Change Makers - Presented by YWCA Banff
Event in celebration of International Women’s Day. Celebrate female change makers who inspire action, locally and globally.
Canada's Change Maker
Keynote speaker Amanda Jetté Knox is a writer and LGBTQ rights advocate. Mother of 14-year-old transgender daughter Alexis and partner to transgender wife Zoe, Amanda shares their family journey through her blog to advocate for LGBTQ rights.
In early 2014, Amanda's middle child came out to the family as a transgender girl, shifting the focus of her mom’s writing career towards LGBTQ rights and education. A few months later, inspired by Alexis' courage, Amanda’s spouse came out as a transgender woman. Both had been painfully hiding their true selves from the world their entire lives.It has been two years of very big changes for this family! Amanda is now married to a woman, her kids have two moms, and there is a permanent rainbow over the house that unicorns like to prance around on. It's all very gay.
Join Amanda for a conversation about the journey that changed everything, and taught Amanda a great deal about courage, compassion and authenticity.
Amanda's work has earned her a human rights award and high praise from those who have followed her family’s journey, which they share openly in the hopes of changing minds and hearts. Amanda is the recipient of the 2014 Joan Gullen Journalism Award for Media Excellence in small print. Her work - and her family's journey - has been featured on CBC, The Globe and Mail, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Us Weekly, The Today Show, WE Day Vancouver, TedX, and various other national and international publications, podcasts and media outlets. In 2016, Microsoft Canada featured Amanda and Alexis as two of six Canadian change makers who they believe are making a big impact through the use of technology. The pair recently worked with the American Counseling Association and the Human Rights Council to bring international awareness of issues affecting transgender youth.
Bow Valley's Change Makers
The event also celebrates local change makers through the annual Bow Valley Women of Distinction Awards. Three local women will be recognized with the awards this year: Mary Buckingham, Keri Martens and Janet Townsend.
Ticket price includes a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage during reception.
8:30 – 9:30 pm