Rachel was born and raised in a large family in Cranbrook BC. After tree-planting in northern BC, she took her meager savings and headed Down Under, to Hillsong Leadership College in Sydney, Australia. The friendships she established there, opened doors for her to live in England and work with a network of churches called CGi (Christian Growth International).
In 2006 she joined a pioneering team from England to establish Cherish Uganda, a NGO that provides healthcare, love, prosperity and education (H.O.P.E.) for vulnerable children living with HIV; she was named director in 2008. Rachel passed on her role as CEO in July 2014 and returned to Canada.
She now lives with her husband and their first daughter in Idaho. They are expecting a second daughter in June 2018. She will be born with an extra 21st chromosome, also known as Down Syndrome. Rachel’s story is one of redemptive grace and the relentless pursuit of Godʼs purpose for her life.
Some of Rachel’s adventures include backpacking in Northern Pakistan, surviving a fatal bus accident in India, drinking moonshine with a hilltribe in Thailand, staying in a castle in Ireland, riding camels around the Egyptian pyramids and discovering her favorite destination…..Cape Town. Yet, the adventure she is most proud of is becoming a mother to her first daughter, Madeleine Dawn.
Her favorite hobbies include duck-hunting with her Dad, brother and husband in Alberta, cooking with spices, organic gardening, live music and absorbing beautiful art, fabrics, textiles and decors. Her ultimate…..sipping and swirling Chateauneuf du Pape from an extra-large, thin rimmed wine glass with her husband, Russ.