A historic relationship between the Rotary Club of Canmore and the YWCA Banff has been formed in support of the Higher Ground Women’s Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Project.

In 2015, Rotary Club of Canmore approved the sale of their half of Rotary House to SCOPE for a net proceeds of $241,422. The question of how the club would reinvest these funds in the community was explored through extensive consultation with Rotarians, community organizations and community leaders to determine what the needs and opportunities were that would benefit most from investment of these funds. A competitive application process was undertaken with a short list of prequalified community initiatives, and in February 2017, Rotary Club of Canmore announced that the funds would be allocated to the YWCA Banff for their project: “Higher Ground Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing“.

Rotary Club of Canmore also recommended that these funds be set up as a matching grant pool of funds so that individual Rotarians, community members, and community organizations be given the opportunity to make contributions to this project and have their contributions matched from the Rotary House proceeds funds, effectively doubling their impact.

YWCA Banff is deeply grateful for the Rotary Club of Canmore’s ground-breaking support of this project . Our vision is to create a new purpose-built domestic violence emergency shelter and transitional housing solution for vulnerable women and children in the Bow Valley by 2020. Rotary Club’s investment is the critical first step in providing women and children with the support, services, and housing options needed to help them regain their independence and create lives free of violence.




l to r: Connie Macdonald, CEO, YWCA Banff; David Roberts, regional vice-president and general manager of Fairmont Banff Springs; Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta; Hans Helder, President-elect, Rotary Club of Canmore; Karen Keech, President, Rotary Club of Canmore

The Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation (CRA Registration No. 86371-5520-RR0001) has established a dedicated account to accept contributions which will be matched from the Rotary House proceeds funds. Contributions can be made electronically through ATB Cares.  Cheques made payable to the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation with a notation that it be dedicated to the Higher Ground project will also be gratefully accepted.  Donations directly to the YWCA Banff in support of the Higher Ground project will also be accepted by contacting Ancy Viegas, Executive Administrator, 1.403.760.3218, and will be fully eligible for matching funds from the Rotary Club of Canmore.


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