Monique was ordained deacon on May 1, 2016. She has a Masters in Canadian Heritage and Development Studies from Trent University in Peterborough, a PhD in History from McGill University in Montreal and she received her Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College in Toronto. She has lived in three Canadian provinces. Having spent her early years in Winnipeg, she grew up in Montreal, lived for three years in Peterborough, Ontario and moved to Markham nineteen years ago. Her involvement in church life over the years in different parishes has included time teaching Sunday School, leading youth group, singing in the choir, serving as lay reader and service leader, leadership in Alpha Courses, serving as rector’s warden and as people’s warden. Prior to following her call to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church, she worked as a buyer, spent many years as a university teaching assistant and, more recently, worked as a policy researcher/analyst. Monique is an animal lover, who, in her free time enjoys long walks, bicycle rides, reading, writing, travel, cooking, drawing and, when time permits, painting. She has three grown step-children and five grandchildren from ages 5 to 19. She lives in Markham with her husband, Deryk.