Government of New Brunswick
Co-chair (Citizens who experienced or are living in poverty)
Monique Richard

Monique Richard has been employed for the past year as an Advertising Consultant for the newspaper l’Étoile de Kent.  

Monique knows from first-hand experience the struggles faced by those who live or have lived in poverty.  In 2005 she became a single mother.  With two children to raise on her own and no money, she turned to the government for help.  She lived on social assistance for about two years and then decided it was time to make a change in her life.  After many meetings with her case worker, who helped her regain confidence in herself, she decided that she needed to get an education so she returned to school.

In 2008 she graduated with honors from Oulton’s Business College in Moncton with a diploma in Business Administration.  Following graduation she worked for the Town of Richibucto as an Administrative Assistant and also for the Kent Centre Chamber of Commerce where she was responsible for organizing a business exposition.

Monique participated in the Final Forum for the Poverty Reduction Initiative as a representative of citizens who live or have lived the experience of poverty.  After that, she became Co-Chair of the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation Board of Directors. She represented the Board of Directors on the Advisory Committee on Health Benefits. The committee submitted recommendations that were at the foundation of Healthy Smiles, Clear Vision, New Brunswick’s dental and vision plan for children of low-income families, as well as the creation of the NB Drug Plan

Monique and her two sons Zacharie, age 14 and Samuel, age 12, currently reside in the area of Saint-Louis de Kent