Improving the lives of Women and GirlsSoroptimist International of the Americas, Inc. Western Canada Region
WC Soroptimist

SI of Banff National Park & Canmore

Club email: sibanffntlpark@soroptimist.net

Chartered in 1960

For over 50 years, SI of Banff National Park and Canmore’s members have worked and played together, offered service to the community and raised funds for special projects, which directly benefit women and girls in the community, and for the good of national and international projects.

Meeting Information
Day: Please email us or check Facebook at “Soroptimist Banff and Canmore” for our future meeting dates.
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Banff and/or Canmore, as determined by membership. 
Guests are always welcome. Email for meeting information.    

Executive 2015-2016
President: Patti McFadyen
Secretary: Christie Foreman
Treasurer: Nancy D’Agostino

Life Members
Barb Smyth
Betty Arnold

Special Members – Past and Present
Yvonne Machuk , Governor WCR, 1994- 1996
Yvonne Machuk, SIA Federation President. 2000 – 2001
Yvonne Machuk, Chair, 19th Soroptimist Convention, Montreal, 2011
Anne Goulet,  Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Treasurer, 1999 – 2003
Anne Goulet, Treasurer, 19th Soroptimist Convention, Montreal, 2011

Live your Dream Award
The Live your Dream Awards (formerly Women’s Opportunity Awards) have been offered every year. In total over $30,000 has been awarded to women in the Bow Valley to help with furthering their education.

Violet Richardson Award
The VRA award is presented in most years to a deserving young person in our community.

Annual Fundraiser
Traditionally, SI of BNP & C’s largest fundraiser is an annual themed dinner at the Banff Park Lodge, taking place on the first Tuesday in March.  It is the premier women’s event of the year in the Bow Valley, attracting 250 ladies to a wonderful evening of fundraising and fun.  To date almost $500,000 has been raised! For information on future fundraisers, please e-mail us.

Projects
SI of BNP & C supports many, many projects, including local food banks, day cares, hospitals, camps, seniors, kids’ sports, cancer research, youth programs, high school awards, funds to disaster ravaged areas at home and worldwide, education for girls and women in Somalia and Guatamala, an orphanage in Nepal, tuition for special youth programs, a Girls’ Conference, and numerous one-time requests and needs.

History of Banff National Park
Nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, the communities of Banff and Lake Louise have been welcoming international visitors for more than a century. At 1,384 m (4,540 ft) above sea level, Banff is “Canada’s Highest Town”.
Today, Banff National Park is one of four adjoining mountain parks comprising more than 5,200 square miles of spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountain landscape. For current visitors, bathing in the hot springs is one of many activities offered in Canada’s foremost National Park. If you visit the Banff/Lake Louise area you will see why each year more than 3.5 million visitors come to enjoy the unique feeling of the Canadian Rockies, and to experience why the United Nations in 1985 declared the Banff area a “World Heritage Site”.
Combining wild alpine beauty with first-class amenities, few places in the world have such stunning scenery, and fewer still offer the warm hospitality and excellent service you can enjoy in Banff and Lake Louise.
Population: 8,250