Hi everyone. My name is Vanessa and I am the new Director of International Relations Development here at Habitat Guatemala. I am originally from Montreal, Canada. I worked for over 5 years as an occupational therapist specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation and dementia care. After traveling/volunteering throughout South and Central America for 2 years, I gained an appreciation for working in multi-cultural environments. I wanted to begin affecting change at a population level so I returned to McGill University where I completed a Master’s of Science in Public Health. Upon graduation, I moved to Xela in 2016 where I worked for a US-based organization that supported local health authorities in Guatemala, Belize, Thailand and West Virginia USA with community health initiatives. I am passionate about working with people and volunteers who, like me, want to address disparities and help improve the quality of life for people living in vulnerable situations.
Why Habitat Guatemala?
It is very important for me to work with an experienced organization whose mission is to improve the lives of Guatemalans. What I appreciate the most about Habitat Guatemala is that they have over 40 years of experience and provide national coverage to ensure that they can reach as many Guatemalans as possible. Additionally, Habitat Guatemala creates innovative housing and WASH solutions that help improve the lives of Guatemalans nation-wide.
What do you like the most about your position?
I get to be an advocate for the needs of our communities. Our success in building and fostering strong relationships with our donors and partners directly impacts the lives of people who live in poverty and extreme poverty. Our donors provide our team with opportunities to develop innovative household and community solutions that directly addresses the needs of the community and improves the quality of life of people living in precarious situations. Habitat Guatemala staff are passionate and dedicated to the Habitat mission, making the work environment dynamic and motivating. I am happy and proud to be part of the Habitat family.
A message to the donors and volunteers
I look forward to strengthening our partnerships and meeting with all our donors and volunteers. On behalf of the Habitat Guatemala team, thank you for your collaboration and continued support towards improving the quality of life of Guatemalan families.