I was raised with deep roots in charity.
My parents have been committed to an organization called L'Arche since before I was born. It's actually how they met (so cute!). My childhood revolved around this awesome community of people with disabilities and the warm hearts of those who support them. I lived in a duplex home for years with some of the people you'll see below. And it was awesome. As an only child, I had kid-like friends to watch Power Rangers and play games with. Looking back, I realize what an incredibly unique experience it was for me. I learned how not everyone shares the same advantages in life, how we're all blessed with different skills, and to appreciate what people can contribute at any level regardless of disability/ability. Most of all I learned that compassion is such a powerful thing.
And so now I have the opportunity to share my gift with causes that resonate with me. I get to meet amazing people, photograph them and ultimately tell their story and help shed some light and awareness on their challenges and triumphs. Once a month I try to photograph a cause that resonates with me. For free.
So if you have an organization in mind that needs photographs to tell their story, send me an email because my Heart Projects are here to help.
You can find out more about L'Arche Winnipeg here:
"MONIQUE EXCEEDED EVERY EXPECTATION MY ORGANIZATION HAD FOR OUR 2016 DISTRIBUTION TRIP. WE SOUGHT OUT A LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO CAPTURE STILLS AND VIDEO FOOTAGE OF OUR ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION TRIP IN ORDER TO COMPILE ENOUGH CONTENT FOR OUR REPORT VIDEO WHICH IS SCREENED ANNUALLY AT OUR CROSSING PLAINS GALA. "
"NOT ONLY DID MONIQUE COME WITH AN AVID ARRAY OF EXPERIENCE, BUT HER RAW TALENT IS INDESCRIBABLE. MANY WOULD SAY THAT PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKE PICTURES AND HAVE AN EYE FOR A "GOOD SHOT", MONIQUE HAS AN INSPIRING EYE ABLE TO CAPTURE HAPPINESS, GRIEF, HOPE, FAITH, LOVE. SHE HAS THE ABILITY TO TELL AMAZING STORIES THROUGH HER PHOTOGRAPHY AND WE WERE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE HER TELL OURS. SHE IS NOT ONLY A PHENOMENAL ARTIST, SHE'S A GENUINE GOOD HEARTED PERSON WITH A PASSION FOR LIFE THAT STRETCHES SO FAR BEYOND HERSELF. SIMPLY AMAZING."
- CAT ROSS FOUNDER OF K.I.D.S. INITIATIVE