What Do Women Want?

It’s been a tough week, and I suspect more than a few women are feeling the added pressure from the COVID restrictions.  What COVID has done is highlight, rather than create, the disproportionate burden that falls upon women. Freud was a man of his times. He once said, “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?'”  Studies tracking both paid and unpaid tasks indicate that women spend close to three hours more working than…

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Episode #1: Imagine a World of Kindness (Janaya Iverson)

JANAYA IVERSON She stood alone on stage in front of a sold-out auditorium, delivering her inspiring message. As I sat amongst the crowd listening to her speech, I remembered a memorable poem by Linda Ellis entitled “The Dash.” My favorite part of the poem is: “For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.”  The “dash” refers to the gap between the beginning and end of our life.    The young lady on stage continued. She made it clear to the…

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Episode #5: Still Processing My Life: Social Justice and Activism (Rayyah Sempala)

Are You a Parent of a Youth Activist? If it seems many youths today are putting their words into action, you are correct. In the past two decades, we witnessed youth-led activism from Malala Yousafzai’s advocating for girls’ education. 18-year-old Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist, challenges world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation. How about 24 years old Larissa Crawford? A Métis and Jamaican woman from Calgary began her humanitarian journey at 16 when she launched a fundraiser to start a library at Let Us Shine Academy in Ghana. These young people are…

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Episode #4: My Emotional Wound: I Was Crying, No One Could See (ODION WELCH)

Podcast: Dialogue with Best Selling Author Odion Welch on her experiences with Mental Health journey         ODION WELCH The recent pandemic highlights concern around poor mental health and well-being for our youth. Although it’s normal for them to experience various emotional distress types as they develop and mature, it is critical to seek professional assistance if needed. Their challenges remind me of a time when I also suffered from a mental health illness.   I LOVED MY DEPRESSION Consequently, I did not enjoy my Depression but came to love it. It had meaning in it. The…

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Episode #2: BULLY ME? NO WAY, NO MORE!!!! (Delaney Youngson)

DELANEY YOUNGSON “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “As a child, I just wanted to be happy. But every day kids were cruel. Adults told me to get over it. How can you get over a pain that is real, and cut so deep? As an adult myself now, though it is not as overt, bullying still happens.”    That is the story of the underdog, bullied as a child. But does bullying stop when you become an adult? We think of bullying as a childhood issue, but it plays out throughout adulthood. If you have…

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If I Should Have a Daughter……

If I Should Have a Daughter….. I will tell her to surrender to the fear of pain and not to transport herself away from the sting of loneliness. She will learn that there is no scroll button to press that makes it all better. I will tell her to welcome the pain into her house and not to let it out until it has taught her a lesson. If I should have a daughter, I will tell her if you can sit down today for “1.6 seconds in pure pain when yesterday you could only sit for 1.0 second you…

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Empowering 150 Students for Canada’s 150th

The proverb that children should be seen and not heard has been a hard and fast rule since before the foundation of Canada in 1867. Luckily, it no longer has a place in 2017, as empowering the leaders of tomorrow has been determined to be a healthier approach to education and child-rearing. “Canada’s youth is the future of this country,” says Harriet Tinka, empowerment coach and owner of Empowered Me. “I often hear that young people are ‘apathetic’ which is often a symptom of low self-confidence and insecurity. It is especially important for our next generation of kids to feel…

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Harriet Tinka Nominated for Rotary Integrity Award

UPDATE (May 3, 2017): Harriet is now a proud recipient of the Capital Region Rotary Integrity Award. She was honoured with the award along with eight others who also serve the community, including Edwin Bean, Paul Shufelt, Danielle Bragge, Teena Van Boom, April Eve Wiberg, Shelley Kofluk, Honourable Judge James Skitsko and Daryl Meyer.  Empowered Me’s empowerment coach and founder, Harriet Tinka has been nominated for the Rotary Integrity Award by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview. Her work in the community with hundreds of students since 2012 is a perfect example of finding a need in the community…

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Natural Hair & Self-Esteem

Harriet Tinka with ENHS Founder, Osas During the Edmonton Natural Hair Show last week, Empowered Me took people on a journey through the link between inner and outer beauty. Becoming comfortable in one’s own skin is no small feat and Empowered Me’s owner and coach, Harriet Tinka, shared her personal journey towards high self-esteem.   When Harriet was only a teenager, she was approached to do some modelling by a local modeling agency. The agency encouraged her to embrace her exotic look and she quickly found success in local and overseas markets as a…

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Using WITS To Deal With Bullying

To work with children in Edmonton and surrounding areas who are being bullied, Empowered Me uses the anti-bullying program ‘WITS.’ WITS was developed at the University of Victoria and is an acronym to help children remember effective strategies when confronted by a bully: (1) Walk away, (2) Ignore, (3) Tell somebody and/or (4) Seek help. Any of those four steps could work for the student, depending on their comfort level since bullies feel power over those who cry or react to them. The bully loses their control over people who don’t react or walk away. The WITS approach also allows…

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