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Sept. 10, 2018

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Our Laurier leaders inspire the lives of leadership and purpose at Laurier. These leaders are comprised of our employees who wish to share their experiences working at Laurier, what inspires them and what being a part of the Laurier community means to them.

Melissa Ireland is the manager of Indigenous Student Services, a Laurier alumna (MSW '17), and Curve Lake First Nation member. 

Sharing Her Inspiration

What Does Inspiring Lives of Leadership and Purpose Mean to You?

There are many kind of leaders and many different gifts among people. For me, a large part of my work is helping others to recognize their gifts, ignite their passions, and once they establish confidence in those gifts, create opportunities where leadership is expressed naturally.

What Inspires You?

I love helping and especially love helping people one on one to see potentials. I truly do it to be in service and to lift others up when I'm asked or called to do it. For me, it only matters whether they see me or don't see me, they know I'm in their corner, always and forever. Also, fabulous mentors at Laurier have helped inspire my own personal growth. From starting as a floater in 2003, to working as admin support for several years to the completion of my master's to my current role, there were so many people and opportunities along the way that encouraged my holistic development

I Lead at Laurier By…

Focusing what I stand for instead of focusing on what I stand against.

I Chose a Career at Laurier Because…

I feel supported in my work supporting others.

Being Part of the Laurier Community Means…

Having an opportunity to be contributed to just as much as I get to contribute to others. I’ve grown and experienced so much thanks to my connections with the university, just as much as I’ve given. Many of the relationships I’ve made will be lifelong connections.


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