Contributed by: Tatiana Rasco

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share stories of the amazing moms who make a big difference both at home and in their communities. One mom who truly stands out is Rachelle Rasolofo-Czerwinski!

Originally from Madagascar, Rachelle has been active in pursuing philanthropic projects to help people and communities both in Madagascar and in Vancouver. Her initiatives involve assisting Malagasy people to become economically self-reliant, promoting the environment and sustainable ways of living, and advocating for the experiences of parents and caregivers of people with disabilities.

In her new book, “The Life That’s Chosen Me – From Russia with Love?” Rachelle dives into her family’s journey in post-Perestroika Russia from 2003 to 2005. Through her heartfelt narration, she shares the highs and lows of raising her two sons, one of whom has severe disabilities, in a foreign land.

Rachelle faced numerous challenges in creating a warm home and support system for her son Nicholas in particular. Yet, amidst the struggles, her story is also filled with moments of love, laughter, and resilience. Rachelle shares all the messy, funny, and heartwarming moments of being a mom. She has proven that even in the toughest times, love always finds a way.

If you’re looking for something meaningful to read this upcoming Mother’s day make sure to check out Rachelle’s new book! You can purchase it here, on Amazon, or find it at Indigo and all others book retailers. You can also borrow a copy from the Vancouver Public Library (VPL).  Or, you can win a copy if you drop us a comment below and we will enter your name into a prize draw!

Lastly, you can learn more about Rachelle’s journey on the Encouraging Abilities podcast hosted by the Developmental Disabilities Association!

Let’s give a big shout out to moms like Rachelle who go above and beyond every single day. Their love, strength, and unwavering spirit remind us that anything is possible when you lead with love. Here’s to you, Rachelle, and to all the incredible moms and caregivers out there. You’re the real superheroes!