Our Vision: A thriving, equitable society

Our Mission: Shaping a safe and inclusive Bow Valley that empowers women and their community for a better future

Guiding Principles

Women-Centred

We embrace our responsibilities as a member of a global movement committed to women’s rights, gender equity, and a world without violence.

Innovation

We push boundaries as leaders in our field.

We challenge conventions and seek out research and wise practices to inspire transformative change.

Sustainability

We lead a stable organization in an ever-changing landscape

We collaboratively make decisions that strengthen the future of our organization.

Transparency

We maintain an accountable, professional presence in the Bow Valley.

We ensure the integrity of our organization through open communication about our goals, practices and outcomes.

Inclusivity

We strive to advance diversity and promote equity in all our decisions and interactions.

We invest in learning to challenge racism and oppression.

Partnership

We promote open and active teamwork, and connection with a network of community partners.

We seek out and nurture collaborations that enhance our work, relationships and community.

History

For more than a century, YWCA Banff has been the leading resource for women and their families fleeing domestic violence and for providing safe, affordable housing for Bow Valley community members.  It was with the YWCA National mandate in mind, that we officially opened our doors in 1912 to serve the critical needs of our community in housing and anti-violence prevention.

In 1987, the old Banff Mineral Springs Hospital was acquired and renovated by the YWCA of Banff for the purpose of providing affordable co-ed accommodation.  The building was awarded to the YWCA for $1 because of the YWCA’s successful 75 year history in housing and social services.  Until 1995 when the organization became autonomous, the YWCA of Banff was under the auspices of the Calgary YWCA.

We are still in the same location today at 102 Spray Ave.  The organization continues to evolve and is now structured based on our three pillars: Programs & Services, Housing, and the YWCA Banff Hotel social enterprise.

Shaping a safe and inclusive Bow Valley that empowers women and their community for a better future.

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