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MLA: Christine Melnick – Reil

Thank-you, Father for MLA Christine
Melnick. I pray that she would be
strengthened, encouraged and comforted by You. As she serves Manitoba may she experience Your peace and Your
empowerment to accomplish all tasks set before her. Give her wisdom beyond measure and creative
ideas as she works to promote women’s health and human rights. Strengthen bonds in her personal
relationships and allow her times of rest and refreshing to rejuvenate her
spirit. May she find favor with You and
with those she serves.  In the Name of
Jesus, 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.