April Howe appointed Special Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion with Global Philanthropic Canada

Based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, April Howe is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. With over two decades of experience in corporate, government, and community leadership, April collaborates with leaders from coast to coast to coast, crafting conditions for true inclusivity in philanthropic organizations. She is collaborating with Global on maximizing inclusion within the organization, while also providing external training and coaching to Global’s over 350 clients across the country.

“I’m thrilled to welcome April to the Global Philanthropic Canada family,” says Guy Mallabone, CEO & President of Global Philanthropic Canada. “From the moment I heard her speak, I knew her wisdom, passion, and lived experience formed a powerful message destined to be shared with our clients.  This is truly a milestone appointment for our organization and partners to further advance IDEA for the betterment of the Canadian philanthropic sector and beyond.”

Hearing April speak, her invigorating and thought-provoking message will be one you cannot shake for weeks, months and onwards. Her keen ability to acutely listen combined with her storytelling prowess make the ebb and flow of engaging with her a delight. A five-star communicator with a collaborative style, her honest, heart-on-her-sleeve style is captivating. Her enthusiasm for self-reflection, learning and authentic transformation becomes immediately clear leaving you feeling inspired. Did we mention you will emerge with a mile-long list of inclusivity-supporting action items to improve your organizational culture?

Global Philanthropic Canada is proud to partner with April and provide our clients access to her skills and talents to improve your organization’s culture of diversity and inclusion.

We offer our valued clients:

Consulting & Strategy Development: Designed to support organizations to develop practical and impactful inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) strategies and implementation guidance.

Diversity and Inclusion Change Canvas: A facilitated process to help an organization understand their “why” around inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. This process provides foundational clarity, collective agreement, and a framework for the IDEA journey.

Demographic and Sentiment Organizational Survey: Conduct a survey to capture organizational or team demographics and understand the experiences of employees at a deeper level. Provide analysis and comprehensive report as well as presentation of results.

Education & Learning: Provide tailored diversity and inclusion workshops that help leaders, employees, and participants gain and foster cultural competence and understand authentic inclusion. Topics include: Defining IDEA, Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, How to be an Ally, Race and Racism Explained, Traits of an Inclusive Leader, and Privilege and the Invisible Backpack.

Speaking Engagements: As a trained and experienced public speaker, provide thought-provoking key-note addresses, speeches, and talks for lectures, conferences, and team events.

Coaching: As a Certified Coach, establish a safe and structured environment for individuals to obtain the support and development they need to succeed. Collaborate to establish defined objectives with practical measures toward achieving them.

Call-a-Friend: Focused confidential advice for those in-the-moment challenges that require IDEA expertise or intervention.

 April has an Executive MBA from St. Mary’s University’s Sobey School of Business and is a Certified Executive and Career Coach.

An advocate and avid volunteer, April is involved with her local community on various boards in the Halifax region. Some of the organizations that she has chosen to align herself with include Neptune Theatre and International Women’s Forum on their respective executive boards. She has also served on the board of the ­North End Community Health Centre, IWK Health Centre, United Way Halifax and the Black Business Initiative.

As a proud descendant of the community of Africville in Nova Scotia, April was a founding member and went on to chair the Africville Heritage Trust, designating Africville a national historic site in 1997. The seaside community and its homes were demolished in the 1960s and Africville represents the oppression faced by many Black Canadians.

“I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Global Philanthropic Canada family,” shares April. “This represents the intersecting of two of my passions, Diversity & Inclusion, and Community Volunteering. I am eager to see the positive impact we’ll make together – one leader, one team, one organization at a time.”

Global Philanthropic Canada is a full-service national fundraising consultancy of highly experienced practitioners. With more than 70 team members Canada-wide, we deliver professional fundraising counsel to organizations of all sizes in a respectful and inclusive environment. We aim to support, teach, and propel you to meet and exceed your goals by elevating your mission together.

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