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Bow Valley young adult hub gets Canada 150 grant for $15K

Date: 22nd March 2017

A new hub for young adults is one step closer to lifting off after a grant for $15,000 from the Banff Canmore Community Foundation and Community Fund for Canada’s 150th to the Town of Banff.

Called the SPACE Lab (where SPACE is an acronym for: Share Philanthropy: Act with Care and Empathy and Lab is short for Laboratory = a place for research and learning), this renovation project is currently transforming an existing underused space into a barrier free, inclusive, accessible meeting, learning, and working space for youth and young adults, centrally located in the heart of Banff.

“The SPACE Lab will demonstrate to Canadians that the Bow Valley is a healthier and more vibrant community because we care about the young adults who are choosing to live and work in this area. We are thrilled to be working with our community partners on this Canada 150 project,” Lorraine Widmer-Carson, executive director of BCCF says. “We want to actively encourage young people to get connected, learn about each other, feel included and ultimately build their sense of belonging.”

“This project is building on a spirit of Bow Valley collaboration with the Banff Canmore Community Foundation acting as a funding partner, idea accelerator, pivot point and welcoming host,” Widmer-Carson adds, noting the Town of Banff and other community partners will develop programs in new and innovative ways for the SPACE Lab. Specifically, the Town of Banff will be creating after school programming for Grades 7 to 10 and programming for BanffLIFE, ages 18 to 30 in the new space.

“The Banff Canmore Community Foundation is happy to partner with the Town of Banff on the vision of celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary and helping to plan the gift of a new community asset,” Widmer-Carson says.

With this funding announcement, the foundation and the national network of Canada 150 Fund supporters are supporting six sesquicentennial projects and over $50,000 of support for celebrations in the Lake Louise to Exshaw corridor. The projects are: Bison Belong Celebration, The Shoe Project, Mural Project, Grassi Lakes Interpretive Signage, Telling Our Stoney Stories, and this most recent decision for the SPACE Lab.

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