Marva has been an active member of the important Black Experience Project (GTA) team since its 2010 inception, serving as Project Director for Phase 1 and is currently the project’s Director of Engagement and Outreach.
She is a highly sought facilitator, moderator & professional speaker. With diversity & inclusivity as an imperative, she provides clients with the courage to transform their leadership vision.
Marva is co-founding President & Managing Director of Canadian Black History Projects and an avid community volunteer with decades of Board leadership experience, including as chair of 2 United Way campaigns with record-breaking results in 2010 and 2011 and completing 13 years on the YMCA-YWCA Board of Guelph, the last 2 as Chair.
Marva’s political experience spans more than 2 decades and has included prime ministerial appointment as national platform co-chair for 2 elections; campaign manager, fundraising chair, elected as national policy chair; area director, riding president, recurring political panelist and a nominee candidate.
Additional experience with politics and government include managing both her local federal and provincial constituency offices, 7 and 3 years respectively.
Her recognitions include various volunteer and service awards, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; YWCA’s Woman of Distinction; JCA’s Community Volunteer Leadership Award, Toronto Police and Community Award of Excellence.
Marva holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership from the University of Guelph and serves on its College of Economics and Business’ Leadership Advisory Board where she is an inaugural recipient of its Alumni with Impact Award.