My Melbourne with……Monique Edwards

December 16 / 189

Jean-Pierre Scherlinck (FVAS), Judith Alcorn (Sustainable Campus) and Monique Edwards checking out bees on campus.
Jean-Pierre Scherlinck (FVAS), Judith Alcorn (Sustainable Campus) and Monique Edwards checking out bees on campus.

My Melbourne introduces the people who keep our not-so-little community buzzing, what they do with their working days, and what they've learned along life's journey.

What is your job name and work unit?

I’m the Sustainability Communications and Events Coordinator at Sustainable Campus.

How did you come to work at the University?

I was studying my Master of Global Media Communication degree in 2012, and got an amazing internship in 2013 with the University’s central media/comms team. Since then, I have worked in various roles, including at the Australian-German Climate and Energy College and the EU Centre, and I’ve been working with the Sustainable Campus team since last year. Having moved across different offices, I’ve developed a broad understanding of communication techniques.

Describe your typical day? 

Cycling to work, collaborating with my team, and engaging with others from various departments. Depending on the week, I’ll be putting together materials for our newsletter, promoting or organising an event, or offering advice to staff who are also passionate about sustainability or want to learn more.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

Creativity is a big thing for me. I’m always looking for new and inventive ways to engage with the University community and meet up with others around campus who want to start up exciting new projects, like the Bee Club we set up earlier this year with Professor Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck.

What’s your favourite thing about working at the University?

Working in sustainability, you get to meet so many staff and students throughout the University who are keen to make a difference and take action within their departments and faculties. It’s very inspiring.

What’s something that your colleagues might not know about you?

Many of my colleagues probably don’t know about my diverse job background. Because my family moved around a lot, I have developed quite a long list over the years:  babysitter, writing tutor, grocery store baker, library assistant, uni admin, maternity clothing retail assistant, community television intern, barista, TV news production officer, dorm resident assistant, party supply shop worker, pet sitter, radio/print news intern, factory worker, data entry person, enviro volunteer, uni media officer, uni comms and events coordinator. 

Where do you get your coffee?

My favourite place to stop by for coffee or tea is at our Furniture & Reuse Service on Berkeley Street. Nick Swan and the Re-use team use a discarded coffee machine (in perfect condition!) and always have a nice selection of teas. The best thing is the location though – sipping tea or coffee while being surrounded by furniture, equipment, computers and other objects being circulated around the campus and given a second, third, fourth life and so on.  It makes the tea and coffee experience even more satisfying!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

When working night shifts at a grocery store in my teens, I remember one of the workers used to tell me that as a writer, I should always keep telling stories, especially for those like him who don’t feel as though they have a voice in society. I’ve never forgotten that and if I can accomplish this in any way, big or small - whether it’s for social justice or the environment - it would be my most proud achievement.


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