Welcome to The Bridge, YWCA Banff's December newsletter connecting our members and supporters to our organization. 

This Tuesday December 6, 2016 we are hosting an evening reception with keynote speaker Julie S. Lalonde at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies at 6:30 pm. Julie engages people in a dialogue about sexual violence by challenging common myths and empowers bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively.  We invite everyone to join the discussion.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online here or by contacting Paula at 403 760-3201.

December 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The date is etched in history by the shooting deaths of 14 women in 1989 in Montreal at l’Ecole Polytechnique. Canadians reacted with shock, sorrow and outrage.

YWCA Banff and St.George–in-the-Pines Anglican Church introduce the Bridge House project - a small-scale, housing program for vulnerable local women and children, who require stable, short-term housing and supportive services, as they seek to re-establish a life without abuse. The Bridge House program will provide families with dedicated services to assist families with permanent housing, economic independence and appropriate community connections. YWCA Banff and St. George's are working together to bridge the intermediate housing gap between shelter and long term permanent housing.

How you can help!
The Bridge House is an opportunity for community partners and friends to contribute to a made-in-Bow Valley housing solution.  Prior to launching the program, the facility requires capital upgrades including plumbing, electrical, paint, cabinets, flooring, and windows and with a 15-year lease, doing the work now makes sense and is a good investment.

We are currently seeking support for these capital upgrades through cash and in-kind contributions. Our goal is to open the Bridge House to families in late Spring 2017.


DONATEMake a donation as a Christmas Gift and help improve the lives of women and girls this holiday season.
MEMBERSHIP:  Makes a great stocking stuffer this Christmas! Members participate in YWCA events and campaigns, and help empower, support and advocate for women and girls.  
SPREAD THE WORD: Follow, like and share our work on social media!

Harness your passion for fine art, wine and cuisine to benefit the
Bow Valley Women's Emergency Shelter.

March 18, 2017 at the Fairmont Banff Springs

Live and silent auction
Art food and destination experiences
Exclusive wine and spirit lots
Exquisite dinner prepared by Fairmont's finest chefs
Live Performances
Black tie optional

Tickets go on sale December 9th, 2016

For more information contact Paula Krupa at 403 760-3201 or


Wendy Kuiper
Vice President - Governance
 Kerry Miller
Vice President - Operations
Lori McLain 
Suzanne White
Audrey Denholm
Past President 
Susan Kennard

Shannon Fountain 
Natali Schindler
Joylina Gonsalves  
Vicki Smith

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Photo Credit: Brenda Lindal

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PO Box 520, Banff, Alberta T1L 1A7

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