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Monique's school was across the street from the Hastings Community Centre where she would go swimming.

Across from the community center on Hastings street, a seasonal amusement park called Playland delighted Monique throughout her life in Vancouver. Enough cotton candy and roller coasters to ensure permanent childhood.

Before Monique could finish 4th grade at Dr. A. R. Lord, the Ishikawa house was torn down for a freeway on-ramp and they moved to 3423 Lynnmoor Place in the Champlain Heights area of South Vancouver.

Monique relished going to school with her old friend Lia Cosco. She made many new friends at Champlain Heights Elementary at 6955 Frontenac Street, including Stephanie Scott.

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