Meet our team

Our team shares a love for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. Have you had a chance to meet them yet?

staffphotoChristina Rzepa is the full time Constituency Assistant for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. She has worked as an outreach worker and health researcher with populations experiencing homelessness, marginalization, mental health and addiction issues for many years in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. She has a Masters Degree in Public Health from SFU and a BA in Women’s Studies from UBC. This academic background and extensive work experience informs her intersectional approach to front line work with constituents, and fuels her drive to create long-term systemic change. Christina can often be found on stage with her cello or behind the scenes at special events in Vancouver, and loves VMP’s abundance of great food, standup comedy and craft beer!

Sam Ponting lives off Commercial Drive and cherishes her short walk to the office. She has a passion for community building and has worked in communications, community education, and research. Sam has a Master’s in Political Economy from Carleton University. When she’s not in Melanie’s office, you can find Sam working as the Program Coordinator for Next Up BC, where she delivers a variety of leadership training programs that empower people to be catalysts for social change. She loves music and is currently enthralled in the drums. One of her favourite places in VMP is her drum space off Clark Drive, and would love it if VMP had more community spaces for the arts to flourish.