Mélissa Basque is originally from Tracadie, New Brunswick; she has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a bachelor's in multidisciplinary studies from the University of Sherbrooke, Québec. She started her career in the private sector, working in the area of human resources in Montréal. She then worked for the government at the Québec Workplace Health and Safety Commission (CSST). When she decided she wanted to return to New Brunswick, she was lucky enough to find positions at Entreprise Restigouche and then CBDC Restigouche.
For more than a year, Ms. Basque has been the Project Coordinator for Déplacement Péninsule, a community transportation service which is part of the Acadian Peninsula's Community Inclusion Network (RIC-PA). This opportunity was perfect for Ms. Basque, enabling her to return to the region where she was born and to contribute to her community. Déplacement Péninsule was launched in June 2015, when it provided its first ride. Ms. Basque hopes to develop community transportation services more widely throughout the Acadian Peninsula.