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Melissa Coomber-Bendsten BEd'02
Humanitarian and Community Service Award

Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen

Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen has been leading the YWCA Regina since 2015, and is the youngest CEO in the organization’s 110-year history, Prior to this, Melissa worked in a variety of community-based agencies such as Regina Alternative measures Program, RCMP Depot, and the YMCA of Regina. Throughout her career, Melissa has demonstrated the capacity to exercise strategic leadership in response to community needs. In both her personal and professional roles, she is a passionate advocate for social justice and change. Melissa is a tireless community leader and connector, who provides integral leadership and guidance in tackling community issues. She is often called upon to bring together service providers and community to work collaboratively and effectively in tackling issues that impact marginalized people in Regina and across the province. Her expertise on community issues, and her unique approaches to leadership and collaboration are a shining example of all that can be achieved when community comes together for the benefit and inclusion of all. As a U of R alum, Melissa credits her time at the University for preparing her for her current role as CEO of the largest and longest-serving women’s organization in Regina. Melissa stands as a reminder that women’s voices must not just be heard but amplified.

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