About Us


Karina Walker - Founder & Workshop Facilitator

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Recreation Management and Community Development from the University of Manitoba; I embarked on a career that kept me close to my love of sport, community, program planning and working with children and youth.

It was in my current position as Community Programming Coordinator for Youth in River East Transcona School Division that I recognized the need for empowering youth and young adults reached beyond my daytime position. This is a fulltime passion and I wanted to reach as many individuals as possible, thus, creating Rising Strong; a movement to empower and build self-esteem and confidence within youth and young adults.

Rising Strong covers a variety of topics, from body image, self love and media literacy, to goal setting, lifting each other up and gender equality. Rising Strong also hosts fundraising events for International Day of the Girl, with efforts sponsoring our two girls through Plan International Canada, and International Women's Day; supporting women's programming in Winnipeg.

My goal is to continue to provide individual's the positive influences and tools needed to unleash their full potential and become future successors in our communities. 

All About Rising Strong

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Speaking Engagements



Recreation Connections Pre-Conference : Champion Panel

Actively Engaging Women and Girls in Recreation, Physical Activity and Sport.

MC & Moderator


Femtorship : Equality Through Empowerment

Senator Marilou McPhedran hosted an evening for women and young girls to connect and meet potential role models in the Winnipeg community. Guests such as Minister Rochelle Squires, MLA Nahanni Fontaine and Diane Redsky were interviewed along with their femtee.

Canada's Private Advisory Committee


Toronto : National Committee

Alongside Canada's Minister of Status of Women and Equality and Minister of International Development, the Honourable Minister Maryam Monsef and the President and CEO of Women Deliver, Katja Iverson, discussing how we as Canadians can bring actual change in regards to gender equality. 



Women Deliver 2019 Vancouver Conference : Stop Online Misogyny

Alongside Documentarist Lea Clermont-Dion and poet Noor Fadel, discussing ways to end online misogyny and body shaming.