Melissa has worked for 14 years in senior communications roles for local government.

An expert in public and media relations, strategic communications, developing policy, writing, research, editing and marketing, Melissa adds value to any project or team as a leader, innovator and collaborator.

Local government work has immediacy—it’s work that has a direct impact on the lives of citizens every day. Melissa was hired to work for the Resort Municipality of Whistler as the municipality prepared for its role as Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Prior to that she worked for two municipalities in the Capital Region on Vancouver Island.

Melissa holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from Royal Roads University, and has immersed herself in extensive training in emergency operations and crisis communications, as well as conflict resolution, social media, and digital marketing.

Before her local government career, Melissa worked as a massage therapist and professional cook and baker. She has always loved working with her hands and has had a lifelong interest in health and wellness. Her work, as well as volunteer activities (most recently as a board member for Zero Ceiling) have focused on making a difference in people’s lives.

Born in Toronto, raised in England and Calgary, and living on the west coast and coastal mountains of B.C., Melissa now resides with her partner in Pemberton, B.C. She has three kids (one at university now) and a lovely, loud Labradoodle Louis. She loves swimming, summer, storytelling, radio, leisurely bike rides, forest walks, and is an aspiring flower farmer.