Her Worship Milagros Eustaquio-Syme was named one of the 100 most influential Filipino women in the world by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN).

The award recognizes women of Philippine ancestry who have demonstrate leadership and outstanding achievement in their professions, industries, and communities. Syme’s award in the “policymaker and visionary” category was presented to her at the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit in Toronto.

Syme was the founder and first president of the Network of Filipino Canadian Women in 1986. In this role she advocated on behalf of women victims of domestic violence, particularly mail order brides, as well as advocating for domestic live-in workers.

In 1994, Syme became the executive director of the Peel Multicultural Center (PMC), which serves the cities of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. The center provides outreach, education and advocacy support for immigrants and visible minorities.

Syme has also served as a member of the provincial Ontario Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and a member of the Advisory Council to the Treasury Board on the Appointment of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service. From 1994 to 2004, Syme served as a judge for the Immigration and Refugee Board. She holds a BA in mathematics, a master’s degree in statistics and an MBA. Syme was named a Justice of the Peace for Ontario in 2005.