YWCA Banff invites you to join us at Change Makers, a celebration of women who impact change and inspire action, locally and globally. Special guest Beckie Scott will join the winners of the fifth annual Bow Valley Women of Distinction Awards and the recipient of the first annual Dr. Priscilla Wilson Memorial Award.

Special Guest: Beckie Scott

Each year, Change Makers invites a Canadian speaker to address relevant issues and inspire positive social progress. This year, the keynote speaker is three-time Olympian Beckie Scott. Scott retired in 2006, capping nearly two decades of competitive cross-country ski racing as Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country racers. Scott was recently awarded an Order of Canada, the country’s second highest honour, for her extensive contributions to sport in Canada as a decorated athlete, fair play ambassador and champion of clean sport.  Guests of Change Makers can expect a compelling presentation about Scott’s journey from ski racer to her current role as President and CEO of Spirit North, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of Indigenous children and youth through sport.


Bow Valley’s Change Makers

The event also celebrates local changemakers with the fifth annual Bow Valley Women of Distinction Awards. These awards recognize women who through their own initiative, ability and effort have made an exemplary achievement in their field, women who are outstanding role models because of their goals and the way they have achieved these goals, women who have made substantial contributions to the social fabric of their communities in unique and individual ways.

Join us as we recognize this year’s recipients – Patricia Grayling, Nan Hughes-Poole, and Karen Sorensen – and celebrate their achievements.


Dr. Priscilla Wilson Memorial Award

This year’s awards will include the first annual Dr. Priscilla Wilson Memorial Award.  This award celebrates those who – like Priscilla- embrace change and challenge in order to contribute to a thriving, equitable society.

The first annual Dr. Priscilla Wilson Memorial Award recognizes Barb Pelham, a long-time Bow Valley resident who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation to make a meaningful difference in our community.

Change Makers takes place on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7pm at Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre. Wine reception to follow.

Tickets are now available through the Banff Centre Box Office.