Wendy Kuiper, President
Wendy Kuiper joined the YWCA Board of Directors in 2012 and after serving two years as Vice President – Governance, she is our new 2016/17 President. Wendy currently works at the Town of Banff as a Peace Officer. Wendy believes that women are leaders in shaping social and cultural directions to achieve equality for all women. In her spare time Wendy plays slow pitch baseball, and can be found biking and hiking on our mountain trails.
Natali Schindler, Vice President – Operations
Natali has called Banff home for the past 11 years. Having lived in various mountain communities prior to Banff, including Golden and Jasper, the opportunity to establish her own dental practice, in such amazing surroundings, is what brought her and her husband to Banff in 2003. Natali was born and raised in Ottawa and did her Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Immunology and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at McGill University in Montreal.
Natali loves living in Banff because of the opportunities to be outside in the beautiful surroundings hiking, skiing, biking or just walking. She also loves the strong sense of community in Banff and possibilities to be involved in the community as a volunteer. This is her second time being on the board of the YWCA and she is passionate about making a difference in the lives of girls and women in the Bow Valley. Natali is also a member of the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital Community Board and the Banff Mineral Springs Foundation.
Salina Riemer, Vice President – Governance
A deep-rooted love of the mountains drew Salina to the Bow Valley from Australia where her heart has called the Bow Valley home since 2015.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce, her corporate experience began in the field of audit and business services evolving into an extensive history in partnerships, marketing and events. Salina currently manages Public Relations at CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures, headquartered in Banff. Whether hiking, biking, snowboarding or camping, she is happiest finding adventures outside, amongst the mountain landscape of the Canadian Rockies.
With a passion for social and environmental welfare, she believes in supporting positive change through action. She is grateful to be able to continue to contribute through her position at YWCA Banff and to help drive the initiatives that support and empower women, girls and our community.
Andrea Stuart, Treasurer
Originally from Vernon, B.C., Andrea moved to Banff in 2000 after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria. She then worked in the service industry while persuing the elusive 100-day ski season. After 5 years in Banff, Andrea moved to Vancouver to article with PricewaterhouseCoopers and obtain her Chartered Accountant designation. After completing articling she was eager to move back to Banff, and accepted the position of Finance Officer with the Town of Banff in 2011. In her spare time Andrea loves snowboarding, skiing, yoga and spending time in the mountains with her husband and son. She is proud to call Banff home and is excited to be on the YWCA Banff Board and be involved with the wonderful programs and services they offer the community.
Shannon Fountain, Secretary
Originally from Ontario but has been living in Banff since 2008, Shannon graduated from Loyalist College in 2006 with a Social Service Worker Diploma. In Ontario, she worked in a “Transition Home” helping teens develop life skills that would allow them to move on to living independently and working towards a better life. She also worked with people dealing with mental and physical disabilities.
Her social work in Banff included working with teens and children when running the “Fridge” program created by the Town of Banff, more recently the “ Get Out” program. She also worked part time for the Town of Banff with their Out of School program. Currently, Shannon is a Wedding Planner for Mountainscape Weddings which services Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore, Emerald Lake, Kananaskis and surrounding area. She has found her niche in planning weddings and events, and although it keeps her fairly busy, she loves every minute of it.
Shannon loves hiking, hot yoga, cross country skiing, and enjoying the beautiful nature of the Bow Valley. She also enjoys creative arts, painting, and attending musical and theatrical events at the Banff Centre. She loves Banff and has decided to make Banff her permanent home by buying a house 2 years ago in town with her husband. Shannon cherishes her role on the YWCA Board and feels privileged to be a part of something so special and integral to the Bow Valley Community.
Kerry Miller, Director
Kerry is a lawyer with Karras Rathbone Miller in Banff, practicing in the areas of Real Estate, Wills and Estates, and Corporate Law. Before moving to Banff in September 2014, she practiced litigation with a Calgary law firm. Kerry obtained her law degree from the University of Calgary. During law school she volunteered with Student Legal Assistance and she was President of Canadian Lawyers Abroad University of Calgary Student Chapter.
Kerry has always had an interest in other countries, customs and cultures. This interest led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at the University of Calgary. During her undergraduate degree she studied abroad at the University of Economics in Prague. Over the years she has travelled throughout Western and Central Europe, Croatia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Turkey. In her spare time Kerry enjoys snowboarding, biking and hiking. As a young female professional, promoting the empowerment of women and girls is of particular importance to Kerry.
