A long-time resident of Banff, Connie moved west from Halifax in the early 80′s to work in the ski industry. As the classic story goes, she fell in love with the mountains and the community and Banff has been her home ever since.
In September 2013, Connie joined the YWCA Banff as CEO taking on the responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, and implementing the operation and programming of the organization in accordance with the policies, goals and strategic directives established by the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the YWCA, Connie worked with CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, a leading global tourism operator, as Director of People and a member of the senior leadership team. Connie’s main priority was to strategically develop the very best team of people to provide leadership at all levels of the company to achieve the overall goals. In her diverse role as a senior leader she also managed communications and community relations and played a key role in brand management, strategic planning, critical incident management and external relations. During her tenure, CMH was awarded a number of prestigious national and international tourism awards and regularly achieved industry-high Net Promoter and Employee Engagement scores.
Connie also has significant experience in both the not-for-profit and government sectors. For nine years she worked at The Banff Centre, where she held a number of key positions including Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications. Earlier in her career she worked in Community Development with the Family and Community Support Services for the Town of Banff.
A passionate, energetic communicator, Connie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dalhousie University and attended the Banff School of Advance Management. She was a member of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Brand Experience Committee for the past six years and a founding director with the Valemount Area Recreation Development Association. An active community volunteer, Connie has held Board positions with Bow Valley Victim Services, Friends of Banff National Park, Aids Bow Valley, YWCA Banff and a number of other community organizations.
Connie is married to Tom Robinson, a general contractor in Banff. Together with their son Casey and Missy the wonder dog, they take advantage of all that Banff National Park and the local community have to offer.
Stephen joined the team in July 2009 and brings 30 years of Banff hospitality-based experience to the organization. He is leading a competent, dedicated group of managers and staff in the hotel, food services, housekeeping, maintenance, and the building and grounds departments. Stephen’s extensive background, while diverse, has a common thread in focusing on Guest Service in all aspects of operations. He has a strong connectivity to the Bow Valley through his family, career, recreational pursuits and volunteerism.
Originally from New Zealand, Tim has an interesting professional background that includes holding a number of accounting and business management roles in a large, international accounting firm, to Chief Financial Officer/Director for FREERIDENZ, a smaller tourism business. Most recently he spent the winter ski patrolling at Sunshine Village. Tim has volunteered in Kashmir, India, he holds an advanced first aid certificate and speaks intermediate Japanese. He is also a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and a Prince2 Project Management designation.
Rae joined the YWCA Banff team in March 2014, bringing with her a background in advocacy work and a degree in women’s studies. Rae is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the YWCA Social Enterprise, the Affordable Housing Programs and the overall facility. Rae is passionate about supporting Bow Valley people and continuously works to improve access to housing solutions and supportive programming. In her spare time, she enjoys curling and walking her dog Monty.
Reave joined the YWCA team in January 2016 as the manager of the Harmony Project and has recently taken on a new role as the Director of Programs and Services. Reave moved to the Bow Valley with her family in the summer of 2015 and has been enjoying it ever since! She brings an extensive background in human services including experience in the domestic violence and settlement sectors as well as experience in non-profit management. Prior to relocating to the Bow Valley, Reave completed her Master’s in Social Work with a specialization in leadership and enjoyed teaching social work courses at her local college.
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A deep-rooted love of the mountains drew Salina to the Bow Valley from Australia where her heart has called the Bow Valley 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. Salina currently manages Public Relations at CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures, headquartered in Banff. Whether hiking, biking, snowboarding or camping, she is happiest finding adventures outside, amongst the mountain landscape of the Canadian Rockies.
With a passion for social and environmental welfare, she believes in supporting 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 our community.
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 spanning nearly 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.
Natali has called Banff home for the past 11 years. Having lived in various mountain communities prior to Banff, including Golden and Jasper, the opportunity to establish her own dental practice, in such amazing surroundings, is what brought her and her husband to Banff in 2003. Natali was born and raised in Ottawa and did her Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Immunology and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at McGill University in Montreal.
Natali loves living in Banff because of the opportunities to be outside in the beautiful surroundings hiking, skiing, biking or just walking. She also loves the strong sense of community in Banff and possibilities to be involved in the community as a volunteer. This is her second time being on the board of the YWCA and she is passionate about making a difference in the lives of girls and women in the Bow Valley. Natali is also a member of the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital Community Board and the Banff Mineral Springs Foundation.
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.
