Welcome to The Bridge Newsletter, YWCA Banff
Issue 10, February 2016
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BRIDGE TALK - Connie's  February Update:

I've just returned from a week in Toronto where I met with YWCA colleagues from across the country. These meetings give us a chance to collectively discuss strategic plans for YWCA Canada and the World YWCA, national standards, what keeps us up at night (and I don’t mean night sweats!), as well as YWCA’s advocacy priorities and numerous program and operations issues and ideas.

I feel fortunate to be part of such an amazing group of women leaders who collectively support women, children and communities from coast to coast. The willingness to learn and share practices is unlike any professional relationship I’ve ever encountered.

The past two months have been action packed at the Y. On January 1, we welcomed three new members to our programming team – Larissa Dillabough, as an Anti-Violence Counsellor and Educator (ACE); and Reave McLeod, who is managing the Community Response Plan for Sexualized Assault project. We’ve also got a new furry, four-legged pup named Luna who, together with Larissa, provides pet therapy. 



On March 3, 2016, YWCA Banff and Soroptimist International are proud to present this year’s guest speaker for International Women’s Day: Natalie Panek. 

Rocket scientist, explorer, and advocate for women in tech – Natalie is on a mission to inspire the next generation of female game-changers to dive head-on into challenge and pursue careers in engineering and technology.

Natalie was named one of CBC’s 12 young leaders changing Canada and recently chosen as one of 23 visionary women to help shape Canada’s future through A Bold Vision.

This event will also feature the second annual Bow Valley Women of Distinction Awards recognizing three Bow Valley women for their contributions to the community. This year Madeline Crilley, Carolin Crofts and Dr. Priscilla Wilson will be recognized.



A bold event showcasing women of the Bow Valley – artists, chefs, leaders – in support of the YWCA Banff and its Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter. VINEart is a one-of-a-kind elegant evening featuring:

Live and on-line auction of exclusive art experiences and limited, specialized lots of wine and spirits
Exquisite dinner presented by some of the Valley’s finest female chefs
Live performances and music
Black Tie optional

Special hotel rates are available at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for $199 per night, plus fees and taxes. Call 1 800-441-1414 and quote VINEart for this rate.

For more information contact:
Paula Krupa 403.760.3201 or Carla Snow 403.760.3212 or

We sat down with the new members of our Programs and Services team to find out a little more about them:

Meet Larissa 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. 
A: I started as an Anti-Violence Counsellor and Educator here at the YWCA Banff at the beginning of January and prior to that I was living in Calgary working as a counsellor at Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse. I am very excited about the move and am absolutely loving getting to live, play, and work in the Bow Valley. It’s great getting to have so much better access to all the mountains have to offer, especially the skiing, hiking, and climbing.

Meet Reave

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.   
A: I am professional social worker with a Master’s degree (leadership specialization).  I moved to the Bow Valley this summer with my family from Fort McMurray, AB and we love it here!  My most recent work experience includes teaching social work to diploma students at the college level and overseeing immigrant and youth serving programs in a non-profit setting.  I also worked in domestic violence for many years.



Bridge Talk - Connie's February Update

International Women's Day

Bow Valley Women of distinction Awards

VINEart Gala Auction

Meet The Team

March Membership


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New members welcome! Most exisiting memberships expire on March 31. Please renew your membership today!

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