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Member of Legislative Assembly of British Columbia Melanie Mark to Address Adler Graduates in Vancouver 08.16.16
Member of Legislative Assembly of British Columbia Melanie Mark to Address Adler Graduates in Vancouver

Adler University is pleased to announce that Melanie Mark, a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, will address the graduates at Adler's 2016 Commencement ceremonies in Vancouver.

Commencement will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront. Adler University President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., and Vancouver Campus Executive Dean Bradley O’Hara, Ph.D., will confer the graduates’ degrees.

Ms. Mark is passionate about building communities that thrive on quality social services, prosperous economies, and environmental sustainability. She is the first First Nations woman to serve in the B.C. Legislature, and is a newly elected member of the New Democrat Official Opposition, serving as the Opposition Spokesperson for Children and Family Development.

Ms. Mark previously served as Associate Deputy Representative for the B.C. Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, where she advocated passionately for the rights of children in provincial care. The office is an independent oversight body to the province’s child and youth welfare system, and has an important role in preventing child exploitation and neglect.

Raised in East Vancouver, Ms. Mark has spent much of her life standing up for the Vancouver-Mount Pleasant community in a variety of leadership capacities. She is the former president of the Urban Native Youth Association, and she co-founded the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, a non-profit organization that promotes the safety of Vancouver’s Aboriginal community.

While earning her criminology diploma at Douglas College, Ms. Mark worked with native counselling groups and researched sexually exploited aboriginal children. She went on to earn her bachelor’s in political science and sociology from Simon Fraser University.

Her love of children and young people inspires much of her work. She was a volunteer with Big Sisters Youth Custody Centre, and served as the National Aboriginal Project Coordinator of Save the Children Canada’s Sacred Lives Project. She has also worked with the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC and Covenant House Vancouver.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.