Dalhousie University

Maike Van Niekerk

Corner Brook Regional High
Nominated by: 
Debbie Lindahl
Nominated in: 
Corner Brook, NL

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The Year of New Realizations, Friends and Opportunities

Spring 2014

Entering Dalhousie was like entering an entirely new world of opportunities! The university gave leadership a new meaning.

– by Maike Van Niekerk • Schulich Leader at Dalhousie University

Q&A with

What area(s) of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are you pursuing for your undergraduate degree?


What is your favourite inspirational quote?

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandi - I live by this quote every day, hour, minute and second.

What is a little known fact about you?

Some would say I am a bit of a perfectionist, from my colour coded closet and notes to my daily vacuumed and swiffered room. My true secret, however, is that I am still a child at heart… my favourite movie is Monsters Inc and I have slept with my favourite toy for the past twelve years (embarrassing).

Why do you think you make a great Schulich Leader?

Like Seymour Schulich, a Schulich Leader is a person with vision, motivation, can organize and take action to create change. Through being innovative, passionate and dedicated, I have been able to create the change I wish to see in the world.