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Yvonne Monro(Born ROSKAM) Secretary PAWC

I was born in Haarlem, Holland, and spent the first 7 years of my life there. My family decided to immigrate to South Africa in 1951 when Holland was still reeling from the after affects of World War 2. We settled in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town where I grew up and went to school. I was a Founder pupil at Bergvliet High School.

I married and have two daughters aged 41 and 44, one living in the UK and the other in San Francisco.

I had a varied working career, which included working for attorneys, a tyre manufacturer and then the Cruising Association of South Africa, helping to organize the Rio Races and the Whitbread Around the World Race. I sailed back from Rio on one of the yachts in 1976 after a race.

Once the girls were older I returned to work and spent the next 20 plus years working for the University of Cape Town in Plastic Surgery, the Liver Research Unit and eventually General Surgery.

My interests have always been in ceramics and for many years I ran my own pottery teaching studio. When I closed my studio I spent a few years painting, mostly in watercolours. I joined the Constantiaberg Art Society and was on their Committee and wrote their Newsletter for the a few years. However, I missed working with ceramics and in 2003 discovered an Institute which taught the Restoration of Porcelain and Ceramics in Joubertina. This has become my passion in retirement and keeps me extremely busy.

I joined the Tokai Ladies Probus in 2006 and have been on their committee as Secretary, thereafter Vice-President and President in 2012 and 2013 respectively and am currently serving as Past-President and Newsletter Secretary.