Marie-Claire Howard is the newest addition to Vancouver’s Park Board, representing ABC Vancouver.

As a team manager for the many sports her son played while growing up (soccer, field hockey, baseball, rugby, ice hockey) and as an athlete herself (field hockey, fitness, tennis), she has first-hand experience of the challenges faced by sports organizations in Vancouver. She is committed to ensuring that existing parks and recreation facilities are adequately funded in order to be properly maintained and improved.

She also wants to ensure that additional parks and recreation facilities are created to keep up with the City’s growing population.

Marie-Claire believes that a city without art is a city without a soul. She would like to create more open spaces for the public, adding pop-ups art exhibitions and concerts in parks to facilitate public exposure to local artists.

A former journalist and media relations consultant, Marie-Claire currently works as Vice President, Finance for a small boutique employment law firm. She has been an active volunteer in the community for many years.

As Board Chair of Alliance Française, she is spearheading the construction of a new 35,000 sf. Francophone cultural centre in the Oakridge neighbourhood. She also recently joined the Board of Directors of Latincouver Cultural & Business Society, an organization that promotes Latin American culture and provides integration services to Latin American immigrants.

An immigrant from France, Marie-Claire has lived with her husband in the West End, downtown, and now Kitsilano, for almost 30 years.