Melissa Twomey

Director of Mental Health & Wellness

Melissa Twomey was born and raised in Kelowna BC, she lives with her partner of 19 years and their fur baby. She is surrounded by both immediate families and close friends. Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology from UBCO and holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She currently studies under the Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education and has 250 plus hours post masters training in trauma. Melissa founded the Mamas for Mamas Mental Health Department and has grown the program to serve over 5000 mamas, papas and caregivers through individual therapy and Wellness Group. Her passion is mental health and wellness and how we can create a comprehensive plan to find joy in all aspects of your life. Melissa supervises the head office mental health department, including supervising Masters level students. She also collaborates with universities such as the University of British Columbia on relevant research topics to the Mamas for Mamas organization.   Melissa is always the organized one on camping trips and never forgets the bottled water. Her favourite dinner is Frank’s chicken and least favourite weather is anything cold!

Other Side of Homelesness

To understand how a mom with a newborn and a toddler can end up living in their car in Canada, we must first re-examine our perception of poverty and the metrics that define it. Our current system does not accurately reflect the cost of living per capita when determining poverty cut-off lines, leaving thousands of caregivers at a disadvantage. Their income might appear adequate when compared to a national average, but in reality, it falls short of meeting their needs.

Addressing homelessness among caregivers and their children involves tackling both relative and absolute homelessness. Relative homelessness refers to those living in inadequate housing conditions, while absolute homelessness involves individuals lacking any form of shelter. Homelessness is more than just a lack of shelter—it's an obstacle to health, stability, and opportunity. Our campaign is committed to creating sustainable solutions that provide not only housing but also the necessary support systems to help families thrive.

By emphasizing advocacy, community engagement, and strategic partnerships, we aim to build a future where every caregiver and child has a safe and stable place to call home.
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