As the President & CEO, Melanie has helped to raise over $125 million since joining the Victoria Hospitals Foundation 24 years ago. She was previously at the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation as their first Director of Development.
She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, has completed the ICD Governance Essentials course for Not-For-Profit directors and is a fellow of the Community Shift Program at the Ivy School of Business. She is also a Certified Fundraising Executive.
Melanie currently sits on the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council of Foundation Executives and served on the B.C. Medical Services Commission for 7 years. She has served on the MedicAlert Foundation Board of Directors, is past President of the BCIT Alumni Association and was a volunteer Big Sister through Big Brothers and Big Sisters for 10 years. She is a regular speaker for the UVIC Peter Gustavson School of Business MBA and undergrad programs on values-based leadership.
She was nominated as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2003 and received a British Columbia Community Achievement Award in 2008. The Victoria Hospitals Foundation was honoured as One of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures (Broader Public Sector) in 2017 and Melanie also received a Leadership Victoria Community Leadership Award in 2017.