Adapting to Community Needs

The YWCA has helped many women and families across the Bow Valley move forward from abuse; has supported countless individuals with a stable home; and has raised awareness and generated action to prevent sexual and domestic violence. As community needs evolve, the YWCA has the experience and strong community ties to be the catalyst for a creative and transformative approach to addressing complex social issues in the Bow Valley.

Bow Valley Higher Ground Project

The Higher Ground Project is the YWCA’s plan to bring a new, purpose-built facility to Canmore with a range of services that address domestic and sexual violence in the Bow Valley. This includes shelter and transitional housing, counselling, services for children, and violence prevention programs. Higher Ground will leverage the unique expertise of the YWCA, other local agencies, and the broader network of service providers throughout Alberta in order to provide relevant, long-term support for Bow Valley residents experiencing violence and associated vulnerabilities.

Palliser Land Transfer

We were excited to be invited to the Palliser Land Transfer announcement on April 17th 2023. We have been working closely with the Town of Canmore for years on this project and were thrilled to see that land transfer occur with a promise to build more affordable housing and support services our community needs.  

Early Investors

YWCA Banff is deeply grateful for the generosity of the following individuals, businesses, and organizations whose investment has been instrumental in launching the Bow Valley Higher Ground Project:

  • Rotary Club of Canmore
  • Fairmont Banff Springs
  • Ron and Norma Westcott
  • VINEart Gala & Auction
  • Slats & Friends Charity Golf Tournament
  • 100 Holes of Help & Jamie Perkins Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

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

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