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Member Highlight: Family Connection Centre

Our 38,000 sq ft. building hosts a variety of annual tenants, regular users, and one-off workshops and special events. We have a large commercial kitchen, a small family-style commercial, large and small assembly spaces, a laundry room, raised bed community gardens, and three fully fenced outdoor spaces with play equipment and a barbeque shelter.

Pre-pandemic, we welcomed over 3000 people a month accessing services. Our rural community covers 900 sq miles and has a population of 85,000 people, we are proud to be the first social purpose space in the region, welcoming to all families.

We have created a social lab where thought leaders can collaborate on system change for a collective impact.

What is one interesting fact about your space?

The centre was formerly an extended care facility with 47 bedrooms and 3 large assembly (dinning and recreation) rooms. In five years, we have converted the spaces to be offices, meeting and workshop rooms, and an indoor play gym.

What are your favorite resources that you would recommend to others?

Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto Ontario  https://socialinnovation.org/

The Shift Lab, Edmonton, Alberta  https://www.edmontonshiftlab.ca/

Tamarack Institute, Waterloo, Ontario https://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/

The Roundhouse at MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta  https://www.roundhouse.net/

 

Center Name: Alberta Parenting for the Future Association/Family Connection Centre

Location: Alberta, Canada

Center Website: apfa.ca

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