Equestrian SpecialistLauren Sorel
Lauren Sorel is our on-site Equestrian Specialist of diverse talent; to Fraser Valley Treatment Center she contributes a lifelong fascination with human nature and the mysteries of the universe. An avid student and relentless researcher, Lauren can usually be found deep in thought, synthesizing information, from a vast array of social sciences, medical literature on neurobiology, a wealth of spiritual knowledge and ancient mythology, even quantum physics. A wordsmith, she has a degree in Creative Writing; her memoir, a longstanding work in progress, endeavours to explain that our life’s greatest troubles are also its greatest gifts.
However, it is often her first love, of horses, that Lauren credits for blessing her with the patience and courage to find her way, on the sometimes wayward path, to health and happiness. Whether she’s playing cowgirl, tending to racehorses, or catering to showjumpers, her equestrian experience is varied and versatile. The wisdom of horse has taught her much about the world around her and the people in it. She’s even had the privilege to explore a few corners of the globe by horseback — riding breathtaking treks in New Zealand, Guatemala, Mexico, South Africa, Botswana, multiple US states, and both coasts of Canada.
Her innate compassion and connection with those of all colour, culture, and creed, stems from her own mixed race background, colourful extended family, and altruistic legacy of human rights advocacy that has often been the defining characteristic of her family lineage on both sides, for centuries. Notably, her late great-grandfather, Yee Clun, was publicly memorialized during Canada’s recent 150th Birthday celebrations in Regina, Saskatchewan, for his landmark contribution made to the legal history of our country; his humble fight against systemic racism, honoured 100 years later. Upholding the family values is something she is deeply dedicated to. Therefore, Lauren admits, that perhaps she should also credit her family — and not just her horses and her troubles — for impressing upon her the greater meaning that she implements in her day-to-day life at home and at Fraser Valley Treatment Centre.