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Reverend CASSANDRA RAE
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.
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/hers.
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 boys. 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 just over four years ago, 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!
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.
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.
Member at Large, Fundraising
Kathleen has spent a lifetime searching for the meaning of life. Over the past 15 years, she has taken courses in Reiki, Pranic Healing and Crystal Healing. Working with energy has transformed her, and changed her view of the world and her understanding of spirit. When asked about the meaning of life, she responds that for her, love, being of service and continually evolving spiritually is really what it's all about. She has dipped in and out of the Centre for Spiritual Living Vancouver for many years. Since moving to the area of South Surrey in 2018, she has been an active supporter of CSL White Rock, joining the board in 2019.
Professionally, she has a BA in Communications with a Minor in English. She has worked in the field of Communications and Public Affairs for over 25 years. The majority of her career was spent in health care with Vancouver Coastal Health and the Fraser Health Authority where she was the director of Corporate Communications for five years. She currently does consulting work in strategic communications, community engagement and fundraising.