Monica Gurdjian was born in Bucharest, Romania into a multicultural and multi-faith family. Her mother was an Austrian operetta singer of Jewish descent and her father, a Roman Orthodox Armenian surgeon. They were the typical Iron Curtain refugees – fled with nothing to Vienna in the hope to start a new life in freedom. Unfortunately their first year of “freedom” in Austria was informed by prejudice and lack of employment opportunities and they eventually made their way to Iran , where they found acceptance and a true home for 13 years until they immigrated to Canada.
After 35 years of pursuing several interesting careers (the United Nations, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and managing her own international management consulting firm) Monica and her husband now enjoy their retirement and divide their time between Victoria, British Columbia and Tucson, Arizona.