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.

Dr. Priscilla Wilson Memorial Award

In honour of Dr. Priscilla Wilson, YWCA Banff, together with the Wilson family, have established an award in her name to be launched at the organization’s Change Makers event in 2019. Change Makers celebrates those who–like Priscilla–embrace change and challenge in order to contribute to a thriving, equitable society.

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 Memorial Award will recognize a woman from the Bow Valley who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation to make a meaningful difference in our community.

Dr. Priscilla Wilson Endowment Fund

In order to support the Dr. Priscilla Wilson Memorial 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 to YWCA Banff, who will hold the funds in perpetuity through an external endowment fund. To support the Dr. Priscilla Wilson Change Maker Award, donate online, in person, over the phone or by mail.