I THINK THAT WHAT MOTIVATES ME IS TO TRY AND SERVE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE… TO BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT THE INCLUSION OF ALL FOLKS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR ABILITIES, DOCUMENTATION STATUS, ETC.
Monique lives in Wichita, Kansas, and was nominated by her friend, Natalie. Natalie says, “Monique has a true servant’s heart. She volunteers her time by sharing her talents with multiple boards, and individual volunteer efforts throughout our city and state, including participating as a mentor in the University of Kansas HAWK mentor program that helps first-generation and minority students make a smooth transition from high school to college and as a mentor for the PANDO Initiative that connects young students with mentors in Wichita, KS. Her board participation includes Ascension Via Christi Hospitals, The Arc of Sedgwick County, the Salvation Army, and the Music Theatre of Wichita. When she isn’t serving her community, she supports her mother and sisters and their longtime restaurant, founded by her late grandparents, Connie’s Mexico.”
Monique also volunteers with Ability Point (AP). AP is a nonprofit organization that serves nearly 4,000 persons in Wichita and southcentral Kansas who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Monique’s 19-year-old niece Bela has intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Bela has received incredible support through this service, so Monique shares how important it is for her to volunteer with AP. Monique and her family rally around Bela and ensure that she has a thriving life.
When asked about a mantra, Monique says, “I think that what motivates me is to try and serve as many people as possible… to be intentional about the inclusion of all folks, regardless of their abilities, documentation status, etc.”