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


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    An Evening With Rocket Scientist & Explorer Natalie Panek

    March 3, 2016, 7:00pm

    Rolston Recital Hall

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

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    It’s #WomanCrushWednesday and we're excited and honoured to recognize three amazing Bow Valley women today.

    This week's #WCW are the recipients of the Bow Valley Women of Distinction awards, chosen through a nomination process by a committee of YWCA Banff and Soroptimist volunteers for their contributions to creating a lasting, positive change in our communities.

    Dr. Priscilla Wilson became the first female doctor in Banff National Park in 1969, breaking through gender barriers and inspiring a future generation of female physicians. She also worked as the Medical Officer of Health and was instrumental in influencing Parks Canada to secure a new water infrastructure for Banff as a result of the famous Beaver Fever contamination of 1982. Dr. Wilson was also an active volunteer with Aids Bow Valley in the 90's, and although retired from her practice, she remains a member of the ethics committee at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital.

    A resident of Lake Louise for 17 years and dedicated volunteer, Carolin Crofts is the long-time editor of the community news publication Lake Louise Live. She also chairs the HR Committee which supports seasonal workers. With energy and passion for community service, Carolin helps to bring together the residents and seasonal population of Lake Louise through numerous community initiatives. Whether by co-founding Remembrance Day services or decorating the town core, she’s always ready to help make Lake Louise a welcoming home for all of its residents.

    For 25 years, Madeline Crilley developed and nurtured Bow Valley Literacy Program. She worked on behalf of learners, most of them immigrant women, to build a program that continues to be an integral part of our community today. She also supported hundreds of community volunteers through the program during her tenure. Understanding the needs and socio-economic realities of adult learners, Madeline was committed to ensuring the program grew and she advocated passionately for learners on a personal and political level throughout her life.

    These inspiring women will be honoured with the award at our International Women's Day celebration on March 3rd. Buy tickets for the event here
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