Meet Monique, Our New Practicum Student

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I was born and raised in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples in Vancouver, BC. I currently live in the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III, in Calgary. I am a mother of two young sons that keep me active and creative. I love music, exercise, learning, traveling and being outdoors. I thrive on connecting with people and making sure we laugh as often as possible!

What is your personal definition of feminism?

Choice, equal rights, and equal opportunities for everyone.

What brought you to the Women’s Centre of Calgary?

I volunteered at the Centre in a peer support role before joining as a practicum student. I have always valued the Centre’s community-led focus, trust-based relationships and peer model that supports women in making changes in their own lives and communities.

What’s one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre?

During my time at the Centre, I hope to learn about effective community-based social change and how to advocate for diverse perspectives. I also hope to learn from women’s experiences and learn how to share my own in meaningful ways.

Describe a woman who you admire or who has influenced your life.

My stepmother Mary Lou Takasaki embodied unconditional support for family and strength in her personal values of equality, commitment and respect. She taught me about the peace that can be found through forgiveness and understanding while continuing to strive for social justice. She also loved to laugh!

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