Not everyone gets invited to Buckingham Palace to receive the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – but Mona Nashman Smith of Edmonton did. Honoured for her work in international education, Mona spent almost 25 years in Germany and Oman developing education for students from around the world.
Headaches forced her to quit. Painful, pulsating headaches that would leave her bedridden for days. An MRI revealed the cause to be a noncancerous growth in her left ear canal. Mona sought help from specialists around the world – what they told her was far from encouraging. The location of the growth made surgery challenging and extremely risky: irreversible paralysis on the left side of her face and deafness in her left ear were almost certain.
As she pondered what seemed like a no-win situation, Mona received a phone call – that changed her life.
With a Masters degree in international education and a doctorate in educational leadership, Mona was more than qualified for the challenge of being CEO and superintendent of an IB World School and responsible for the education of 1200 students representing 73 nationalities. “I loved my work in Oman. I’m very proud of what I was able to do there.”