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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Why Bullies Bully

There is no question that bullying is wrong. Studies have shown it leads to higher suicide rates and poor academic performance, in addition to the long-term damage against students’ self-esteem. As a result, children who are bullied need counselling, but bullies themselves also often need counselling. Fundamentally, bullies bully to make themselves feel better over the short-term as a result of low self-esteem. Since many bullies are often bullied at home or in other environments, their bullying behaviour is often a ripple effect from their own feelings of powerlessness. They are looking to gain a feeling of power, purpose and/or…

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Bullies Need Support, Too!

With Pink Shirt Day happening on February 22, a lot of emphasis is placed on bullying and those who are being bullied. It is no secret bullying is a big issue facing our kids – both online and off. Empowered Me, a local organization that inspires and empowers youth in schools, believes some consideration should be given to bullies themselves. Just recently, Lady Gaga was a victim of cyberbullying and body-shaming after her halftime performance at the 51st annual Super Bowl. Despite her incredible performance and talent, her body became an ugly undercurrent to the show with some taking to…

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Girls With A Purpose Workshop

This Self Esteem and Body Confidence workshop will discuss the three components of Self Esteem and also include tools that cover these topics: 1. Self awareness of her ability to create her own path 2.  Awareness and trusting her own instincts 3. Accountability in making her own decisions 4. Claiming your own strengths 5. Appreciating your powerful, natural and amazing body 6. Cyber bullying and bullying 7. Discussion on issues impacting our teens today February 18, 2017 12.00 pm to 3 pm @McCauley School 9538 107 Avenue For girls ages 13 – 16 Six week program Feb 18, March 4, 11,…

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Looking Towards An Empowered 2017!

2016 is drawing to a close and 2017 gives us hope for a better future. Or does it? Some people like to disagree but Empowered Me likes to think positively and look towards new possibilities.   A new year allows us all to start fresh, start anew. It gives us the power to look back at all the good things we’ve done in the year and then think about where we want to be in the coming year.    In 2016, we helped hundreds of kids feel better about themselves, empowered them to help others in their community as leaders and worked…

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