A celebration of women who impact change and inspire action, locally and globally.

Join us for an evening of inspiration with guest speaker Soulafa Al-Abbasi as we celebrate the women in our community who have made a difference across the Bow Valley.

This year’s event will be held on May 19, 2022, at 6:45 PM at the Malcolm Hotel.

Please note, this year’s event is sold out.

  • Bow Valley’s Change Makers

    The event also celebrates local changemakers with the 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.

An extraordinary legacy

Dr. Priscilla Wilson left a unique legacy in Banff as the first female doctor in town and an inspirational mentor, role model and friend to so many people. Queen of the Rockies is a fitting title for a woman whose magnetic character and insatiable appetite for fun were a big part of why she is so loved. Priscilla possessed the distinct combination of being both compelling herself, while curious about and compassionate for all those around her.

In 2016, Priscilla was a proud recipient of a YWCA Women of Distinction award, nominated by peers in recognition of her significant contributions to the fabric of the Bow Valley community. Be it Priscilla’s work as a dedicated family physician and as Chair of AIDS Bow Valley; her leadership role in advocating for a new underground water infrastructure for Banff as Medical Officer of Health during the “Beaver Fever” crisis; or her work advocating for women pursuing medicine, Priscilla’s legacy has set an outstanding example for other aspiring leaders in the Bow Valley.

The Dr. Priscilla Wilson Change Maker Award was established in 2019 to further recognize Dr. Wilson’s influence within our community. This annual award recognizes a woman in the Bow Valley who is making or has made a meaningful difference in the community by setting an example for others, inspiring ideas, demonstrating leadership and taking meaningful action.

In 2021 the Dr. Priscilla Wilson Change Maker Endowment Fund was established by the Wilson family to honour Dr. Wilson and advance women’s leadership and gender equality in the Bow Valley.

Dr. Priscilla Wilson Change Maker Award

Change Makers celebrates those who–like Priscilla–embrace change and challenge in order to contribute to a thriving, equitable society.

The Dr. Priscilla Wilson Change Maker Award will recognize a woman from the Bow Valley who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation to make a meaningful difference in our community.

This award is nominated by committee.

Dr. Priscilla Wilson Change Maker Endowment Fund

In order to support the Dr. Priscilla Wilson Change Maker Award, the Wilson family has set up an endowment fund through the YWCA Banff, with a goal of raising $200,000 to ensure funding is available in perpetuity to remember Priscilla and promote positive change in the Bow Valley community. Funds will be used to cover expenses associated with the award including: advertising and administration; recognition of the recipient; speaker fees; and relevant event costs. Surplus funds will support core YWCA programming, at the discretion of the CEO.

Gifts towards the fund will be donated through Banff Canmore Community Foundation, who will hold the funds in perpetuity through an external endowment fund.

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

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