Vanessa West is a role model and leader in the Lheidli T’enneh (lead-lee tennay) Band and in the wider Prince George area. As an elected member of the Band Council, Vanessa is committed to the betterment of the community as a whole. Vanessa held the position of the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty Administrator through the Band’s complex treaty process. Vanessa initiated the Youth Treaty Council to include youth in a responsible and recognized part of the process. Vanessa has been active in the Northern Family Services, Prince George Native Friendship Centre, the Highway of Tears Symposium, Take Back the NIght and the Mission Indian Friendship Centre. Vanessa dedicates herself to the betterment of her community and does so with diligence and compassion.