Monique Best

Director of French Programs

After three years as the HIPPY Ottawa program Coordinator, Monique joined the Mothers Matter Centre Summer 2020.  Result driven and with a solid work ethic, she promotes and oversees the growth of programs offered in French (HIPPY, SMART & Bond to Literacy), supports new Francophone program sites’ coordinators and promotes Francophone HIPPY delivery to existing sites. She also develops and delivers pre-service and in-service training to Francophone HIPPY Coordinators and Home Visitors.  

Monique has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a PhD in Intercultural Relations; she studied in Moncton, New Brunswick and then in Sherbrooke, Québec. Life and work experiences shaped her career path to pursue working with and for refugee and immigrant families’ growth and well being. She loves to take on new challenges and projects, such as the Collaborative Learning Communities for the French Eastern Ontario Public School Board, CEPEO, and the first Pop Up Book Distribution event in Ottawa with First Books Canada. During her free time, she enjoys baking, yoga and discovering new paths during her nature walks.