Melissa resides in Kanata where she is a member of the Katimavik-Hazeldean community association. She has worked at the Ottawa Hospital for the last 17 years. During that time, she has been heavily involved with her Local union, including spending 4 years as the Local's President. Melissa is also a member of the Ottawa and District Labor Council, the Ottawa area council and the Ontario Health Coalition. Additionally, she holds the Provincial seat of Public Policy, for the Health Care Professional's Division of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Melissa has volunteered on both Provincial and Federal campaigns. She has also taken the time to run for Federal office in order to be able to be a part of the decision making process. Melissa remains focused on lobbying all levels of government for universal healthcare, affordable housing and affordable childcare. Her desire is to make Ottawa a more inclusive city where all people thrive, which is why she joined Horizon Ottawa.