Melanie York Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in September 2008, Melanie left her position as Executive Producer at YTV in February 2009. She no longer has the use of her arms and has a full-time caregiver to help her with daily activities. She is working to increase awareness of the disease. She holds the ECE degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. She began her career as an educator working with pre-school children. She then taught English as a Second Language in the community college system for six years. She transferred her child-care skills to the television world when she began her second career producing award-winning Public Service Announcements on bullying. Her strong research background was called upon when she worked on animated stories for Street Kids International. This work of hers was translated into numerous languages and globally distributed. She also developed programs for UNICEF and then moved to YTV where she worked as a producer for 12 years.