We are thrilled to welcome five new members to the YWCA’s Board of Directors!
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.
Shelley Buchan, Director
Shelley has called Banff home for 3 ½ years. She is the Site Administrator at the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital and has a degree in nursing with experience in both urban and rural settings. Growing up in Saskatchewan, Shelley feels she has the best of both worlds enjoying both the mountains and their cabin in Northern Saskatchewan with her husband, two adult children and high school age son.
Shelley appreciates the collaboration of the community in times of need, and supports what the YWCA contributes towards making a difference to girls and women of the Bow Valley.
Salina Riemer, Vice President – Operations
A deep-rooted love of the mountains drew Salina to the Bow Valley from Australia where her heart has called Kananaskis Country 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.
With a passion for social and environmental welfare, Salina has been involved in many charity events and volunteer associations, seeking to support 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 the community.
Marrying a love of marketing and socially responsible businesses, Salina currently works in marketing at Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s headquarters in Canmore. Whether hiking, biking, snowboarding or camping, she is happiest finding adventures amongst the mountain landscape of the Canadian Rockies with her partner and friends.
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 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.
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