Mayumi Yasuda

Mayumi Yasuda has cemented a community reputation for sharing, helping, inspiring, nurturing and enriching people’s lives.

Yasuda, a native of Japan, has made Banff her home for over 20 years; she has garnered a strong public standing through her countless efforts in volunteerism.

Yasuda is a manager for Banff’s indoor and outdoor soccer association, is a hockey manager and scheduler for women’s hockey and an initiation hockey coach. She is also a volunteer interpreter at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, a mentor with
the Bow Valley Mentor Program and a Banff Elementary
School volunteer.

“I moved here when I was fairly young and wanted to do something for the community,” said Mayumi. “I wanted to help kids, because I used to coach swimming in Japan. I love kids and wanted to continue helping kids.

“I thought other people should deserve (the SHINE award) other than me; I’m just doing it because I love to be involved,” Yasuda said when asked how she felt about the community recognition. “But it’s very nice to be recognized by the town for what I do.”

Yasuda believes anyone can find the time to get involved in community volunteerism, and shouldn’t be discouraged when just starting out in helping a community.

“Don’t think about volunteering as a big thing, tiny little things help everyone,” Yasuda said. “Ten people can step into it and make big things happen.”

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