MARIA FACCIO – CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, SURREY HOSPITALS FOUNDATION

Maria Faccio, a first-generation Canadian with Italian immigrant parents, embodies the values of hard work, strength, and community engagement instilled in her from a young age. Raised in a sports-oriented family, Maria's journey began on the soccer field at the young age of five, leading her to play through college and now coach of her son's team. The lessons learned from being part of a team, such as teamwork, determination, respect, inclusion, and lasting friendships, have shaped her character.

SUCCESS IS MORE THAN MONEY & PRESTIGE

BY J. M. LEE

Maria Faccio, a first-generation Canadian with Italian immigrant parents, embodies the values of hard work, strength, and community engagement instilled in her from a young age. Raised in a sports-oriented family, Maria’s journey began on the soccer field at the young age of five, leading her to play through college and now coach of her son’s team. The lessons learned from being part of a team, such as teamwork, determination, respect, inclusion, and lasting friendships, have shaped her character.

Guided by her mother, a matriarch figure, Maria learned the importance of giving back and perseverance. Despite the challenges of pursuing a post-graduate degree while working full-time at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Maria was determined to achieve her goals, inspired by her family’s unwavering support.

Transitioning into the non-profit sector, Maria discovered her passions for people, purpose, and community, which drive her both personally and professionally. Recognized for her visionary leadership, interpersonal skills, and advocacy for change, Maria excels in being a people person, fostering inclusivity, and empowering others through coaching and mentoring. Maria values the significance of networking and fostering authentic relationships based on mutual understanding and genuine connections.

“One of my greatest strengths is my passion for people,” Maria admits.  “I thrive on building meaningful relationships, effective teams and leading by example.”

For Maria, purpose is at the core of her endeavors, challenging herself to make a positive impact and create meaningful change in the world. In her current role as Chief Development Officer at Surrey Hospitals Foundation, she leads the fundraising team and strategies to gain philanthropic support for equitable and excellent healthcare for residents South of the Fraser. 

Embodying her belief in service and giving back to the community, Maria’s story is a testament to the values of perseverance, community engagement, and making a difference beyond financial success and status.

Maria Faccio embodies various roles within her community, including serving as a youth soccer coach, a leadership team member at her church, a Board Member of the Michael Cuccione Foundation and a Mentor for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Rooted in family values, compassion, and spirituality, Maria emphasizes responsibility, ethics, and inclusivity. She advocates for acceptance and equality, regardless of differences in race, gender, nationality, personality, or faith.

Maria’s fundamental beliefs go beyond material success and societal standing, guiding her actions and maintaining her focus on long-term objectives.

“I believe that success is more than money and prestige it is about leaving the world a better place for future generations.”

In her role as a mother, Maria aims to set a positive example for her teenage son, encouraging him to embody leadership qualities and respect towards others.

“In a world inundated with digital distractions, genuine engagement is the key to building lasting connections. In my observations in coaching my son’s generation, I witness the impact of digitalization on soft skills, particularly in networking. Our role as professionals, parents, mentors, and coaches of future generations is essential. I trust the values instilled in me at a young age continue to foster the development of crucial interpersonal skills.”

Maria’s dedication to community involvement, mentorship, and values-driven leadership underscores her commitment to personal growth, community service, and the cultivation of essential skills for future generations.