Claire became vegan in 2000, having been vegetarian since she was 15. She has been a board member since February 2015. Her passion for our planet and all who live on her has led her to work with the Society as a media spokesperson. Improving the visibility of veganism in mainstream media is part of her mission. Claire is on the working group committee for the ISO draft standard of foods suitable for vegans, ensuring globally that vegan food is actually vegan. She currently lives a low carbon lifestyle on the West Coast in Buller, teaching tai chi and offering holistic healing.
Helen transitioned from vegetarian to vegan almost instantly in 2015. This worked well for her and it really was the best decision she had ever made. She has a finance background covering numerous industries and organisations including the SPCA. Helen enjoys educating people on saving animals through the vegan lifestyle. On the Board she will help to ensure that the Society is financially compliant and maintains financial stability going into future.