Claire lives in New Plymouth with her husband Paul and has raised two sons, now young adults, one of whom has FASD.
In 2013, Claire saw the need for an organisation that would unite caregivers and advocate for improved awareness, services and greater support for families of individuals coping with FASD. Together with others who played key roles in raising awareness and advocating for those with FASD in Aotearoa, and a group of enthusiastic parents, Claire founded FASD-CAN.
Claire brought her drive, commitment, networking skills, compassion, public speaking skills and clear thinking to lead the organisation through a period of increased recognition and support for individuals. Her contribution led FASD-CAN to secure some Government funding to enable the development of much needed support services.