Our creativity comes from our ability to envision potential, sometimes even before our clients do. In the case of Lethbridge Family Services (LFS), our Stantec Lethbridge team saw an underutilized courtyard space at their facility, and imagined the possibilities for a social, educational, and programming space that would serve the goals of LFS, and even the community beyond.
Our team had previously supported the organization through employee and client event fundraising, seeing the value they provide to the Southwestern Alberta community. LFS serves over 6,800 individuals and families through their work in counseling, outreach, education, disability services, home care, and immigrant services.
We wanted to take that support a step further, and donate our design services to convert their relatively empty courtyard into a rich, vibrant space with the capability to serve a number of purposes for the organization’s staff and clients. Our design team invited LFS representatives to join in an interactive design session to ensure that the space would be everything LFS needed and wanted it to be. Then, what started as a design activity quickly became an exercise in community building. LFS and Stantec were both engaging their community and industry partners to secure donations of materials and services to make this dream a reality.
The response was overwhelming, and with design and materials in place, the Stantec Lethbridge staff and their families joined LFS staff to actually construct the space. The crew literally got their hands dirty, landscaping, building, and painting over two weekends to complete the build.
For our staff, it was so much more than a design exercise. For LFS, it was so much more than a sponsorship. Watch the video to hear about the experience from Stantec’s Kathryn Kitt and LFS’s Melody Garner.