Our Team


Shelley Hayes - Chief Empowerment Officer


Lynn MacDonald - Head Empowerment Warrior



Sanya Chaudhry - Empowerment Passionista

“My name is Sanya and I am the President of a non-profit organization called Uplyft Youth. To me, being empowered means being confident in claiming your mind, body, and spirit. Saying ’no’ is something I’ve battled with my whole life. Whether it was taking on something I knew I didn’t have time for or finding myself in a situation that I didn’t want to be a part of, saying ‘no’ just didn’t feel like an option. Through the help of mentors like Shelley and Lynn, I learned the power of saying ‘no’ and how to reclaim my voice. I am honoured to be a part of the Empowerment Inc. team and to share this beautiful journey of female empowerment and resiliency with other amazing women.

Let’s get empowered, together!”

Maja Vidak - Empowerment Warrior

“So what exactly is empowerment?
Empower – to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights. I see empowerment as building confidence and developing essential life skills that we can use every day, but more importantly, I hope to inspire you.

Looking forward to seeing you in one of our upcoming courses!”



Gerald Bouchard - Empowerment Warrior

“My daughter is growing up quickly and I want to her to be physically and mentally strong. It is important that she knows and understands that she is in control of her life. Unfortunately, through these changing times, there is a chance she will face a situation in her future where she will need to be brave and strong. I want her to be the smartest and strongest young lady she can be. Empowerment Inc is a step in the right direction for that. The more women and girls are aware of how strong they are, the safer they will be. I have seen many situations in my line of work (The Calgary Police Service) where through better understanding and awareness; situations could have turned out differently. Together we need to make safety a priority.”