The 2015-16 fiscal year is now officially wrapped up with the successful completion of our Audit, Annual Report, AGM and YWCA Canada Annual Members Meeting.
As always we are happy to share our audited statements and Annual Report through our website and welcome any questions members and friends may have.
At the AGM we announced that Susan Kennard, our Board President for the past four years, is moving into the past President role and she has been elected to the YWCA Canada Board. This is a great honour for Susan and a true reflection of her hard work and leadership capacity. We are grateful that she remains committed to working with us locally as well at the national level.
We’d also like to introduce long-time Board member Wendy Kuiper, as our President-elect who will take over officially at our July Board Meeting.
I’m sure most of you have been informed through media about the two unrelated sexual assaults that occurred in Banff last week. The Banff RCMP are investigating and seeking support from the community for any information that might help to identify the two perpetrators involved.
Our hearts go out to these victims and incidents like this remind us how important it is as a community that we continue to challenge social norms that perpetuate violent and or sexualized harassment. Our new Community Response to Sexualized Assault committee is developing a collaborate model for the Bow Valley that will focus on supporting survivors, holding offenders accountable, generate awareness about how we can all contribute to a safe community free from any form of sexual harassment or assault.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge our wonderful 100 Holes for Help teams from Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club and Canmore Golf and Curling Club, profiled in this report. Together they golfed 342 holes in support of the Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter. We are grateful for their support and commitment to helping us to achieve our vision to create a safe space for women and families.
Connie MacDonald, CEO