Rachel is a 28 year old facilitator, consultant, public speaker, and community engagement specialist. Rachel is a truth-teller, an influencer, and a passionate humanitarian – building bridges for those who are isolated, victimized, and abused.
Rachel’s mission is to bring those on the margins of society into the centre of community building, decision making, and systems level change.
Rachel draws on community wisdom to nurture participatory decision making and a more equitable future. Rachel works in established systems and organisations to create space for other voices and ways of being in community.
Areas of expertise include the rights of children and youth and the transition to adulthood; engaging communities facing homelessness, mental health challenges, poverty, addictions, and trauma; and supporting work on gender and sexuality with a focus on preventing violence and exploitation of young people and the vulnerable.
Rachel speaks from the heart through and draws on a wealth of both lived and professional experience. Their commitment to helping marginalized youth has inspired organizations, educators and lawmakers to implement new policies that represent the voice of the vulnerable. Their influence has fostered dialogue in government, community, and at symposiums around the world.
Rachel is a sought after and effective public speaker and consultant. Having felt first-hand the realities of falling through the cracks and navigating complex systems at a young age, Their practice appeals to the need for sensitivity, understanding, and inclusion. Rachel delivers a strong message for change in the perception that has long ignored the rights and participation of those on the margins within our societies.
Rachel has received award-winning recognition for her work and has written several periodicals, workshops and manuals. Their contributions have been recognized by the Representative for Children and Youth of BC’s Award of Excellence in Youth Leadership (2010), the 24 Hours News Top 24 under 24 (2012), the BC Child and Youth in Care Achievement Award (2016), and most recently, the CFUW Women’s History Month list of Influential Women (2017).
Rachel has a background in sociology from Simon Fraser University and holds a Certificate in Social Justice (2012) alongside training in facilitation and inclusive processes from PeerNet, meaningful conversations and participatory leadership from Art of Hosting, and negotiation and communications from the University of Naples Frederico II. Rachel has a growing fascination with innovative technologies for facilitation of groups that collaborate remotely.
In addition to public speaking and their leadership role in Authentic Engagement, Rachel also holds a number of volunteer roles and offers mentorship and capacity building to others who have experienced hardship and wish to transform these experiences into impact.
Rachel is a recent immigrant to Italy, and was raised on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, colonially known as Vancouver Island, Canada. She is a queer, gender-fluid femme and uses “they/them/theirs” pronouns.
Child & Youth Rights