MEET OUR SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

Reverend CASSANDRA RAE

Spiritual Director

Reverend Cassandra Rae is an unexpected minister! She was raised evangelical Baptist and spent her twenties as an angry atheist. She discovered the Centers for Spiritual Living after experiencing a medical crisis that moved her to restore more than just her body. She opened up her heart and began healing old wounds, which led her straight to the unconditional love of Spirit within. Now she is a passionate speaker, teacher, and writer of an empowered spirituality that embraces our humanity, connects with an Inner Source of wisdom and guidance, and realizes our power to co-create a world that works for everyone.

Cultural Bio:
Cassandra was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in a predominately Mexican neighborhood in Salinas, California. She is the youngest of three daughters born to an Inupiaq father and white mother. Her bi-racial ethnic identity has shaped her sense of belonging, agency, and place within her family, community, and the world. She used to see it as a disadvantage as she never felt like she truly fit anywhere – even at home. But, as she’s deepened her understanding of spiritual principle and has walked the path of ministry, she’s learned that all of her identities are serving a Divine Purpose and that her bi-racial super power enables her to walk in different worlds with a new and different perspective. Her preferred pronouns are she/her.

MEET OUR LICENSED SPIRITUAL PRACTITIONERS
We offer prayer support and one-on-one session

Georgia Nieken

Member at Large, Practitioner

Georgia has always been a spiritual seeker and has continuously sought learning opportunities to deepen her personal and spiritual growth. Georgia’s lifelong passion for learning and teaching led her to getting her Bachelor of Education and Masters in Psychotherapy and Leadership degrees. She pursued a 40-year career as an Educational leader and teacher.

Although she is semi-retired, she continues to teach both locally and internationally. Georgia also taught at Simon Fraser University as part of the Education Graduate Program specializing on “How the Brain Learns Best.” She is still married to her first husband since 1975. They have twin daughters and a son, as well as two beautiful granddaughters. Georgia completed her two-year Spiritual Study four years ago through the North American Centre for Spiritual Living and is a registered Spiritual Practitioner/Coach. She has been an active member with CSL White Rock since 2005 and has enjoyed using her skills as a practitioner and board member.

 

Tamara Rossander RScP

Practitioner

Tamara is a long-time, self-help junkie. After completing all the courses with Excellence Seminars International, she realized she was looking for something more. She found the Centre for Spiritual Living White Rock in 2010 and immediately felt at home. The idea that the Creative Spark was behind all things and was in everyone intrigued her. She immediately started taking classes and when Rev Terry asked if anyone would be interested in becoming a practitioner her hand went up instinctively. As a Spiritual Practitioner she is available to support you on your Awakend Path by creating space for Divine Love. "Let’s walk together, to awaken our hearts, expand our lives, and transform the world."

 

She has two grown children and has been married to her husband for 28 years. It is Tamara's joy to share transformational tools of healing—practical and effective ways to practice the Presence while demonstrating the abundance of God inherent in each of us.

Diane Vachon RScP

Practitioner

Although Diane retired from her teaching career with the Burnaby District French Immersion Program, as a classroom teacher and, later, as a Learning Support Teacher, working with special needs students, her passion for learning and teaching continues. She has studied and practiced Reiki, Rebirthing, Transformational Therapy, A Course in Miracles, and more. 

After being introduced to the teachings of Science of Mind, she studied the philosophy with different Ministers. Having been on a spiritual quest her entire life, she was thrilled to discover in the SOM philosophy such soul-enriching truths as: we are all spirit having a human experience. In the fall of 2016, Diane was delighted to graduate as a Religious Science Practitioner. Diane’s intuitive gifts serve to reveal the highest truth in any situations.

Jill Inglis RScP

Practitioner

It's all about loving connection. And listening. Jill's life-long passion, curiosity and deep compassion for others led her to become a Spiritual Practitioner in 2016. Along with her four wonderful Prac Sisters, the Prayer Care Team, Jill joyfully supports others, joining and walking with them through difficulty to a place of comfort. Jill understands and knows loss. Through her own walk through grief, Jill learned compassionate self-care, a tool-kit, to share with those struggling with pain so they too can again discover, recognize and embrace their Magnificence. 

 

Jill invites you, fellow Travellers to Wholeness, to reach out for loving Practitioner support if your path becomes unclear or too rough to move to self-acceptance and love. It's Jill's joy to serve the CSL community through Spiritual Mind Treatments (affirmative prayer), Practitioner Sessions (including grief), Mentoring and Meditation. Jill also officiates funerals, Celebrations of Life and other blessed, sacred events. 

