Episode #9: Turning Black Girls into entrepreneurs and future CEOs:Tessy Omina

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar If you are an entrepreneur growing your business, you know that there are days when things are going so well, and you are on cloud nine getting things done. As a business owner, you have moved a great idea to market, and it’s been profitable. But now, business is slow. Perhaps your clients have decided to use someone else, or the economy has slowed down, or the big “C” has impacted your business. What can you do? You are…

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Is Bullying Still a Thing?

While students were virtually learning, was cyberbullying still going on? What are the latest statistics on cyberbullying? The research was done and might shock some of you. Cyberbullying is a conversation that never seems to get old. Here is a video to highlight the impact of being bullied. https://youtu.be/YKHxF3VirUI Below is some statistics on the research: https://www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/cyber-bullying-statistics View article


Episode#7: I Failed, But I Got Into Nursing (Aryanah Oldenburger)

“Could you please tell me the reason why you failed your math final?” Aryanah’s mother asked.  “It’s because of the Pandemic. I wasn’t motivated and I don’t like online schooling. I don’t get to see my friends. I feel lonely,” Aryanah replied to her mother. Meet Aryanah Oldenburger, our July Dandy Lion Youth of the month. She just turned eighteen years old this month. Like many teens, she has been anxious to go back to the way it was in 2019.  We are all lonely now since the lockdowns began, and using terms such as “social distancing,” “self-isolation,” and “shelter…

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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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