Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Rachel Décoste

Motivational speaker, community activist

Is a software engineer, was born and raised in Ottawa.

Holds a Bachelor in Computer Science from the University of Guelph and Project Management training from La Cité Collégiale.

A published poet, she has been a community activist since her youth, engaging in letter-writing campaigns to push for change in issues close to her heart: working with the Children's Aid Society to mentor foster children for over 15 years, assisting in the care of seniors at La Résidence St-Louis, and participating in the regional effort to save the Montfort Hospital, among many other activities.

Has a strong record of volunteerism: she received the Volunteer Appreciation Award for her efforts with the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund, a charitable organization which awards bursaries to bright disadvantaged students. She has served on the Event Committee of the Famous 5 Foundation from its inaugural year in Ottawa.

Is a member of the Selection Committee for the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case since 2008.


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