Rachel Howe

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Unsung Heroes

Revealing the Remarkable in Seemingly Ordinary People

Rachel Howe

In her time working at the Narrogin Library as a Library Technician, Rachel created an environment there, many people agree, that made them feel they were walking into a home, not a workplace. People left feeling better than they did when they came in.
Wonderfully creative and having an ability to connect with everyone, especially the smallest children, Rachel's "Baby Rhymetime" was always a delight for mothers and babies.
Rachel ran activities to connect parents and foster relationships in the community and introduced programmes for children to encourage their development.

As Library Manager, Rachel identified and nurtured the talents of those around her, inspiring confidence in others to be their best. She never spoke ill of anyone and her staff of that time credit her with leading by example with kindness, empathy and integrity.

Now working for Share and Care, Rachel's work involves outreach, networking and advocacy to improve services for rural women and their families.

With particular interests in books and literature, Rachel enjoys Book Club, painting and art, a talent influenced by that of her artistically gifted mother, Sue. Beginning in high school, being involved in Fiddler on the Roof, Rachel, with her fine singing voice, went on to perform, in her teenage years and early twenties, in theatre and musicals. Her favourite productions include comic opera Orpheus of the Underworld, Blythe Spirit, Oliver! and the times in repertory acting under the direction of her father Les, an experienced performer himself. Mother of three, Ashley, Helen and Simon, family is most important to her and Rachel's husband Anthony is a power of support.

A heroine to many, Rachel can be found quietly helping those in need, genuinely, humbly and tirelessly. She is guided by the principle that everyone needs someone to hold a light for them in times of need.

"You cannot sum up Rachel because she is eternal. She is the truest form of nurturing love I have ever met." So speaks one of those who nominated Rachel for this project.

Unsung Heroes

Revealing the remarkable in seemly ordinary people

Portrait painted by Graham Smith 2020.

Text compiled by Jan Smith from notes provided with the nomination in 2020.

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