Maheshi Wanasundara moved to Toronto with her parents and brother from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. She graduated from University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science focusing in Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies. Following her post-graduate education, she worked for the Kingston Community Health Centre as a Project Coordinator introducing Social Determinants of Health into their client intake system. Maheshi moved to Vancouver to work as a Volunteer Experience and Engagement Coordinator at the Canadian Red Cross. Volunteering and building community have been her personal values and she is currently volunteering with Battered Women’s Support Services and Beyond the Conversation promoting social inclusivity and mental health.