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

Each year during the third week of October, Canadians bond with people in over 90 countries around the world to mark YWCA’s Week Without Violence™, a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. More than 9,500 people in schools, workplaces and neighbourhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past.
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As part of YWCA Canada’s commitment to violence prevention initiatives, we will be holding our 7th annual The Power of Being a Girl conference for girls in grades 4, 5, and 6. We will host our conference during the YWCA’s National Week Without Violence, on Saturday October 22nd, 2016.
LIMITED SPACE!! Call 403.760.3200 or email to register today!

This November we are also happy to announce that we will be launching the Strength in Being a Boy conference for boys in grade 4, 5 and 6 on November 26, 2016 during Alberta's Family Violence Prevention Month. For more information email

Both of these programs are offered at no charge and focus on encouraging leadership, empowerment, empathy and healthy relationships with self and peers.


Television personality and author Rick Mercer is urging Canadians to support the work of YWCA Canada in a new public service announcement, released today by the country’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization. The public service announcement is available for viewing here.

YWCA Canada is thrilled to have Rick Mercer’s support of our work for women and their families. With a lack of pay parity, a scarcity of affordable housing, and a lack of affordable childcare spaces, women are forced to stay longer in shelter and require more post-shelter services. Girls and young women are experience increased levels of dating and online violence, making YWCA Canada’s commitment to empowering young women essential. YWCA Canada is needed now more than ever.

YWCA Canada continues to be the single largest provider of shelter to women in the country and the second largest provider of affordable child care outside of government.  YWCA Member Associations across Canada serve over 400,000 women and girls every year through over 600 programs, empowering women and girls in a safe and equitable society.

YWCA Canada thanks Rick Mercer for his engagement and support of our work for women and girls.

The Harmony Project is a new community initiative addressing sexualized assault and harassment in the Bow Valley. The goals of the project are to streamline the provision of services for victims to expedite the healing journey; to take a proactive approach to changing social norms to prevent sexualized assault; and to develop a coordinated community response across the spectrum of intervention: prevention, crisis, short-term and long-term intervention.

The project committee includes Banff and Canmore RCMP, Bow Valley Victims Services, Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, Alberta Health Services-Addictions and Mental Health, BanffLIFE, Settlement Services, Canmore FCSS, Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team and YWCA Banff.  The Project Manager is Reave MacLeod from YWCA Banff.                


Thank you from all of us at the YWCA for standing up against domestic abuse and sexualized assault in our communities. 

On Friday, September 16, 178 walkers marched on Banff Avenue to help women and children stay safe in our community. Through your hard work we’ve raised more than $78,000 for the YWCA’s violence prevention work, including programming in the Bow Valley schools and the community. A big thank you goes out to the event participants, walkers, sole sisters, volunteers, advocates, donors and sponsors. We could not have done it without you. 

We are so grateful to you, the Bow Valley community, for your extraordinary efforts in raising funds and awareness for intimate partner violence prevention.

For more information on the Bow Valley Walk A Mile campaign, visit

To see photos from the 2016 event, visit us on Facebook!

October Mondays at Noon in the YWCA Great Room, 102 Spray Ave.
Join certified Yoga instructor Tara Koenig every Monday in October for Pay-What-You-Can Yoga.
All donations will go to YWCA Banff Programs & Services. These classes are drop in friendly and open to the public - everyone welcome! For more information contact Guest Services at 403 762-3560.
       Do something good for your mind and body while doing something good for the community!
DONATE: Help improve the lives of women and girls with a donation to YWCA Banff
PAY WHAT YOU CAN YOGA: Every Monday at Noon, YWCA Great Room, 102 Spray Ave. All proceeds will go to our Programs & Services! Certified yoga instructor Tara Koenig.
MEMBERSHIP: Purchase a membership and participate in YWCA events and campaigns; empower, support and advocate for women and girls.  

SPREAD THE WORD: Follow, like and share our work on social media!

Work at YWCA Banff! 

YWCA Banff is an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of diverse backgrounds, education, experiences, skills and knowledge to our organization and community. Our team shares a passion for helping others and working together to achieve real change.

The YWCA Banff Hotel operates as a social enterprise – which means all of our profits stay in the organization to help pay for community programs and services we offer in areas like violence prevention, counselling services and housing.

YWCA Banff Hotel has 43 private rooms and 80 hostel-type beds. We also have a café and meeting space for groups. The YWCA Residence offers affordable housing for up to 120 people.

Although our jobs are similar to what is offered at other hotels, what sets us apart is a mandate to address and advance gender equity and enhance the social fabric of our community.

For current positions click here

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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