Melissa Coe is the coordinator of Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) which resources and builds the capacity of the disability advocacy sector in Victoria. Melissa has a passion for disability advocacy and to see bridges built where barriers once were. Professionally, Melissa, in conjunction with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, was a major contributor to the Auslan Interpreting in Public Hospital inquiry. She also coordinated a national conference to discuss and create a plan of action for barriers of accessing Mental Health support for Deaf and hard of hearing people.
In sport, Melissa was involved in Melbourne Deaf Cricket Club committee, before taking a break to focus on her family, and is now back and been heavily involved in implementing programs for Deaf women and children in cricket. She is also a community ambassador for Cricket Victoria. She strongly believes that sports need to be ready for the impact of the NDIS, and build inclusion of disabilities in their programs as the way forward into the future.
Personally, Melissa is a mum to Alex (10), Charlotte (7) and step-mum to twins Lachlan and Rylan (10) and shares a wonderful and happy home raising them with her soon-to-be-husband James. Melissa loves watching and playing cricket, barracks for the Western Bulldogs and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Fun Fact: Melissa once hated Cricket and anything to do with sport whatsoever.