Anne_Howard 2016My professional career is in Human Resource management with over thirty years’ experience working with Coopers & Lybrand (legacy firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers) , the Glenbow Alberta Institute and as a Consultant since 1994.

I have also served as a session instructor in the Business and Continuing Education faculties at Mount Royal University.

Consulting client organizations range in size from very small (10 employees) to quite large (more than 4000 employees) in a variety of industries including professional services, energy, retail, technology, health services, construction, financial services, education, durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, personal services  and hospitality.

My designations include the Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP), a Certified Management Consultant(CMC) and my formal education,  a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) , a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology, and a Diploma in Human Resources Management.  I have been certified as a visionary leadership and planning facilitator.

I am a member of a number of professional organizations including the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, Society for Human Resource Management and World at Work.

Over the years, I have been involved in a variety of community work including committee work within human resource associations, and as a member of the Board of Directors for The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, L’ecole Ste. Cecilia, the MS Society of Calgary, the South Calgary Primary Care Network and the Calgary Primary Care Council.

One of the greatest pleasures and most meaningful experiences of my life has been the growth of my relationship with my parents from child to friend and ultimately to advisor and caregiver.

Dad owned a manufacturing company in which I (and all of my siblings) worked as we were growing up.  Over the years Dad and I moved from father/daughter/boss/employee to peers talking about the fun, the illusion of freedom and challenges of business ownership.   In the final few years of Dad’s life we began talking about his concerns about Mom’s deteriorating mental health and his ensuring she would be well cared for. 

Those conversations resulted in new Wills, Personal Directives and Powers of Attorney documents and Dad sharing some information about their financial situation.  What he shared was incredibly helpful to Stevie and me in our roles as Executors, Powers of Attorney and Personal Directive Agents for both Dad prior to and following his death, and for Mom.   What he didn’t prepare and share resulted in a tremendous learning experience and has brought us here, to Exit Savvy.   Dad had a unique sense of humor.  I wonder at times if he had an inkling of this and thought it would be funny. 

I agree with Stevie about the Exit Savvy tools providing the ability to remove the administrative chores from the time to spend with the person you love in the latter stages of life.  I would add that they are also the doorway to one of the richest experiences we as human beings can share:  a deep sense of who we are and what matters most to us.

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