by SVP Partner Nick Bedford, whose wife Stania was a teammate on my field hockey team. I have always been involved in volunteer organizations, most recently as a board member of the Vancouver Hawks Field Hockey Club and as President of the Alliance Francaise of Vancouver. I feel very strongly that every child deserves a happy childhood and I find that SVP Vancouver’s focus on helping at-risk kids have a chance at a good life is a perfect fit.
What inspires you to make a difference?
I feel that I am incredibly privileged to live in a peaceful, democratic country, in a beautiful city with a wonderful husband, healthy son, loving family, caring friends, good health and financial security. If people like me don’t reach out and help, who will?
What projects are you working on with SVP? Why did you choose to get involved this way?
I am currently a member of Jeff Peterson’s Partner Engagement Committee and Robin Louis’ Development Committee. Although these committees do not work directly with Investees, they are crucial to the success of SVP. Engaged Partners are key to SVP’s success in helping investees.
I have also recently joined Hamlet Abnousi as a Lead Partner for Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative, currently assisting with their pressing needs for fundraising and a communications strategy.
Over the years, I have participated in brainstorming sessions for KidSafe, Athletics for Kids and ONE TO ONE Literacy Society. I also would like to get involved with Growing Chefs! but haven’t found the time yet.
Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
Weekends and evenings, you will find me on a field hockey pitch, at the gym or on the tennis court.