Winona Bhatti won Enactus Canada's 2016 HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow for Western Canada award.

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Winona Bhatti recognized as woman leader of tomorrow

Enactus SFU also pick up awards at Western Canada regional exposition

March 24, 2016
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SFU Beedie business student Winona Bhatti has been recognized as one of tomorrow’s female leaders by Canada’s largest student leadership organization, Enactus Canada.

She accepted the 2016 HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow for Western Canada award earlier this month at the 2016 Enactus Canada Regional Exposition in Calgary.

The award recognizes, celebrates and honours female university and college students—on a regional and national level—who exemplify success and inspire their peers, community and country through entrepreneurial leadership.

Bhatti, who is currently Enactus SFU’s president, has volunteered more than 9,000 hours over the past five years, inspiring and improving the quality of life for more than 6,500 individuals through her entrepreneurial action. She has also raised more than $235,000 and created more than 150 new community partnerships.

“True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders,” says Bhatti, quoting business author Tom Peters. “This quote is something I’ve truly tried to follow over the past year as president.

“The award inspires me to motivate others and instil the values that I embody, into them. It’s an absolute honour to be recognized as one of the top woman leaders in Western Canada.”

Bhatti, who primarily studies at SFU’s Surrey campus, will travel to Toronto in May to attend Enactus’s national exposition and vie for the national title.

Her award was not the only accolade SFU students picked up at Enactus’s regional exposition. The Enactus SFU team was named co-regional champion in the 2016 Capital One Financial Education Challenge, and won the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge impact award for its presentation, Count on Me.

Count on Me is an Enactus SFU program that has empowered 41 at-risk youth—including teen moms—to take control of their life through a nine-week workshop  that teaches them about budgeting, banking and employability.  Participants collectively saved more than $18,000.

Soap for Hope, another Enactus SFU initiative that upcycles used bars of soap into liquid soap, was named runner-up in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge. In a span of three weeks, the initiative diverted 180.6 pounds of soap from the landfill and generated more than $3,500 in revenue from sales of 400 bars of soap and 360 litres of liquid soap. The program also employed two impoverished individuals. 

Banner Bags won the impact award in the Scotiabank Eco-Living Green Challenge.  The program taught environmentally sustainable practices to almost 1,000 students and involved more than 80 students in the Go Green challenge, which empowered students to take everyday waste and upcycle it into more than 1,000 new products.