Vancouver. Melanie Mark is the first First Nations woman to serve in the B.C. Legislature, and is a newly elected member of the New Democrat Official Opposition, first serving as the Deputy Spokesperson for Housing and now appointed as as the Official Opposition Spokesperson for Children and Family Development.
Melanie is passionate about building communities that thrive on quality social services, prosperous economies, and environmental sustainability.
Raised in East Vancouver, she has spent much of her life standing up for the Vancouver-Mount Pleasant community in a variety of leadership capacities. She is the former president of the Urban Native Youth Association and she co-founded the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, a non-profit organization that promotes the safety of Vancouver’s Aboriginal community.
Her love of children and young people inspires much of Melanie’s work. She was a volunteer with Big Sisters Youth Custody Centre, and she served as the National Aboriginal Project Coordinator of Save the Children Canada’s Sacred Lives Project. She’s worked with the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC and Covenant House Vancouver.
Prior to her election, Melanie was the Associate Deputy Representative for the BC Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, where she advocated passionately for the rights of children in care. The office is an independent oversight body to the province’s child and youth welfare system, and has an important role to play in preventing child exploitation and neglect.
Melanie is Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Cree and Ojibway and a proud mother of two girls aged five and twelve. She is excited to work closely with her constituents to build a better Vancouver-Mount Pleasant.