Melissa Hammell grew up in Ottawa and is proud of her Anishinaabe (Kitigan Zibi) and European mixed heritage. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Waterloo, specializing in public speaking and group facilitation.
Melissa has over 15 years of experience working with urban Indigenous communities. She has been involved in the creation of high school enrichment programs, cultural camps, social enterprises and major fundraising events as a coordinator, team lead and manager. Prior to consulting, Melissa was the Director of Development at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, an award-winning centre of excellence in Indigenous-led community healthcare.
As an independent consultant, Melissa offers services in facilitation and project management, working in partnership with clients to create dynamic proposals, projects and events. At the community level, Melissa volunteers for several organizations including the executive of the board of directors at Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth. She has three young children who all share her love for drumming and singing.