Our Team

Our Team

About Harriet Tinka

Harriet Tinka is a force of transformation dedicated to guiding individuals on a journey of empowerment. Her work is grounded in one powerful principle: “Own Your Next Step.” With a diverse background spanning peak performance, coaching, advocacy for survivors, and education, Harriet is a multi-faceted expert inspiring change in audiences across the globe.

Educational Background

Harriet’s journey begins with a solid educational foundation. Armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), she combines financial acumen with exceptional communication skills. As a Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP) and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), she brings a wealth of expertise to her coaching and speaking engagements.

Sonja Purcell

Sonja brings her formidable energy and dedication to the EmpoweredMe team, enhancing our commitment to community causes and events. As a valued community ally, she channels her passion into raising awareness of critical issues, including the human rights crisis surrounding murdered and missing Indigenous people and the challenges of houselessness.
With her focus on fostering understanding and communication, Sonja has honed her event management and communication skills over 15 years, contributing to impactful local initiatives such as the International Day of the Girl Child and International Women’s Day presented by the Indo Canadian Women Association.
Her involvement extends to initiatives like Action 231 with the Stolen Sisters and Brothers Action Movement, NorQuest’s Canada 150+ celebration, CCS Building Empathy, Conquering Apathy Symposiums, the Belcourt Brosseau Metis Awards Gala, and the EmpoweredMe signature project, “The ME Project – YEG2019,” empowering girls aged 14-16 to pursue careers without limitations. Sonja’s addition to the EmpoweredMe team amplifies our mission of advocacy and empowerment within the community.
J Journey to Self-Discovery: Explore the path to self-discovery and personal growth.
U Unwrapping Your Potential: Learn how to unwrap and reveal your full potential and achieve your goals.
S Self-Confidence Mastery: Develop unshakable self-confidence and belief in yourself.
T Taking Charge of Your Life: Discover how to take control of your life and make empowered decisions.
O Overcoming Obstacles: Strategies for overcoming obstacles and challenges on your journey.
W Winning Mindset: Cultivate a winning mindset for success in all areas of life. Enter into peak performance.
N Navigating Change with Confidence: Learn practical change management and adaptability skills.
I Inspiring Others: Harness the power of your journey to inspire and uplift others.
T Transforming Your Future: Transform your future by owning your actions and choices.


| Journey to Self-Discovery| | Unwrapping Your Potential | | Self-Confidence Mastery| | Taking Charge of Your Life| | Overcoming Obstacles| | Winning Mindset| | Navigating Change with Confidence | | Inspiring Others| | Transforming Your Future |

Honors & Awards

2022 Fil Fraser Award Recipient

For Outstanding Work In Literacy, Performing. And/On Visual Arts

2019 Robinson Koilpillai Multiculturalism Award

2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Nominee

2017 Rotary Integrity Award Recipient

2017 Daughter of the Year Recipient

2016 Global Woman of Vision Award Recipient

2016 Diversity Community Woman of the Year Award recipient

2013/14/15/16 Self-Esteem & Leadership Award Recipient

2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award Recipient

2023 Entrepreneurial Spirit
Owner of a small or medium-sized business who demonstrates leadership and innovation

2014 Excellent Community Initiative Appreciation Award

In recognition of building self-esteem and leadership in youth.

2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award

Harriet has overcome adverse circumstances and draws from her experience to inspire strength and success in others.

2014 Fierce Diamond Recipient – Inspirational Category

A woman who has motivated and ignited a spark within others through her words, actions and by sharing her story.

2014 Diversity Community Woman of the Year

A woman fearlessly engaged both professionally and personally in making changes that support diversity in the community.

2013 Excellent Community Initiative Appreciation Award

In recognition of building self-esteem and leadership in youth.

Global TV Woman of Vision: Harriet Tinka