I was born and raised in Vancouver. I have nearly 20 years experience working directly with and on behalf of children, families and vulnerable persons impacted by the child serving and criminal justice systems.
I worked as a Child and Youth Advocate with the BC Representative for Children and Youth since its inception in April 2007. In 2013 I became the Associate Deputy Representative, responsible for Advocacy, Aboriginal Relations, Community Outreach and Youth Engagement throughout the province. I am a passionate and experienced human rights advocate, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. Melanie is the BC NDP Candidate for Vancouver Mount Pleasant. She is Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Cree and Ojibway and a proud mother of two.