UTS opened the door to life-changing experiences for Hana Dhanji ’05. An exchange to France gave her the opportunity to see the world through another culture. She went to Zambia to film a documentary about the HIV/AIDS pandemic with a group of UTS students. In her senior year, she managed a $60,000 budget to plan the Southern Ontario Model United Nations Assembly for 200 delegates, and on opening day she brought down the gavel with immense satisfaction.
She was only able to attend UTS thanks to the support of our bursary program. People saw her for what she could contribute. Teachers, older students and alumni became mentors. She began to feel that she was part of a community that would lift her up and she began to soar.
Now she seeks to do the same for others. That’s why she supports UTS and why she gives her time as a volunteer to the UTSAA Student Life Committee and for events. As the CEO and Founder of her own executive coaching business, she shared her wisdom on how high-performing professionals and entrepreneurs can achieve performance breakthroughs in their careers and lives, at the UTSAA Speed Mentoring event in February. Previously, she was also a successful lawyer.
“What I am now able to contribute to the world and even the UTS community, wouldn’t be possible if I hadn’t received the education that I did at UTS,” says Hana. “That’s why I give my support to the bursary program to help ensure that smart, capable students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are not prevented from accessing that education, so they will have the same chance I did.”