Jana Stocker RScP

Practitioner

Having spent 30 years employed in non-profit agencies, in educational settings, and in community justice, Jana is constantly reminded what an honour it is to walk with others during the difficult moments of their lives. Through this often challenging, but always rewarding work, she has developed a love for circles and community healing. 

Two decades ago, Jana became involved with Science of Mind, while seeking a spiritual philosophy that resonated deeply with her sense of compassion and unity. Five years ago, she entered practitioner training, deepening her relationship with Divinity; Jana's talent for sharing her gained insights is a gift and a blessing. Jana adores animals and nature, as both are stark reminders of Spirit expressing Itself so effortlessly. In her free time, Jana can be found reading, walking, watching a movie, or with one of her wonderful friends.

MEET OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Sherry Dolejsi

President

Motherhood and chasing B.A., B.Ed., and M.Ed. degrees at UBC resulted in a full calendar for Sherry, while she raised two wonderful young men. Even better, each of her sons married amazing women and have become loving, caring, involved fathers to Sherry’s three incredible grandchildren. After 20 years in a whirlwind career as a grade 7 teacher and being inspired by two decades of phenomenal students, Sherry retired in 2017. 

​Uncharacteristically, she moved to a 55+ condo in Abbotsford, vows never to let a day pass without time spent in the hot tub, and her new motto is ‘self-care, self-care, self-care.’ Discovering the Centre for Spiritual Living White Rock, through a chance visit in 2015, is undoubtedly responsible for her recent life-improving changes. Following the 2018 AGM, Sherry was honoured and extremely surprised to find herself installed as the President of the Board of Trustees for CSL White Rock. Yes, Sherry considers herself blessed!

Nancy Lee

Treasurer

Nancy has spent the last several decades (can it really be four?) working for both for-profit and non-profit organizations in management positions in public relations, corporate communications, and event management. In addition, she has successfully navigated self-employment and co-authoring a book on addiction and recovery. By far her proudest achievement is raising her clever and charming daughter, now a young adult about to graduate from university.

After spending several decades (can it really be three?) on a spiritual quest, she found CSL White Rock in 2010 and felt right at home. She is happy to be able to apply her skills to helping grow and evolve CSL White Rock as a board member and editor of the newsletter.

Janet Pope

Secretary

Janet has resided in the beautiful community of South Surrey for 17 years. She loves living close to the natural health clinic where she is employed, and she feels fortunate to work in a job that is both satisfying and fascinating. She raised two wonderful daughters, and now has one terrific grandson. Life since then has been a great adventure when she blended her new partner’s ready-made family of three delightful children, (a son and two daughters,) and a further blessing of four adorable grandchildren with her own.

Ten years ago, Janet was introduced to the teachings of Science of Mind through her daughter; she is so grateful to have this teaching in her life. Janet is thrilled to serve on the Board of Trustees for CSL White Rock, which promotes a strong, healthy community in her hometown.

Tim St. Denis

Member at Large

Tim St Denis has been attending CSL White rock since 2015. He served on the Board of Directors for two years starting in 2016 and as President in 2017. He has taken many courses during his membership with CSL and has experienced immense spiritual growth during this time.

 

Recently, after a career spanning over 40 years, Tim retired from his profession as a Chiropractic Doctor. During that time, he served on several board positions at the provincial and national levels. Tim has a son, who lives in Toronto, and a daughter, who lives in Gatineau, Quebec, which allows him to enjoy his new role as a spiritual mentor to them and, also, as a proud grandparent. Tim is enthusiastic about rejoining the Board of Trustees of CSL White Rock and the spiritual growth that comes with that.

Minh Ta

Member at Large

Minh’s quest to ‘know thyself’ and to discover the truth of reality and of spirituality has led her to find the Center for Spiritual Living. She was hooked when she first heard Rev. Terry Shea speak about spiritual love; something deep within her spirit moved. Her search for a community of like-minds for many years ended that very day in 2015. You could say her greatest assets are her curiosity and her yearning to know God.


Minh embraces community and connection. She enjoys volunteering for Big Sisters and being one of the directors for White Rock Farmers’ Market. Professionally, she is a Realtor and an Associate Broker at HomeLife Benchmark in White Rock. Minh thrives in nature - hiking and biking through the trails and photographing its beauty. She practices yoga and meditation. Minh feels most rejuvenated in the company of friends in a coffee shop or reading a book.

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