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Calgary Foundation invests $50K in Bow Valley hub for young adults

Date: 30th March 2017

The Calgary Foundation has joined the Banff Canmore Community Foundation in imagining an inclusive, barrier free, welcoming hub for youth and young adults in the Bow Valley. The result? The Calgary Foundation will be supporting the SPACE Lab with a $50,000 grant to give this project a boost.





Houston! We have lights! The SPACE Lab renovation is well underway. 

“Nurturing a vibrant community where everyone belongs is at the heart of community foundations across Canada,” says Eva Friesen, President & CEO at the Calgary Foundation. “We’re honoured to support the SPACE Lab in Banff, which will create a bridge across our differences to build an inclusive space for all youth and young adults.”

With this gift and the support of others, including Town of Banff and the DC Anderson Family Foundation the space is now moving towards goals that will make it wheelchair accessible. The project is 80% of the way to the $150,000 that will cover costs related to the renovation, furnishings, stair lift and accessibility upgrades.

“We are thrilled to have the support from the Calgary Foundation, our community partners and the DC Anderson Foundation. This project is about engaging the hearts, minds, and imaginations of others as we build a smarter, more caring, and more welcoming community in celebration of Canada’s 150,” executive director of BCCF Lorraine Widmer-Carson says. “It’s also gratifying to be within $30,000 of our fundraising goal. We encourage everyone in the Bow Valley to help us turn this vision into a reality. Donations of all sizes gratefully accepted as we push towards the target of $150K for Canada’s 150!”

The renovation is well underway and a soft launch of the SPACE Lab is scheduled for May with a grand opening planned for September. During the pilot launch, the Town of Banff will program the space for after school programs and BanffLIFE will program for 18 to 30 year olds, with more community programming to come starting in September.

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