Opposition Critic for Advanced Education, Youth and Labour Market Development
204-402 Baker St., Nelson, V1L 4H8
At the age of 31, Michelle became the first woman elected as MLA in Nelson-Creston. Seven years earlier, in 2002, she set another record as the youngest person ever elected to Nelson City Council.
Michelle serves as opposition critic for Advanced Education, Youth and Labour Market Development.
Michelle's university studies and her career in community development have allowed Michelle to champion social justice and financial security both in her community and internationally. Eventually, her experience brought her to Zambia, where she worked to better the lives of girls with HIV/AIDS. As a passionate speaker and volunteer, Michelle continues to be a strong voice for the Kootenays.
- Nelson City Councillor, 2002-2005.
- Community Coordinator, Nelson Committee on Homelessness and a tireless advocate for affordable housing.
- National Programs Assistant, YWCA Zambia.
- Managed Nelson food security and micro-finance non-profit organizations.
- BA Honours in Political Science from University of Alberta.
- MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University.
- 2008 Recipeint of the National Social Sciences Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
- Bilingual in English and French.
Michelle and her partner Zak reside in their Nelson home. They enjoy skiing, hiking, local arts and being active in the region.