Marie-Yvonne Cleaver is the owner and operator of La Belle Boutique Fashion and Accessories. Marie-Yvonne was born in Haiti, and moved to Montreal at the age of 12. After completing high school and post secondary education at Montreal University, she worked as a general secretary for the Quebec Provincial Government. Her position with the government required her to work with high level professionals and required her to dress the part. It was here she began her relationship with some of Canada’s top designers.
A move to the west coast in 1992 saw Marie-Yvonne continue her education in Vancouver before moving to Kelowna in 1996. After working as a customer service representative for Always On UPS Systems (uninterruptible power supplies), Marie –Yvonne worked as a Salesperson with Flare Fashions in the Orchard Park Mall. She was able to pursue her lifetime dream of working with children by obtaining her Early Childhood Education Diploma (ECE) and Certified Education Assistant (CEA) certification at Okanagan University College. Marie-Yvonne worked at several pre-school facilities in the Kelowna Area, and was also able to act as a substitute teacher at l’Anse Au Sable French language secondary school in Kelowna.
In 2008, she was able to purchase Flare Fashions second location in the Towne Centre Mall, and La Belle Boutique was born. With a move to larger premises in 2011, La Belle Boutique has become a fashion destination for locals and visitors alike. She has been able to combine her educational skills with her fashion sense to provide an exceptional level of customer service for women. Her mission is to make women feel good and confident in the fashions they wear.
Marie-Yvonne continues to advocate for children, believing that all children have the right to a good education. She directs a portion of the proceeds from her store to several projects in her native country of Haiti. These include assisting several Haitians in attaining their Early Childhood Education Certificates. Marie-Yvonne’s long term goal is to establish an English immersion pre school in Haiti, and to support single mothers in achieving their potential in society.
At La Belle Boutique, customer service is our top priority, helping you to be the beautiful and confident woman you are.