Woman of the Week – Sydney Vermeer

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Sydney Vermeer!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership is the ability to understand and utilize not only your own talents, but the skills and strengths within others to accomplish a unified goal. It means selflessness, willingness and integrity – putting your own interests aside and bringing together people from different backgrounds and different skill sets in a positive and productive way.”
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Sydney is a U1 student, from Grimsby Ontario, studying Anthropology and Art History. She is currently a member of the McGill Visual Arts Society and a volunteer for the International Buddy Program. She actively participates in Beyond Me and the iCreate Club, which reaches out to communities outside of McGill.

PC: Chloe Lim

Woman of the Week – Gul Saeed

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Gul Saeed!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership means to lead with both your head and your heart. It is much more than a title. I believe that a person should only take on a role because they feel a certain affinity—a purpose, behind it. Give importance to the people and the process; not only the end goal. Learn from your teammates and let them learn from you. Empower people around you, connect and empathize with them. I hope for a day where a lot more women back home in Pakistan will have the opportunity to be in leadership positions. This inspires me to create a platform for people to voice their opinions, to stand up for themselves and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

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Gul is a U3 student studying Psychology and Neuroscience. While originally from Pakistan, she grew up in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, Gul serves as the Co-President of McGill International Student Network (MISN), which caters to the largest international student body at McGill.

PC: Chloe Lim