The Women Behind the Peanut Butter Classic

The Peanut Butter Classic was started by Heather Forsyth (former MLA). Heather wanted to do something to encourage women helping women and children. She called a group of passionate friends and together they formed a charity golf tournament.

They chose a woman’s charity to support and also decided to collect for food bank donations. When Heather called the Calgary Food Bank, the number one item required at the time was peanut butter. This was the inspiration for the unique name for this charity golf classic.

Heather remains incredibly proud of what this wonderful group of dedicated women has been able to accomplish over the last 16 years. The Peanut Butter Classic has raised over $1.8 million dollars to help women and children and has provided thousands of jars of peanut butter to the Calgary Food Bank!

Shane Homes is our presenting sponsor of the tournament. Under the leadership of Shane Wenzel, President of Shane Homes, they not only donate money, they also quietly do the repairs and maintenance at Alcove Residences.

The Calgary Firefighters have been supporters of the Peanut Butter Classic since inception. In 2018 the Peanut Butter Classic decided to add the FACS as one of our recipient charities.

It takes a team of committed ladies to pull off the Peanut Butter Classic each year. The following is our 2019 board roster.

"I feel strongly about giving back to women and their families. I believe this ladies only golf tournament is a fun and unique way to make a difference."

Heather Forsyth

PBC Chair and founder

"I am on this committee as a memory to Betty Switzer, who strongly believed in women helping women ."

Anne Christopoulos

Switzer Investments LTD.

PBC Board Member (2009)

"I wanted to give back to our great community in Calgary and work with like-minded people. Knowing that in some small way I have helped give someone a hand up is very gratifying."

Carol Cowan

Territory Manager, Jamieson Laboratories

PBC Board Member (2017)

"An amazing group of women that raise and give back 98% of the proceeds collected to support various well deserved charities, is something I am proud and honoured to be part of. These women donate their time and hard work to help others in need."

Kim Urban

President, Urban Consulting Corp.

PBC Board Member (2016)

"Because everyone needs help, and sometimes people need more help than others, at some point in their journey. "

Rhonda Halyn, CMA

VP Finance, Shane Homes & Creations by Shane Homes

PBC Board Member (2010)

"I joined the PBC to contribute to a top notch charitable organization. Supporting women and their children is crucial to our community. I am thrilled to be a part of an amazing group of women!"

Janet Blahun

PBC Board Member (2017)

"As a mother of two small children I love the idea when women are seeking help at Alcove they can bring their children with them. I strongly believe in what we do for Alcove."

Janey Chupik

PBC Board Member (2011)

"I wanted to be part of an amazing group of ladies that stood for “Women Helping Women”. The women of the PBC accomplish bigger and better things every year and being a participant is so rewarding. "

Ann Logue

PBC Board Member (2003)

"PBC is the only golf tournament in Calgary that raises funds to support organizations that focus on issues affecting the welfare of women and children. Alcove has been privileged and we are extremely grateful to be the recipient of this phenomenal and growing fundraiser. "

Cheryll Nandee

Executive Director Alcove

"I am passionate about helping women and children in our community. After having the pleasure of playing in the Peanut Butter Classic last year, I was so impressed with how efficient the tournament was organized. The enthusiasm and heart of the volunteers made me jump at the opportunity to contribute as a board member."

Gabrielle Motuz

PBC Board Member (2019)

"It is inspiring to work with such a group of dedicated women volunteers. Their passion to help women and children in need in our community, and the Calgary Food Bank, has helped build the Peanut Butter Classic golf tournament into a very successful and fun fundraising event. "

Cathy Spackman

Board Member Alcove

PBC Board Member (2003)

"This is my first year sitting on the PBC Board and I’m so proud to be part of a committee that gives 98% of the donations back to the charity!

I played in this tournament for the first time last year and was so impressed with the organization, that I asked if I could jump on “board”. "

Nicole Castle

PBC Board Member (2018)

"I was first made aware of PBC through a client who is a long-time sponsor and advocate of the tournament. After participating as a golfer for a couple years, I knew I wanted to be a bigger part of this initiative. The charity recipient, Alcove Addiction Recovery for Women, is what made it that much more important to me. A member in my family has fallen victim to addiction, and everything that Alcove stands for hits very close to home for me. I want to be able to support fundraising where 98% of those funds raised go to the charity, and better yet a charity that works to help mother’s recover with the love and support of their children."

Terri Lawrence

PBC Board Member (2018)

"I volunteer to share my skills and experiences and to contribute to making our community a better place. As an active member of the PBC board since 2012 I have enjoyed the friendships and teamwork of an amazing group of women who care deeply about helping women and children in need. "

Wendy Keegan

PBC Board Member (2010)

"Participating in the PBC for many years and now on the organizing committee, I look forward to another successful year. As the city grows, so does the need for women to find respite and care at Alcove Recovery. I am proud to be involved with this worthwhile cause. What a difference a day makes!"

Heather Davies

"The Peanut Butter Classic really spoke to me. I have always been invested in "Women helping Women" and my time with this dynamic group of women has fulfilled that mission. The team works hard to raise money, put on an incredible tournament for this very worthy cause and we are able to give 98% of our monies raised to the charity. I am sincerely privileged to be part of PBC. "

Jeaninne Zanewich

PBC Board Member (2013)

Alcove Board Member


"I’m excited to join this female led initiative supported by a strong group of woman working to lift up other woman in the community. The organizations supported are doing incredible work and I’m proud to lend my support."

Karla Williams

PBC Board Member (2018)