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A passionate community leader and educator, Monica brings over 25 years of experience in public policy, community activism and ECE instruction in pan-Canadian and international settings.
As an experienced early childhood educator and child care centre director, Monica’s research and practice is grounded in many years of practical experience. She worked for the Saskatchewan government as a child care licensing consultant, inclusion coordinator, and represented Saskatchewan on the Federal/Provincial Early Childhood Working Group which negotiated the terms for the national Early Childhood Development Agreement (2000) and the Multilateral Framework Agreement for Early Learning and Child Care (2003). She was on the national steering committee for the OECD international review of ECEC in Canada (Starting Strong II).
As a former executive director of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, Monica worked closely with early childhood educators, researchers, politicians, and citizens from across the country, pushing child care policy as a high-profile social policy issue. Prior to and during the 2006 election, Monica was a frequent spokesperson in the media, at public events, and on panels, promoting a community vision for a national child care program. She has a long history of political and community activism and is committed to the election of more women at all levels of government.
Monica has published and presented papers and lectures on varied topics, including child care inclusion, ECE in China, and international ECE curricula at the provincial, national, and international levels.
Monica’s post-secondary teaching experience began at SIAST, Saskatchewan’s community college and she later became a sessional lecturer with the University of Regina (Bachelor of Education Program). She worked with First Nations and Metis women in specialized ECE programs through the Regina Friendship Centre and SIAST.
Monica has a Bachelor of Education (Early Years) and Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Regina.