BA (U of A), JD (TRU)
Kelly Melnyk is the Director for the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL). Kelly was called to the Bar in 2017. After articling and practicing in Lumby, BC, Kelly moved back to Kamloops and practiced in the areas of criminal law, family law, advance planning, and not-for-profit law. Passionate about issues impacting vulnerable clients, specifically those in the aging population, Kelly has focused much of her career on examining issues of capacity, advance planning in the legal context, and legal decision-making. Kelly sat as a board member with the Centre for Seniors Information in Kamloops for three terms and continues to sit as a board member with the Kamloops Bar Association. Kelly is co-chair of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Advisory Committee on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues. On top of teaching Elder Law and Wills and Estates, Kelly is one of the MacIntyre Cup moot team coaches at Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law.