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Because ‘Her Future’ Matters

Georgia Mackay

“I’ve always believed that things work out how they are supposed to, even when you can’t see the reason or direction that life is taking you. My life is no exception,” says Cortnie Bornyk, a teacher, public health policy adviser and now an entrepreneur.

Cortnie has recently founded Her Future, a business that will hold workshops to help empower, encourage and educate young women to think about their future. The workshops are targeted at girls in grades 10 – 12 in order to help them learn how to set life goals and stay positive while achieving them. They will include hands on activities to help young women learn who they are as a person, what they are passionate about and where they want to go in life.



“When I moved to Australia (from Canada) a year and a half ago, I thought that I would take a break from teaching and try a new career, to see what else was out there. I just had this feeling inside that I was meant to do more than just teach in a classroom. I felt like I was supposed to make a difference somewhere, but I just had no idea what that was or even looked like,” says Cortnie.

Although Cortnie liked her new job, she missed teaching. She missed being a positive role model, building relationships with her students, teaching them life lessons and making them think for themselves.

“My boyfriend’s mum does workshops for companies to help them function more efficiently. After talking to her, it gave me the idea of starting my own workshops. It could get me back in front of students, but on my own terms.”

Cortnie is passionate about teaching what isn’t often taught in schools. “I realised that I could teach these students the life lessons that I think are so important but unfortunately are not really taught in school. I realised that if I could teach those important life lessons, I could really make a difference in so many young women’s lives,” and so Her Future was born.

There will be two workshops available, Her Learning and Her Motivating, and they’re free until Saturday 23 April. Workshops running on 14 May and 4 June will be $60 each.

The Her Learning will focus on:

  • Developing on the understanding of yourself, who you are as a person and what makes you happy
  • Building confidence and self esteem through recognition of your inherent strengths, potential and becoming comfortable in who you are
  • Focusing on taking action and learning how to grow and move forward.

The Her Motivation workshop will focus on:

  • Discussing and realising what you are passionate about, how to incorporate it into your life and be happy as a result
  • Learning to identify and set goals and push yourself to achieve them by taking positive risks
  • Thinking about careers related to your passion and achieving your career goals

“As for the workshops, I am hoping that young girls can take a lot from them,”says Cortnie. “I want them to have more confidence and realise that if they love who they are and try to be the best person they can, it doesn’t matter what other people think about them.”

“Who wouldn’t want their daughter, granddaughter or niece to have confidence, love themselves and be successful and happy?”

the essentials

What: Her Future (Her Learning and Her Motivation) workshops
When: Workshops run on Saturdays from 9:30am – 12:00am or 12:30pm to 3:00pm on 23 April, 14 May and 4 June.
Where: Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre
Book: For more information or to book, visit www.herfuture.com.au

Image of ‘smiling teenage girl…‘ via Shutterstock

Georgia Mackay

Georgia has just completed her degree in Communications and is excited to have the opportunity to intern with HerCanberra. Georgia was born and bred in Canberra and has a passion for all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She also, like many of the HerCanberra girls, enjoys great food and coffee and loves discovering new places to eat and drink in Canberra! Georgia is a true Canberra advocate and is excited about, among other things, the development of the creative scene in our capital. She believes Canberra is an exciting place for people of all ages to be at the moment and thinks it is only getting better. More about the Author

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