Rachael's Story

Rachael has always believed in the importance of putting people first, working hard, and being resourceful. 

It didn’t take long for Rachael to demonstrate her lively entrepreneurial spirit. Writing a business plan at the age of nine to prove to her parents that she was serious about opening a dog kennel and raising puppies was not an unusual demonstration of knowledge and grit for the middle child who grew up with three brothers and one sister.

Growing up on a small farm near Kathyrn, Alberta proved to be the perfect setting to inspire the young entrepreneur to turn her small kennel into a successful eight-year venture that covered the cost of four humanitarian trips and funded the majority of her post-secondary education. 

Empathy for animals was only surpassed by Rachael’s empathy for people.

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Rachael has always been driven by a passion to invest in the betterment of others. At 14 years of age, she felt compelled to contribute to humanity by volunteering for a seven-week mission in the Zulu mountain range in South Africa. During her time there, she worked with a team of dedicated volunteers to promote health education in small remote villages.

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This was the first of four humanitarian missions Rachael participated in before turning 20 years of age. Her international experiences formed in her a passion for justice and a deep-seated desire to empower others.

Having seen the face of poverty abroad, Rachael gained a profound sense of gratitude for the vast abundance in Canada. The seed of patriotism was planted as Rachael understood at a young age the significance of democracy, freedom, and good governance.

With more than a little helping of country roots.

Knowing the value of education, Rachael took ownership of her learning. Graduating from Briercrest College with an Associate of Arts Degree in General Social Sciences, she continued to the University of Lethbridge where she earned a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts with a General Social Sciences Major in Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology. Rachael designed her education to compliment her future goal of entering public office prepared and qualified.

To better understand both the people and the nation she wished to serve, Rachael travelled from one side of the country to the other, working as a Youth and Young Adult Sociologist. Conducting research and consulting with not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions, Rachael interviewed thousands of Canadians over a two-year period. Not only was her research valuable to the broader Canadian audience, but the unique opportunity prepared her with an understanding of the forthcoming needs of our nation. Her passion for building bridges between generations took her across Canada as a consultant and public speaker and ultimately pulled her into federal politics.

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At the age of 29, Rachael was elected as the first female Member of Parliament for Lethbridge. 

Her victory was made possible because of the formidable network of volunteers from every age group, faith and ethnicity who partnered with her. Her campaign team was as hard working and diverse as the constituency itself.  Together, Rachael and her team knocked on more than 40,000 doors throughout the Lethbridge riding. 

Recently named one of Lethbridge’s “Top 40 under 40”, Rachael continues to put people first. She attends more than 150 community events every year and enjoys meeting with individual constituents, touring local businesses and celebrating the accomplishments of community organizations. With the stories people share with her, Rachael is able to put a human face to government policies when she speaks as a fierce advocate for Lethbridge in the House of Commons. 

In August 2017 Rachael was appointed by the Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrew Scheer, to serve as the Shadow Minister for Status of Women. Rachael has been a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women since January 2016. From 2015-2017, she served as the Official Opposition Critic for Youth and Persons with a Disability. From April 2016-September 2017 she served as a member of the Standing Committee on Health.  

Giving back to the community through volunteerism has always been important to Rachael. Prior to being elected, she was a member of the Community and Social Development Committee (an advisory committee to City Council), served as a board member and youth mentor on the Lethbridge Youth Justice Committee, and loaned her expertise to the Canadian Mental Health Youth Anti-Stigma Leaders’ Steering Committee. She also volunteered for the Lethbridge 2019 Canada Winter Games bid and the 2015 Alberta 55+ Winter Games. She continues to volunteer at her church and enjoys supporting as many community events as possible.

 

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Since a balanced life consists of more than just work, Rachael also enjoys a number of leisure activities. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Rachael enjoys competing in the Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival at Henderson Lake and looks for opportunities to enjoy the unique beauty of southern Alberta by walking in the Lethbridge coulees or camping in the Rockies whenever possible. A big fan of a properly crafted cup of coffee – a good cup is never far from her hands.

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