Melissa moved to the Niagara Region twelve years ago to be with her husband, a lifelong resident of Niagara and professor at Niagara College for nearly twenty years. Both of Melissa’s children were born at Welland County General Hospital and attend a Welland public school.
Melissa serves on two city committees; the Welland Transit Advisory Committee, and the Welland Public Library Board. Melissa is a Member at Large on the Niagara Centre NDP Provincial Riding Association Executive and has been working to protect Niagara Centre water rights as a member of the South Niagara Chapter, Council of Canadians. Melissa holds an Honours Bachelor of Science with majors in biology and psychology, and worked for five years in Toronto's pharmaceutical industry.
Melissa has found a natural home with the Ontario NDP where she can combine critical thinking, science, and social justice to bring about positive change. Her education and work experience make her an outstanding advocate for health care, mental health issues, and pharmacare. Her biology courses and interest in water protection make her an excellent environmental advocate.
When Niagara College part time teachers were forced to fight for fair working conditions, Melissa was on the front line, engaging media, and shining a light on the realities of precarious work, earning her the endorsement of OPSEU local 242. Melissa believes that everyone should have the opportunity to work for a fair wage, own a home, and raise a family.