Rachel is an Indigenous woman with almost 20 years of experience working and volunteering in the community. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba.
Rachel has served as the Executive Director of several non-profit agencies, including Eyaa-Keen Healing Centre, which provides programs and services grounded in traditional teachings and culture to Indigenous peoples who have been affected by various traumas, Wahbung Abinoonjiiag, an agency that provides programs and services to women, children and youth who are affected by family violence, and the John Howard Society of Manitoba. Rachel was the founding Executive Director of Onashowewin, an organization that provides a court diversion and restorative justice program to Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.
While Project Officer with the federal Urban Aboriginal Strategy, Rachel networked with Indigenous community groups and different levels of government to develop a funding framework as well as an evaluation framework for various projects in the Indigenous community.
As an Indigenous Doula, Rachel provided emotional, cultural and physical supports to women during pregnancy, labour, delivery and during postpartum period. She also helped train Indigenous doulas in other communities.
Rachel is committed to lifelong learning and to the mission and values of KAIROS, and the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. She has facilitated the KBE for the last two years, working with various audiences and helping to facilitate respectful dialogue in cross cultural settings, sometimes on delicate subjects.