Melissa Mauriello, Director
Melissa grew up in Innisfail, Alberta then moved to Perth, Australia to complete her pharmacy degree. She returned to Canada in 2013 and worked in Calgary until finding her dream job in Banff. She has managed the Banff IGA Pharmacy since 2015. Melissa loves meeting new people and gets satisfaction in knowing she has helped others. She has past experience volunteering with dementia patients and is looking forward to being a part of the YWCA so she can give back to the community she loves.
Melissa enjoys spending time with her immediate and extended family. She and Her husband enjoy traveling the world, hiking and snowboarding.
Yvonne Machuk, Director
Yvonne has lived in Banff since 1976. She has been actively volunteering for many years, having served on most community boards in Banff including the Mineral Springs Hospital Board, the Whyte Museum Board and the board of the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. Yvonne holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg, a BEd from the University of Manitoba and an MEd from the University of Calgary. After a career in public education that spanned almost four decades, she returned to university and earned a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Calgary. Her doctoral work focused on the challenges faced by internationally educated teachers as they transition to the Alberta context. Yvonne has wide-ranging leadership experience both professionally and in the volunteer sector and has facilitated strategic planning sessions and professional learning workshops locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Her commitment to empowering women and girls was established through her more than 30 year membership in Soroptimist International, a women’s service organization that works to better the lives of women and girls where she served in several leadership capacities for the organization. Yvonne and her husband have found retirement an excellent opportunity to revisit favourite spots and explore new destinations.
Holly Holbrook, Director
Holly Holbrook has lived in Canmore for the last 15 years. Originally from Vermont, Holly has traveled the world extensively and lived in many places throughout Canada and United States. Holly graduated from University of Vermont with a BA in Psychology. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Macro Social Work at Boston College. Holly travelled to Nepal to work with non-profits aiding women and children affected by Asia’s sex trade. This work began Holly’s interest and commitment to women’s issues, advocacy and empowerment.
Currently, Holly works as an interior designer in Canmore. She enjoys spending time with her two boys and husband in this amazing community. She is very excited about becoming part of the YWCA team and helping advocate for women and girls throughout the world.
Rosemary Thompson, Director
Rosemary Thompson has worked as a Senior Executive in the Arts and Media for more than 30 years. She is the Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Board Relations for Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the largest post-graduate arts school in Canada. She is the former Executive Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Corporate Secretary of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada’s largest performing arts organization.
Rosemary worked as a television correspondent for more than 20 years before moving into management positions in the arts. She is the former Deputy Bureau Chief of the Parliamentary Bureau of CTV National News in Ottawa, and was the first woman ever assigned by CTV to cover the Washington Bureau. She was also the Montreal Bureau Chief of CTV National News during a tumultuous time in Canadian politics, during the 1995 Referendum on Sovereignty. She has covered 7 election campaigns, 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan. She’s also produced two Royal Visits, and was a key member on the team that delivered the $225.4 M renewal of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is married to Pierre Boulet and together they have two children, three cats, and a lot of fun. She loves skiing, skating and volunteering.
Dominique Lagloire-Galipeau, Director
Originally from Montreal, Dominique first fell in love with the mountains in 2006. She has tried to move on many times, to many other great places, but can never seem to stay away for long. With a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality management and the CMA certification in her back pocket, she has worked in hotel’s accounting departments from Lake Louise to Bangkok, from Osaka to Boston. However, since you can’t ski Fenway Park, it was time to return to the Rockies… for the 6th time. In 2015, Dominique took on the accounting and finance of The Grizzly Paw Pub & Brewing Company Ltd. in Canmore. She is particularly interested in bringing numbers, sustainability and a few laughs to every discussion.
Inspired by great women and looking to give back, Dominique joined the board of the YWCA early 2018. When she is not in the office, you can find her on the ski slopes, on a trail, cheerleading the Grizzly Paw running team or catching up with a friend while shopping for awesome shoes.
Jessi Ji, Director
Jessi Ji works at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as the Director of Revenue Management and is a member of the hotel executive committee. Growing up with a passion for arts, music and culture, Jessi also developed a strong interest in business study and completed her MBA in Innovation and Technology management. She has since found much joy in applying her business acumen to strategy creation throughout her career. Jessi is thrilled to join the Board of the YWCA to pursue a passion close to her heart – to actively contribute to the empowerment of women and girls within the Bow Valley community. She believes the impossible can become possible when you have hope in the world and believe in yourself. After having lived in nine different cities/towns around the world, Jessi settled in Lake Louise November 2017. As a relatively new member of the community, she is keen to continue to grow and collaborate with the team while inspiring females to be bold and live life to the fullest.