Melanie has been working to improve the lives of youth in care for over 15 years. She is a former youth in care, a PhD candidate and Sessional Instructor at McGill University and a Research Assistant at the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF). Her doctoral research, Relationships Matter for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care, provides a platform for youth from care in proposing recommendations relevant to policies and interventions targeted to young people 'aging out' of care. Her efforts have earned her SSHRC and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctorial scholarships and awards. In 2015, Melanie co-founded a peer support group, the Montreal Youth in Care Alumni Student Association (MYCASA), which is still active to this day.