Valerie Ward was born and raised in Surrey, B.C. After completing high school, she attended the University of Guelph in order to pursue a degree in Biomedical Sciences where she also competed as a varsity swimmer. As a result of her experiences, including traveling to remote villages in Thailand with “Where There is Not a Doctor”, her focus has shifted from the health of one cell or person to the health of a community or larger populations and the social determinants of health. She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Community Health at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research interests include sustainable relationships between primary care physicians and the communities in which they are practicing, as well as sustainable methods for program development within Indigenous communities. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys swimming, basketball, skiing, (and all other sports), cooking, photography, being outdoors, crafts, and spending time with family and friends.