I recently had the opportunity to have breakfast with our school President Sana Fatima. Over the course of an hour or so Sana outlined for me her vision of leadership and gave me a glimpse into who she is as a person. Sana is a very passionate, caring soul who clearly has everyone's best interest at heart.
Sana brings with her a strong work ethic and clear vision of her future. She is the eldest in a family of three children who all live at home with both parents. Sana very proudly proclaims that both her parents have been very supportive in guiding and caring for her growth. She attributes her work ethic to the values instilled in her by her mother and father and extended family. She made specific reference to her cousin who just finished a law degree at the University of Nottingham in England. Sana sees her cousin as her role model because of her passionate and humble determination. In our brief conversation, I found Sana as having these very traits. She is very kind, humble and sincere in her description of her family and work ethic.
As an honour roll student of Sullivan Heights, Sana does very well in all her academic studies. It is evident that she takes her education very seriously. Her future plans are to attend UBC, do an undergrad degree in sciences then go into medicine specializing in paediatrics. She envisions herself being a force of change in the world with a special interest in global issues and humanitarianism. Her plan is to one day work as a pediatrician for Doctors Without Borders. Sana views her life as an adventure in self-discovery. She is an avid writer and values every opportunity to get out and meet new people. As I sat and listened to her outline her vision for success, I was thoroughly impressed by her infectious charismatic charm.
Sana’s mission for her presidency is to collectively raise the social awareness and sense of caring at Sullivan Heights. Her vision is based on the belief that we all share the common investment of school being a stepping-stone for our future. She explained that if we collectively make it more enjoyable and engaging, then the whole school experience will be richer and more meaningful for everyone. It is clear that Sana values empathy and caring and is dialed into the social emotional pulse of the school. Her vision to achieve this includes role modeling a sense of fairness and trust, spreading positive energy, getting to know as many students as she can and continually working to make school enjoyable, comfortable and safe for everyone.
One aspect of Sana's vision of leadership that particularly struck my attention was her desire to help build greater capacity with the younger student council members. This is significant because it speaks to her understanding that time is limited and that an effective leader always seeks to leave a lasting legacy of improvement. Very inspirational!
As we concluded our conversation, I asked Sana what legacy she wants to leave behind at Sullivan Heights. With wisdom beyond her years, Sana told me that…
“A legacy is something that is evident when you look at the people you’ve worked with and the impact you’ve had on them. As Student Council President, and even just a regular student at Sullivan Heights, I want to make a small change that will eventually build up to something greater. I wish to instill in my peers the desire to be a leader. I want to help them realize their own potential and help them gain the confidence to step up in their own lives and create change. Sometimes this means setting a good example and sometimes it means encouraging others to get involved. If I've learned one thing as I am growing up, it is that it only takes one brave individual to make a difference."
It is clear that Sana has the passionate caring determination needed to be successful leader. With great anticipation and excitement, we all look forward to working with Sana and her council as they strive to make Sullivan Heights a better place for everyone.