Neha Shaikh

Co-VP Leadership Development

I always wanted to be a social worker as a child, people like Mother Teresa and Abdul Sattar Eidhi were my inspiration. I spent six years of my childhood in Pakistan. I could afford a lot of things but there were friends of mine in school who could not attend Christmas parties because their parents did not have enough money to buy them new clothes. I heard about Engineers Without Borders from an elder sibling of mine when I was in high school. I heard about the great work EWB did such as building houses for people and talking to Members of Parliament to bring long term sustainable policies. At the end of my 1st year in McMaster, I got selected as Co-VP for Leadership Development. Thanks to Sa'ida Shdaifat and Haque Shahamat for putting their trust and hope in me. We partnered up with an amazing charitable organization in dowtown Hamilton known as Empowerment Squared.


Empowerment Squared works with families who come from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. Helping them adjust to Canadian schooling system and in any other way they can. We started with a team of 7 Volunteers who would go to Empowerment Squared and help with the Academic Mentoring. By the end of the year, we have a team of around 20 students who do not only help out with Academic Mentoring but also help run Digital and Literacy Workshops. It was an amazing experience forming relationships between two different organizations, forming and leading the teams. At the end of the day, the effort is worth it because we get to help students in school whose future can be brighten by a little effort from us.

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