Power of Being a Girl Returns With a Second Instance Added for Bow Valley Teens


In response to a growing demand for programs that support and empower young women, the YWCA is thrilled to confirm that a second Power of Being a Girl (PBG) conference will be added for participants in grades 7, 8 and 9. While traditionally this event has been dedicated to girls in grades 4, 5 and 6, extensive feedback from participants and parents identified a need to create an additional day dedicated to Bow Valley teens.

PBG is a signature program developed by the YWCA Canada and Member Associations as a part of their commitment to violence prevention. The conference responds to the need to promote girls’ leadership by focusing workshops on issues such as self-esteem, healthy relationships, dating, discrimination, body image, sexual health, bullying and internet safety, among others.

Both instances of the conference will be held at the YWCA Banff from 9:15am to 4:15pm –  PBG-Teen on October 21st and the original version for girls in grades 4, 5, and 6 on November 18th. While each day will be catered to the age group of its respective participants, both will focus on providing a fun-filled experience that fosters empowerment, leadership and healthy relationships with self and others.

PBG-Teen is excited to introduce a new segment to the program – a Human Library that will feature conversations with four inspiring young women from the Bow Valley. The YWCA’s Programs and Services team are hopeful girls will feel empowered through connecting with some of our community’s outstanding leaders.

Meet the four trailblazing individuals that will be participating in PBG-Teen’s Human Library:

Alanna MacDonald – Engineering Intern with the Town of Canmore

Corrie DiManno – Town Councillor with the Town of Banff (running for re-election on Oct. 16th), Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Banff Canmore Community Foundation, YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2015, Banff PRIDE Organizer

Donna Davies – RCMP Constable at Banff Detachment

Jade Ansley – Owner of Project A, a Canmore shop dedicated to selling products and art handmade by burgeoning Canadian artists.

Reave MacLeod, Director of Programs and Services at the YWCA explains the decision to incorporate the Human Library: “We recognize that this age group has the capacity to explore issues at a deeper level. We developed the human library portion of the conference to give girls the opportunity to connect with young women who are leaders in our community.” Both conferences promise an exciting chance for young women in the Bow Valley to harness their inner leaders, and celebrate the Power of Being a Girl.

Online registration for both Power of Being a Girl conferences is now available online at http://ywcabanff.ca/programs-services/programs/. Only a few spots remain!