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




    International Women’s Day

    On March 3, 2016, YWCA Banff and Soroptimist International are proud to present this year’s guest speaker for International Women’s Day: Natalie Panek.  Rocket scientist, explorer, and advocate for women in tech – Natalie is on a… READ MORE

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    VINEart Gala Auction

    VINEart is a bold event showcasing women of the Bow Valley – artists, chefs, leaders – in support of the YWCA Banff and its Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter. VINEart is a one-of-a-kind elegant evening… READ MORE

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    Songs For Shelter

    On January 15, 2016, local musicians Pat “Sully” Sullivan, Mike Petroff, Gord March and Julia Lynx came together to support the Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter with their fundraiser, Songs For Shelter.  Held at the… READ MORE


    It’s #WomanCrushWednesday! Today we would like to recognize a woman who we are very excited to meet on March 3, when she joins us as our guest speaker for International Women’s Day. Natalie Panek is this week’s #WCW !

    Rocket scientist, explorer, and champion for women in engineering, Natalie is on a mission to inspire the next generation of female game-changers to dive head-on into challenges and pursue careers in engineering and technology.

    Panek is an engineer at MDA’s Robotics and Automation division, working on Canadian space robotics and other Canadian space exploration programs. Panek is the 2013 recipient of the University of Calgary Graduate of the Last Decade award and the Northern Lights Award Foundation 2013 Rising Star in Aerospace. She was named one of CBC’s 12 young leaders changing Canada and was recently chosen as one of 23 visionary women to help shape Canada’s future through A Bold Vision. Canada’s Financial Post describes Natalie as “a vocal advocate for women in technology”. Natalie also joins an elite group of women as one of WXN’s 2014 Top 100 award winners and as one of Forbe’s 30 under 30.

    Find out more about Natalie at

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