The Banff Canmore Community Foundation, supported by the Town of Banff, developed a renovation project to provide barrier-free access to a safe place for young adults aged 18 – 35 living in the Lake Louise-to-Exshaw corridor. The Lab is designed to help young adults find friends, mentors, leaders and other creatives. To further build social inclusion, the space is available to community partners and frontline agencies supporting various target audiences to hold programs of interest to their clients.
SPACE is an acronym for Share Philanthropy: Act with Care and Empathy. The SPACE Lab project started with a vision of transforming an existing, underused, and uninviting basement space in our office building into a barrier free, inclusive, accessible meeting space for young adults. From the beginning, the Lab was envisioned as being wheelchair accessible. In September we will officially open the doors to the Lab, located in the heart of Banff, as a Canada 150 gift to community.
ln the Lab, people will meet new friends, learn new skills, work on projects, build their personal networks, increase their confidence, and feel the satisfaction of knowing, l belong here. It’s a place where people can bump into people they don't normally meet, talk, plan, and get connected. The Lab has a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol, providing a unique alternative for young adults wishing to avoid the bar scene.
Our partners at the Town of Banff, YWCA, the Bow Valley Primary Care Network, the Job Resource Centre, the Greenhouse Society, among other resource providers, will deliver a variety of programs, some fun, some serious.
The Banff Canmore Community Foundation is delighted to be leading our community as a Barrier Buster, as we can act on our big goals related to belonging, inclusion, connection, and accessibility. Being a Barrier Buster allows us to deliver on our mandate with a real and tangible project.