Vanessa Vahedi is a second-year student completing her first co-op term with GHS! Vanessa is pursuing a BSc in Health Studies; she is planning on completing a minor in Gerontology and a Health Research specialization. Vanessa’s interests include improving quality care in long-term care settings and learning about the experiences of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; she is passionate about fostering dementia-friendly communities. Vanessa volunteers as a Faculty of Health ambassador; she also volunteered with the homeless and children living in medically underserved areas through positions with WarmWorkers Waterloo and The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). Vanessa also enjoys partaking in pottery and ceramic art as a means of creative expression.