Melanie and her partner Michael have been married for 15 years, have three amazing children, and live in the beautiful Township of Woolwich. Melanie was born and raised in Kitchener and has lived in the region of Waterloo her whole life.
Melanie is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Psychology. She had a successful 15-year career with Scotiabank serving in many roles such as Manager of Customer Service and Senior Personal Banking Officer. She always worked hard to build trust and strong relationships with clients, listening to their needs to deliver the support and services required.
Her political experience began in 2014, when she was elected as a trustee for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Melanie is serving her second term as trustee having been the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board. In her work as a trustee, she has proven to be a strong advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, teachers, and staff.
Melanie gives back to her community. She has volunteered in her children’s school on the School Council and as a Strong Start coach helping primary students with their letters, sounds, and words.
Melanie also enjoys volunteering her time at Tiny Home Takeout where they prepare and provide free quality food for all, especially those struggling or unsheltered. She also sits on the board of directors for KW Counselling. Building community is her passion and helping others is important to her.
In her free time, Melanie loves to go on long hikes with her children. Being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature brings her peace and calm. It allows for great discussion with her children and a time to unwind. Melanie is also an avid runner, participating in 5k, 10k and half-marathon races.
Melanie believes that everyone deserves access to the resources and support they need to live a full life. As the Ontario Liberal Candidate, she will continue to work toward this goal for those in her home of Kitchener-Conestoga, and for all Ontarians.
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I am honoured to join the passionate and diverse group of Liberal candidates across Ontario. I am committed to listening with compassion as we work together towards positive and equitable change for all. Melanie Van Alphen