A Celebration of Women Making Change in the Bow Valley and Beyond.

On March 8, 2018, we held our annual Change Makers Evening at the Banff Centre’s Rolston Recital Hall. The event, held on International Women’s Day, included an inspiring talk by activist and educator Kim Katrin Milan, as well as the award ceremony for our 2018 Bow Valley Women of Distinction.

Our 2018 Bow Valley Women of Distinction, from left: Lorraine Widmer-Carson, Alanna Pettigrew, and C.C. Findlay (on behalf of Dr. Elizabeth Hall-Findlay)

Each year, Change Makers celebrates incredible women who are leading positive change on a local and global scale. The evening began with a powerful presentation by co-founder and Executive Director of The People Project Kim Katrin Milan, who shared compelling ideas and lessons on how we can all play a role in overcoming oppression and hate in order to build a safer and more equal world for everyone. Her talk left the audience feeling hopeful that a more peaceful future is possible if we can recognize our individual capacity to be Change Makers in our everyday lives.

Following Kim’s talk, YWCA Banff CEO Connie MacDonald introduced the outstanding 2018 Bow Valley Women of Distinction award winners.

This year’s trailblazing Women of Distinction are:

Dr. Elizabeth Hall-Findlay – A world-renowned expert, teacher, and mentor in the historically male-dominated field of plastic surgery. Elizabeth is the founder of Banff Plastic Surgery – her local clinic which is fully-operated by women.

Alanna Pettigrew – The founder of Banff Food Rescue, a program that seeks to “keep good food from becoming food waste.” Alanna has been a tireless volunteer with Banff Food Bank, Banff Light Horse Association and a strong advocate for adults with disabilities.

Lorraine Widmer-Carson – The former Executive Director of the Banff Canmore Community Foundation who helped establish a community-focused grants program that has invested more than $1 million locally since 2004. Lorraine also spear-headed initiatives such as SHINE, SPACE Lab, and a women’s philanthropy circle.

Tanya Foubert from the Rocky Mountain Outlook joined us at Change Makers, where she sat down with Alanna Pettigrew to chat about the amazing work that helped earn her the Women of Distinction nomination. We encourage you to read Tanya’s full article which highlights Alanna’s commitment to reducing food waste, and her journey to starting the highly successful Banff Food Rescue program. Full article available here.