Vanessa Grimaldi Gives Back to the Community

By: Marina Gentile

Just before the Christmas holidays, Vanessa Grimaldi, a special education teacher from Montreal donated $50,000 to the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) through her No Better You Foundation. This money was donated in order to build sensory rooms at four schools in the EMSB for children with special needs.

Although she’s had a whirlwind year winning the ‘Bachelor’ and later ending her engagement with Nick Viall, she put her platform to use by founding the No Better You Foundation in 2017. Her first fundraiser from the summer allowed the first sensory room to be built and unveiled at Coronary Elementary School, along with sensory rooms at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary in Rosemount, Edward Murphy in HochelagaMaisonneuve and Galileo Adult Centre. 

Sensory rooms are designed to help a child learn through more than one sense such as sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste and movement to help the brain develop tactile and kinetic memories. They have unique lighting, music and objects for the children to engage with.

“It’s a therapeutic space for students,” Vanessa explained. “It can help stimulate or calm students down. It heightens awareness, provides security and promotes mental and physical relaxation, which helps individuals realize that they don’t have to feel like they have to be on guard all of the time.”

Since then, Grimaldi has come up with different ways to raise money in order to help more schools. During the past season of the ‘Bachelor,’ Grimaldi auctioned off five of the dresses she wore on her season of the popular television show. All of the proceeds went to her No Better You Foundation in hopes of helping another school during 2018.

If you’d like to bid on a dress or donate to No Better You, check out her website at: https://nobetteryou.org

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