near+dear's principal planner, melissa, has been planning and coordinating events for over 10 years. she planned corporate events during the day, studied event management at george brown at night. On the weekends, Melissa dedicates her time to DIY projects, coordinating fundraiser galas, and throwing showers and dinner parties for her friends. her strong organizational skills come from her background in the financial industry and a non-for-profit organization. melissa loves hearing about proposals, drinking lattes, avocados, watching movies and going for long walks with her husband.