A great deal has changed with Empowermind since it was founded in 2015. Empowermind founders Jamie Conroy and Heather Molina, came together with a common vision to impact the lives of youth through yoga, mentorship, and raw discussion. Creating opportunities for youth to connect with themselves, their peers, and community by being leaders in their own lives.
Empowermind has evolved in many capacities. Today, the organization hosts youth summer camps, workshops, school programming, yoga teacher training, women's retreats, and mindfulness research with Mount Royal University. Additionally, the team has grown from two people to a team of eleven passionate individuals who apply their diverse skills and talents to ensure youth have unique and transformative experiences.
A special acknowledgment to Lisa McManes and Natalie Cousins two essential members of our management team, who have contributed to the growth and expansion of Empowermind over this past year.
We are excited to announce that we will be transitioning to a non-profit organization. As a non-profit, access to funding and opportunities that enable greater experiences for youth become more accessible.
With all of this growth, our organization felt that it was time to reflect these changes in the way we presented ourselves to the world - through our name, website, and marketing materials.
Which is why Empowermind has become the Orenda Society.
Orenda is an important word with Iroquois origins. It means: The force present in all people that empowers them to change their own lives and affect the world.
The basis of this organization has always been to bring out the strength, confidence and compassion that already exists within the youth and individuals we guide. It is the cornerstone of everything we do. And we’re excited to begin on this new path, recognizing the growth we’ve experienced, with our sights set on the impact we’ll continue to have in the future.
Should you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.
Heather & Jamie