SUHANA GILL – EMPOWERMENT IS ABOUT UPLIFTING OTHERS

“My path is driven by a commitment to serve, relentless goal pursuit, and dedication to equity, sustainability, and empowerment.”

Growing up in Surrey, B.C., Suhana’s early desire to impact her community and empower women set the foundation for her journey. This drive led her to graduate from high school at 15, pursue a Political Science and Criminology degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and dream of entering public office. As Women’s Representative on the Kwantlen Student Association 2024 Council, she has been a vital platform for advocating women’s empowerment.

“Participating in the Miss British Columbia pageant, winning Miss Southern British Columbia 2023, and earning the title of Miss Fundraiser at the Miss Canada pageant for my work with Make a Wish Canada—underscored my commitment to community service and empowerment.”

Concerned about climate change, she founded Bluer & Greener to advocate for environmental awareness and action. She also served as an ambassador for 350 Canada and One Tree Planted, promoting a sustainable future.

“My path is driven by a commitment to serve, relentless goal pursuit, and dedication to equity, sustainability, and empowerment. Authentic leadership is about uplifting others and creating enduring legacies. Becoming a leader as a woman can be challenging, but once you make your mark, you can keep moving up. I’ve learned to keep going even when things get hard and to always believe in myself. This belief helps in making room for more women to succeed. Every challenge is a chance to get stronger and better at leading. My biggest inspiration comes from women who have broken down barriers and kept believing in themselves no matter what. Their stories teach me that no matter how tough things seem, we can overcome them and open doors for more women to lead.”

Suhana’s leadership confidence and voice were ignited by embracing the inner spark she believes resides in every woman.

“Confidence for me is a switch; once flipped, there is no dimming its light. Leadership isn’t just about guiding others; it’s about setting a precedent of strength, confidence, and unwavering belief in oneself. If I can harness this power, so can you.”

“It’s more than self-belief,” she emphasizes. “It’s an understanding that I will lead and empower others to discover their brilliance. Confidence for me is a switch; once flipped, there is no dimming its light. Stepping into the spotlight felt daunting, but fear served no purpose. It neither fueled growth nor inspired change. Taking command of my life and understanding that I dictate my path and achievements was transformative. Leadership isn’t just about guiding others; it’s about setting a precedent of strength, confidence, and unwavering belief in oneself. If I can harness this power, so can you. Let’s not just dream of a better future; let’s be the architects of it.”

To the next generation of women, Suhana advises, “Step out and take charge. The world is full of opportunities waiting for those who are bold enough to pursue them. Your desire and determination set the stage for your success. Live a life that makes you proud, one where you go to bed satisfied with your choices, not weighed down by others’ judgments. Chase your dreams and strive to make a difference in your community. By lifting others as you climb, you create a legacy of empowerment. Your journey is about more than achieving your goals—inspiring and paving the way for those who follow.”

It’s an honor to be featured in Drishti Magazine, which celebrates diversity and inclusion and values at the heart of her journey as a woman.

“Inclusion isn’t just a concept,” she says, “it’s the foundation of our growth and empowerment. I see inclusion as crucial to our development. It allows us to learn from diverse experiences, draw inspiration from each other, and lift one another higher. This recognition is for every woman who strives, supports, and stands for inclusion. Together, we embody the strength and power of womanhood, proving we can overcome any obstacle and make a lasting impact when we include and support each other.”

This Mother’s Day, Suhana’s heart swells with appreciation for her mom, who is a beacon of strength and love.

“Her life took on new meaning with the arrival of my brother and me, dedicating herself entirely to nurturing us into the best versions of ourselves. She embodies the essence of resilience, empowerment, and care. She’s not just a mother; she’s a powerful woman who has shown me the impact of leading with kindness and strength. Her sacrifices and unwavering support are the foundation of my success, and words fall short of expressing my deep gratitude. I aspire to make her proud and reflect the values she instilled in me. To my mom, thank you for guiding me in life and teaching me the true meaning of strength and compassion. Happy Mother’s Day to all the influential mothers. We love and appreciate you.”