Top 40: Melissa Hunt
Contributed - Apr 08, 2021 - People in Business

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Okanagan Edge and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce are partnering to showcase some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs through the “Top 40 Over 40” program.

Sponsored by BDO, the “Top 40 Over 40” recognizes high-achieving professionals in our community and showcases their accomplishments. This marks the seventh year the chamber has conducted a “Top 40” showcase. Honourees will be featured throughout the year on Okanagan Edge.


Melissa Hunt has been executive director of Childhood Connections Okanagan Family & Childcare Society for three years. She supports the organization as it continues to offer high quality referral services, training, early childhood developmental support, and guidance to families and childcare providers in the Central Okanagan.

She chairs three community tables to do with early childhood education, literacy and poverty reduction. The tables’ grassroots work helps ensure community members and agencies work together. She is passionate about early years education and ending the stigma around mental health.

Hunt managed and co-ordinated projects in an adult literacy organization in northern Alberta, where she was an executive director. She also held a senior position in the Community Learning Network there. She’s a leader with her volunteer service clubs, serving this year as West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary president.

In addition, she has been a Rotarian since 2009, holding several leadership roles. In her spare time, Hunt is a volunteer coach for her children’s soccer teams and has been a volunteer tutor and board member for Project Literacy Central Okanagan. She currently sits on the Central Okanagan Partners for Literacy board as well.

She holds a master’s in education from UNBC. Her greatest achievement so far is raising her children in a blended family that boasts four children all within three years of one another. She also holds a first-degree black belt in taekwondo and is active in sports, fitness and nutrition.

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