Melissa Kate Wheeler
Melissa Kate Wheeler was born in Montreal, and has spent her life living, working, and learning in Quebec. Her professional endeavours have allowed her the great privilege of thoroughly exploring Quebec, but she is also driven to develop a stronger understanding of Canada. She started this mission by spending time on both coasts, Ontario, and the prairies. She has been inspired by the consistently kind Canadian people, and by our land's natural beauty. She is filled with an unignorable need to protect this place and all its inhabitants.
Melissa completed a BA in Political Science at Concordia University, during which she has focused primarily on Quebec and Canadian identity, our culture and place in the world, and our relationship with each other.
Like many Quebecers, Melissa has been an activist all her life. Last year, she served as President of the Concordia Student Union, where she managed a team of seven vice-presidents and a staff of forty. She was responsible to a membership of 33,000 undergraduate students, and was their primary spokesperson to external media, the university's administration, and at the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec. Melissa’s team spearheaded several sustainable initiatives, which continue to positively impact the community.
As a teenager, she campaigned at her high school and in her community for gender and sexuality rights, a mission she continued at university, where she advocated strongly for healthy romantic relationships.
Volunteering is a huge part of Melissa’s life. She was fortunate to spend six months serving on the Centre for Gender Advocacy's board, and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Green Party of Quebec.
Melissa currently works in fundraising for the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, where she supports cancer patients, their families, and people inspired to make a difference. Her family lives and works in NDG/Westmount. She has two younger sisters, two wonderful parents, and a dog named Frodo.
Melissa is running in 2015 because she believes the Green Party is the only party putting forward policies that will allow us to build strong communities and a healthy planet.
The Green Party of Canada is excited to have Melissa Kate Wheeler as our candidate in the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount.