When she’s not devoting herself as Tourism Marketing Coordinator for the City Owen Sound, Melissa can be found enjoying the creative entrepreneurial aspects of her photography business, Maison Noire – House of Art. Born and raised in the Scenic City, when asked her thoughts on Owen sound, here is what she had to share: "When I think of Owen Sound, I think ‘deep local’. A tourism industry term that instantly resonated with me. Being “local” went deeper than just living here for any given period of time. For me, it meant a “rooted individual within the community”. Someone who takes in everything the area has to offer, appreciating the quaint place where everybody knows your name, and the city where you feel so deeply connected. To be honest, growing up I didn’t always feel this way. I was the girl who was going to be the first to get out this place! It’s amazing to think I ever felt that way. As I have grown up, married, started a career, a side business, and had our 4 beautiful children here… it truly was as though the Sound was calling! It just felt so right. I mean where else can you say the water, trails, and restaurants are all right at your front doorstep? Anyone who appreciates a unique urban district such as ours, is quick to realize that it’s not only “where you want to live”, but it’s also “where you want to work and play”. I want to influence and persuade others to enjoy this gritty, culturally rich, ever changing, and always welcoming community too. Good things are happening here!"