God we
bring MLA Christine Melnick before Your throne today. Thank You for her service
to the people of Riel, MB and the long hours she sacrifices for her province. May
You bless her today and through this summer season in everything she does. May
Your face shine on her and be gracious to her this year. Thank You for your
kindness and love, Amen.

Born in Winnipeg, Melnick received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and subsequently received a master’s degree in library and information science from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. She has worked for a variety of businesses in the private and public sectors, with experience such fields as in education, advertising and offshore oil. Prior to entering provincial politics, she was employed as a librarian and researcher at the Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre, and was a School Trustee for the Louis Riel School Division of Winnipeg. She was also active in women’s health, human rights, literacy and environmental issues, and sat on the province’s Council on Post-Secondary Education.

Melnick was elected to the Manitoba legislature in 2003 in the south Winnipeg riding of Riel. Following the election, she was appointed Minister of Family Services and Housing, with responsibility for Persons With Disabilities.

Melnick was re-elected in the 2007 provincial election and again in 2011. In September 2007, she was appointed Minister of Water Stewardship. In January 2012, Melnick was appointed Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism.