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Fatima Waheed: Why become a GEMgirl?

Fatima Waheed was one of our amazing GEMgirls in 2015-16. Her mentor was Natalie Ceccato. We interviewed her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about the GEM program?
-My favorite part about the GEM program was being part of the Influencers of Tomorrow Summit. I found the event very engaging and knowledgeable. I enjoyed being surrounded by strong independent women who were trying to help Toronto become more inclusive. Attending the summit affirmed the idea that girls can make a difference and that we can change tomorrow.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-GEM is my greatest achievement. The GEM program equipped me with skills for my future and gave me something to be proud of. Not only did they help me to be more confidence, but also opened many doors for me. I had the opportunity to apply and win one of the GEM scholarships because of the skills I received from the GEMinars. GEM made me believe that change is possible and that we need to help empower all.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m currently a first- year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough. I’m studying Psychology and Health Science. Also, I’m the Finance Director of the school’s Muslim Student Association.

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in joining GEM program?
-It’s a life changing experience where you will develop skills that will benefit your future. GEM will open so many doors for you. You will also make great connections that will always be there for you. GEM is a great support system that will help keep you on task and make sure you are taking the right steps to have a successful future.