Claire Penner

Thrive Coordinator

Claire was born and raised on Vancouver Island.

Her passion for helping others began while attending summer camps. From a young age, she started seeking leadership roles at camp, church, and school, where she could serve alongside people in any way.

After high school, Claire moved up island, where she worked for Youth Unlimited Comox Valley. It was there she learned about Lifeteams, School of Youth Outreach. Once convinced she could survive without the ocean just a short drive away, she braved the move across the sea. While at Lifeteams, she learned more about the Lord’s heart for coming alongside marginalized people through teachings and her practicum at GVYU’s Young Families program. This experience sparked the desire to seek a career where she could share her faith and heart with others around her.

Over the next few years, Claire married her Lifeteams sweetheart, Liam, and worked as a financial advisor, where she made good use of her youth working skills. Three years after completing Lifeteams, Claire has found herself back with her GVYU family as the Thrive Coordinator for the Young Families program in Surrey.

In Claire’s free time, you can find her playing rec league basketball and proudly telling witty dad jokes.

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