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Active Youth

Banff Community High School Athletics

$25,000 Annually                   2014 – 2015 – 2016 – 2017

The Pauw Foundation commitment to supporting active and healthy lifestyles is the cornerstone of our decision to support BCHS athletics. Youth sport is not only fun, it’s also plays such an important role in positive growth for kids. Unreasonable costs associated with participating in Banff school sports are a reality due to our location and size. The Pauw donation of $25,000 towards BCHS Athletics is intended to reduce the cost of school sports by up to 50%, a significant financial consideration for many Banff families. We want to contribute to the elimination of financial costs as a barrier to kids getting active.

Banff High School Volleyball

Banff Elementary School Outdoor Pursuits

$16,000 Annually                   2015 – 2015 – 2016 – 2017

The Banff Elementary School Outdoor Pursuits program ensures that every BES student is exposed to active pursuits which represent our mountain community, from skating to downhill skiing, to climbing, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. This program ensures that more than 375 students have outdoor learning opportunities over a 4 week period each year. Many students may be introduced to winter conditions and mountain sports for the very first time through this program. The Pauw Foundation donation of $16,000 ensures that Outdoor Pursuits is available to all families at minimal to no cost. This program perfectly aligns with the Foundation vision that Banff will be a happier and healthier community.

Banff Elementary School Outdoor Persuits

Pauw Foundation Youth Sport Fund for Bow Valley Recreation and Sport Clubs

$20,000 Committed               2016
$25,000 Committed               2017

Launched in 2016, The Pauw Foundation Youth Sport Fund was set up to help Bow Valley youth sport organizations with financial support. Recognizing that community sport organizations work very hard to maintain a balance of quality programming and affordability, the Pauw Youth Sport Fund aims to provide annual funding support to help offset the various costs associated with running a not-for-profit club.

Supporting Education

Outdoor Education

$20,000 Donation                  2016
$15,000 Donation                  2015
$10,000 Donation                  2014
$15,000 Donation                  2013

The Outdoor Education Program was reintroduced at Banff Community High School in September 2013 with a $15,000 donation from the Pauw Foundation. With course offerings from both BCHS and the school division lead Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre, BCHS students can participate in a Junior High level semester-long introductory outdoor course, and Senior High level optional 3-day to 5-day courses that specialize in Water Experience, Winter Travel, Back Country Camping, Wilderness Inspired Leadership Development, and more. The Pauw Foundation support of Outdoor Education helps with gear and equipment purchases, program development, and ensuring that participation fees for Bow Valley students are kept at an affordable amount.

Banff Community High School Outdoor Education
Banff Community High School Outdoor Ed 2013

Cdn Rockies Public Schools – Dual Credit Program

$9,000 Annually                     2014 – 2015

The Program, in partnership with Bow Valley College, saw the students apply some hands-on work experience with the senior management team of Banff Lodging Co., over a period of six weeks.  As a supporting partner of the High School Dual Credit program, Banff Lodging Co. welcomed their Grade 11 recruits to become part of the hotel’s launching strategy; taking hard hat tours to understand the final stages of the hotel’s construction, meeting key Directors of the company, and contributing to Marketing discussions, guest experience brainstorms, and touring the hotel with The Moose Hotel & Suites General Manager, Peter DuBeau.

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Community Building

Community Champion Investment – Banff Canmore Community Foundation

$10,000 Annually                   2015 – 2016 – 2017    

Pauw Foundation works closely with Lorraine and the Board at the Banff Canmore Community Foundation year round. We have the highest respect for the amazing work and energy that BCCF commits to building a stronger, smarter, and healthier Bow Valley. When BCCF was looking for community leaders to jumpstart the new Community Investment Partnership Program, Pauw Foundation stepped forward with a 3-year, $10,000 per year donation. This program supports BCCF’s annual community grants initiatives, funding a wide range of organizations representing various needs across our communities.

Banff Child Care Centre

$6,000 Annually                     2014 – 2015 – 2016 – 2017

Annually, Pauw Foundation supports the Banff Child Care Centre. Where would our community be without affordable, reliable, safe and loving child care solutions? We make an annual donation to help keep a sustainable child care centre running so our family employees can love their jobs without the stress of worrying about how their babies are spending their days!

Banff Child Care Centre

Town of Banff Mountain Adventurers Out of School Program

$16,000 Annually                   2016 – 2017

When the Town of Banff Child & Youth Department recognized a care need for Banff kids in the Grade 4 to 6 range, Pauw Foundation stepped in to help create a unique alternative to traditional out of school care programming. These kids, getting too old for traditional care programs, but not quite ready to be completely independent while parents work during Half Day Friday afternoons, can now participate in the new Mountain Adventurers outdoor, mountain activity Friday afternoon program. Pauw Foundation partnered with Town Youth workers to establish this Pauw- funded program ensuring that kids are supervised in outdoor, active, mountain recreation activities.

Banff Mineral Springs / Town of Banff Seniors Adaptive Bike

$14,000 Donation                  2016

When Banff Mineral Springs Hospital physiotherapist, Annie Tredray, determined that hospitalized seniors deserved more fun and better access to mobilization, she researched an adaptive bike and started a fundraising campaign. The one of a kind bike and trailer model, allows seniors, with a guide, to be buckled into their seat, to pedal or not depending on mood and ability, and features higher handle bars for natural body positioning. It will improve mobility, socialization and most importantly, allow disabled seniors to keep a level of activity outside. Pauw Foundation quickly committed a $14,000 donation to the project, which was leveraged with many other community partners to purchase the bike.

Tunnel Mountain / Loppett Tracksetting Snowmobile Replacement

$5,000 Donation                    2015

A hardcore group of local volunteers, for many years, have committed to trackset and maintain cross country trails around Banff. These cross country enthusiasts put hours into ensuring the Banff to Lake Louise Loppett trail remains in great shape for the annual Loppett race, and for ongoing cross country enjoyment through the winter. Three years ago, this group formed an alliance with Parks Canada and the Town of Banff to establish cross country trails at the Tunnel Mountain Campground. These new trails bring an easily accessible, novice-rated trail system to cross country enthusiasts. They’re close enough to Banff to fit in a lunch time ski, and even have lighting for evening adventure! When the need for a new tracksetting snowmobile was discovered, Pauw Foundation skied up with a donation of $5,000 for the purchase. This ensures that this wonderful volunteer group has the equipment required to continue maintaining these new trails and keeping cross country skiers moving on this great new trail system.

Banff Community Foundation After the Flood Trail Stewardship Fund

$10,000 Donation                  2013

Just as the Wim & Nancy Pauw Foundation was preparing to announce its first ever community donations, the Bow Valley and Southern Alberta was hit by catastrophic flooding which damaged homes, businesses and area infrastructure. Immediately, the Wim & Nancy Pauw Foundation recognized the damage done to area trails, natural public areas, and backcountry infrastructure. A donation of $10,000 was made to kick-start the Banff Community Foundation’s After the Flood Trail Stewardship Fund, a fund committed to rebuilding these important pathways and restore access to public lands in Banff National Park. A quick partnership with the Banff Community Foundation and Parks Canada had volunteers into groups, wheelbarrows and equipment purchased, and repairs and restoration started at Lower Bankhead, Fenland Trail, Cascade Ponds and the Legacy Trail.

Flood Trail Stewardship

“Supporting a more active, vibrant, happy community of Banff”