Monique Durette is a wife, mother to one pre-school son, step-mother to two teenage step-sons, and an experienced Bookkeeper and Entrepreneur. She has many years of experience in both the non-profit and for-profit business sectors. After the traumatic caesarean birth of her son in 2013, she became very passionate about women having options in maternity care, and has been a member and Director of MCAN since early 2014. She held the position of Treasurer from 2014-2017, and is now the President; she also Chairs the Maternal Mental Health Mandate Committee for MCAN. In addition, she is the founder and co-administrator of VBAC Canada, a Facebook support group. In her spare time, she is a full-time student at Athabasca University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, with the goal of continuing the advancement of advocacy for women’s rights in the childbirth continuum. She also occasionally writes about life, on her blog “The Words of Myself”.