Board of Directors

We are a woman-led volunteer collective. Together we accomplish and share the 'work' of MCAN. Distributed throughout the province of Alberta are Regional Representatives and Board of Directors

President:  Monique Durette is a wife and mother to one toddler son, step-mother to two teenage step-sons, and an experienced Bookkeeper and Entrepreneur. She has years of experience in both the non-profit and for-profit business sectors. She currently runs Little Monkeys Playhouse, a dayhome in Airdrie, and writes about life on her blog The Words of Myself. After the traumatic birth of her son, 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. She Chairs the Maternal Mental Health Mandate Committee. She is also the founder of VBAC Canada Facebook Support Group.

Secretary: Joelle Morrisey is a mother who is passionate about women's choice in maternity care. She is an active volunteer in Airdrie and Calgary and enjoys homeschooling her oldest son. Maternity, birth, and postpartum care have long interested her, especially after the birth of her four children. She is looking forward to helping give a voice to women in Alberta.


Treasurer: Gates Durette is a husband, a father to three sons, and a student at Mount Royal University, pursuing an education in Law. He brings diverse bookkeeping and business knowledge to the role of Treasurer. After witnessing the birth of his youngest son, he has become a firm believer and supporter of women's choice in maternity care matters and of fully informed, uncoerced consent. He brings the unique perspective of the "supporting partner" to his work and role with MCAN.

Registrar:  Samantha is a mom to four young boys, wife to one amazing husband, and currently resides in Okotoks, Alberta with her family. She is also an experienced Registered Nurse in Labour & Delivery. After a traumatic and unnecessary 3rd cesarean delivery, she set out on a personal journey to find healing and empowerment, and had a vba3c (vaginal birth after three cesareans) with the birth of her fourth child in 2016. Her fourth pregnancy was mostly unassisted due to difficulty finding a supportive provider. This, along with her experiences in prior deliveries both personally and professionally, led her to speak out publicly regarding access to supported choices in labour and delivery. She participated in a nationally-televised news interview highlighting issues in Canadian Maternity Care as well as spoke of her own personal journey. Samantha hopes to better support women and families by being an advocate for choices in childbirth and a voice for change to current non-evidence based practices in care, as well as validating and supporting women whom have had a traumatic experience on their own journeys.