The Mission of the YWCA Banff is empowering women, girls and our community through leadership development, advocacy, and provision of relevant programming and services.



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    Bow Valley Women Of Distinction Awards

    On March 5th, 2015, the YWCA Banff and Soroptimist of Banff National Park & Canmore presented extraordinary women leaders in our community with the 1st annual Bow Valley Women of Distinction Awards. These awards recognize local… READ MORE

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    International Women’s Day March 5th, 2015

    International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8th around the world, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. YWCA Banff and Soroptimist International celebrated IWD with someone very… READ MORE

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    VINEart Gala

    Less than a year ago, a small group had a big idea: a one-of-a-kind event to support the Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter (VBWES). It would be an elegant evening that would bring our community… READ MORE

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    Bridge Talk – Connie’s April Update

    Caring as Hard Currency Ideas man Hugh MacLeod is one of my favourite cartoonists. I recently saw one of his wild abstract drawings ( that features a profound simple statement, “Caring is the new hard currency.”… READ MORE

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    LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency

    When people think about intimate partner violence, often the images one conjures are of men abusing women. And this is for valid reason; in 2013 women accounted for nearly 80% of all victims of police-reported… READ MORE