Melynda Jarratt is the leading authority on the history of the Canadian war brides of the Second World War. Originally from Bathurst, Melynda has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts in History from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. She wrote her Master's Thesis on the New Brunswick war brides of the Second World War and has continued to document their story for more than twenty years. Melynda also has a diploma in Digital Media and Design and runs her own information technology company in Fredericton specializing in heritage, arts, and culture. She runs the authoritative website on the history of the Canadian war brides at www.CanadianWarBrides.com.
Melynda has written extensively on the history of war brides for print, television, radio, and internet media. She has worked as consultant for the Queen Mary II History of Cunard Exhibition, Statistics Canada Portraits of Canada, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Canada Post. She has appeared in television and radio documentaries as subject-matter expert for History Television, Radio-Canada, TFO, CBC, and BBC-Radio 4. She is the co-author of Voices of the Left Behind (Dundurn 2006) and War Brides: The stories of the women who left everything behind to follow the men they loved (Tempus 2007). Melynda was the driving force behind the Year of the War Bride in 2006 and organized its 60th anniversary launch at Pier 21 on February 9, 2006. She also curated an exhibition on New Brunswick war brides at the York Sunbury Museum in Fredericton. She has appeared six times before the Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and the Senate Committee on Science and Social Affairs as an expert witness on war bride citizenship. She played a leading role in the passage of the "Lost Canadians" Bill C-37 in April, 2008. She lives in Fredericton with her husband, Dan Weston.