Wendy Kuiper joined the YWCA Board of Directors in 2012 and served two years as Vice President – Governance, and as President from 2016-2019. Wendy currently works at the Town of Banff as a Peace Officer. Wendy believes that women are leaders in shaping social and cultural directions to achieve equality for all women. In her spare time Wendy plays slow-pitch baseball, and can be found biking and hiking on our mountain trails.
Kerry is a lawyer with Karras Rathbone Miller in Banff, practicing in the areas of Real Estate, Wills and Estates, and Corporate Law. Before moving to Banff in September 2014, she practiced litigation with a Calgary law firm. Kerry obtained her law degree from the University of Calgary. During law school, she volunteered with Student Legal Assistance and she was President of Canadian Lawyers Abroad University of Calgary Student Chapter.
Kerry has always had an interest in other countries, customs and cultures. This interest led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at the University of Calgary. During her undergraduate degree she studied abroad at the University of Economics in Prague. Over the years she has travelled throughout Western and Central Europe, Croatia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Turkey. In her spare time, Kerry enjoys snowboarding, biking and hiking. As a young female professional, promoting the empowerment of women and girls is of particular importance to Kerry.
Rosemary Thompson has worked as a Senior Executive in the Arts and Media for more than 30 years. She is the Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Board Relations for Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the largest post-graduate art school in Canada. She is the former Executive Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Corporate Secretary of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada’s largest performing arts organization.
Rosemary worked as a television correspondent for more than 20 years before moving into management positions in the arts. She is the former Deputy Bureau Chief of the Parliamentary Bureau of CTV National News in Ottawa, and was the first woman ever assigned by CTV to cover the Washington Bureau. She was also the Montreal Bureau Chief of CTV National News during a tumultuous time in Canadian politics, during the 1995 Referendum on Sovereignty. She has covered 7 election campaigns, 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan. She’s also produced two Royal Visits, and was a key member on the team that delivered the $225.4 M renewal of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is married to Pierre Boulet and together they have two children, three cats, and a lot of fun. She loves skiing, skating and volunteering.
to move on many times, to many other great places, but can never seem to stay away for long. With a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and the CMA certification in her back pocket, she has worked in hotel’s accounting departments from Lake Louise to Bangkok, from Osaka to Boston. However, since you can’t ski Fenway Park, it was time to return to the Rockies… for the 6th time. In 2015, Dominique took on the accounting and finance of The Grizzly Paw Pub & Brewing Company Ltd. in Canmore. She is particularly interested in bringing numbers, sustainability and a few laughs to every discussion.
Inspired by great women and looking to give back, Dominique joined the board of the YWCA early 2018. When she is not in the office, you can find her on the ski slopes, on a trail, cheerleading the Grizzly Paw running team or catching up with a friend while shopping for awesome shoes.
Kate Boyd moved to the Valley in 2015, to take a role with Canada’s national para-nordic ski team with Nordiq Canada. Currently, the team’s High-Performance Manager and NextGen coach, Kate supports the team and the team behind the team to perform on the international stage, including the Paralympic Games. At the 2018, Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Kate was Canada’s only female coach.
Prior to moving to the Valley, Kate had a career with the YMCA-YWCA’s in Ontario, managing camping and outdoor education programs, including an all-girls summer residential camp. An active volunteer in her communities, Kate was also a board member for the Peterborough YWCA.
When not travelling with the para-nordic team, Kate can be found mountain biking, trail running, nordic skiing or out on adventures with her pup. When she is able to acquire a boat, she is happiest in a canoe on a lake.
Originally from Toronto, Heather and her family travelled to the Rockies annually for ski trips. In her last year of university, she toured the Alberta and BC mountains with her father. While staying at a hostel in Rossland she met a man in his 90’s who had been skiing 100+ days a year since he was 20. It was then that she decided to move west. After completing her Bachelor in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph she moved to Calgary, where she could be close to the mountains, pursue her passion for skiing and her engineering career.
Ella has proudly called Canmore home for the past 15 years. As a Social Worker for over 20 years, Ella has been a strong advocate for the rights and well being of women and children. She represents Alberta Health Services, as a founding partner agency on the YWCA Banff initiative the Harmony Project, brought together to create a coordinated response and help reduce sexualized violence in the Bow Valley. She is the Program Facilitator with Addiction & Mental Health and is honoured to work in the community to improve the well being of Bow Valley citizens.
When not working, Ella can be found volunteering with her husband for sports organizations, cheering on her son in hockey rinks around Alberta, supporting her daughter’s dance aspirations and walking her Bernadoodle on our glorious mountain trails.
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