Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Areas of Expertise: Center operational leadership (registration, reception, food services, housekeeping, maintenance, grounds etc.), human resources, working effectively as a team, fundraising, creation and dissemination of policies and procedures, marketing and branding (including web site design), program and curriculum evaluation and development, financial management, working with boards (with a special interest in Policy Governance), community outreach, relationship building especially with stakeholders, masterplanning, strategic planning, communication (including social media), creating partnerships with other organizations, working in China, broadening diversity in inclusion in centers, managing change, resolving conflict, designing new systems and optimizing current systems. visioning.
Affiliations: Formerly Executive Director and Director of Programs, Marketing and Fundraising for The Haven, BC, Canada from 2006-2017. Rachel is a member of the Board of the Holistic Centers Network and offers consulting services to holistic centers.
Services: Coaching and consulting with leaders and teams in any of the areas of expertise listed above.
Bio: Rachel is passionate about fostering and creating unity in diversity and working with organizations like the HCN whose mission is to strengthen connection and collaboration. She is inspired by the idea that her years of experience a leadership role in a holistic center can be used to the benefit of new and emerging centers. She believes that centers play an increasingly pivotal role in current society, so the more centers there are and the better they function, the greater difference will be made in the world.
Rachel has worked for nearly 30 years in a variety of educational contexts in Canada and other countries, including Portugal, the Czech Republic, Egypt and Cyprus. She came into the world of holistic centers as a result of her experience of taking programs at The Haven. In her ten years at The Haven she had the opportunity to blend her experience in education management with the history and context of a centre for transformational learning.
It is her belief that there is a lot that ‘traditional’ education can learn from holistic centers, and the other way round. In 2017 she left The Haven in order to be able to live in Victoria with her family, as her daughter finishes her high school education.