Wanda graduated from the University of Victoria in 2001 with a BScN, the University of Manitoba in 2004 with a MN, and the University of Victoria in 2014 with a PhD. Her thesis was on the intersection of food safety and food security as core public health functions in BC.
Since becoming a Registered Nurse, Wanda has worked exclusively in research. Her MN degree was on the perceived risks and surveillance of women with a family history of breast cancer and she also studied decision aids for tamoxifen. She then went on to palliative care research and finally health equity research before beginning her path on food and planetary health. Wanda teaches community health nursing to undergraduate students, and research to graduate students, and supervises graduate students in public health nursing.
Wanda is interested in urban agriculture and community food systems, public health, and reducing health inequalities. She lives in a cohousing complex built to passive house standards with permaculture grounds, solar panels and a shared electric car. Her primary transportation is bicycle.