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Monica’s first contact with Rotary occurred in the 1990’s when her son, Matthew, was selected as a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Switzerland, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ginninderra. She subsequently joined the Club in 2001, and has held many positions, including International Service Director, Membership Director, Club Secretary and President in 2008-09.
At the District level, Monica has been a member of the former Group Study Exchange Committee and the Ambassadorial Scholars Committee (now the Global Grant Scholars Committee), as well as Chair of Interplast. She was District Secretary in 2011-12, and was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow, Second Sapphire Pin, for her contribution to the District that Rotary year.
Monica was awarded Key Rotarian in 2012, the first woman to receive this Award in the District. She is also a member of the Paul Harris Society.
Monica was an Assistant Governor (2011-14), and a Faculty member of the Rotary Leadership Institute during that same period. She was District Service Projects Director as well as a member of the District training team in 2013-14, and District Youth Chair in 2014-15.
Professionally, Monica joined the Commonwealth Department of Education after a short period as a secondary school teacher. During her career in that Department, she worked in the key areas of Commonwealth focus in education: Higher Education, International Education and the challenging area of Indigenous Education. She currently works on a part-time basis as an education consultant to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
Monica is widowed, and has two adult children; in addition to Matthew, she has a daughter, Justine. Both are lawyers: Matthew works in Canberra, while Justine is currently working with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
In addition to Rotary and her consultancy work, Monica is involved with the Canberra-Versailles Association and the Alliance Francaise de Canberra. She enjoys walking and keeping fit at the gym, and is the proud grandmother of two grandsons, Thomas and Richard.