Alice Lam is a local entrepreneur who is paying attention. She is innovative and has embraced opportunities to meet basic needs and fill the gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a desire to help others experiencing hard times and isolation due to the pandemic, Alice has founded numerous initiatives, one of which was making over 1,500 face masks which were then delivered to 65 agencies across Calgary. Calgary Community Fridge, where in just three days, $15,000 was raised to provide food 24 hours a day for those in need. 1,000 bouquets were built by volunteers and delivered to seniors and health care workers experiencing isolation. In 2021, Calgary’s first Pay-What-You-Can Market was created. Using a donated, vacant downtown space, over 200 clients a day came and got what they needed, anything from food to clothes to plants. A youth employment skills training program, job training for immigrant women, makeovers for immigrant women leaving domestic violence, the list goes on.
All of the projects led by Alice are non-profit and community driven, and are both viable and sustainable. It’s about connections, not silos.