Community Profile

Encouraging confidence and strength in girls

Photo by Barbara Ann

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta is a non-profit organization that encourages girls to be “strong, smart and bold,” by providing the necessary skills and knowledge to break free from gender stereotypes, to be confident in themselves and to create change.

Working with girls between the ages of 6 and 18, Girls Inc. host a variety of events in addition to their regular programs, including their annual spring baseball camp, their Woman of Inspiration and their Mother’s Day Yoga-a-Thon.

Program coordinator Katlin Okonkwo has been working at Girl’s Inc. in Fort McMurray for more than two years. As one of two program coordinators, she hopes to continue working to grow the organization and provide more opportunities for girls in around Wood Buffalo.

This interview has been edited and condensed for space and clarity.

What made you work with Girls Inc. in the first place?

I am just interested in it. It’s kind of a passion to work with young girls in our community and to help girls see their full potential.