Our year in review 2022
2022 was an amazing year at Habitus. We would like to thank our clients for their ongoing, important work in the community and for allowing us to support your efforts. Check out our post for more details on what we’ve been up to. While this is not an exhaustive list of our projects from this past year, we wanted to highlight a few learning and impacts for varying projects.
City of Calgary Anti-Racism Strategy
Building a large scale anti-racism municipal strategy requires:
♦ Weaving together Indigenous and Elders’ perspectives
♦ An anti-racism perspective towards systems change.
♦ A Community Brokers model
City of Calgary
Building a public safety anti-racism strategy requires:
♦ An in-depth understanding of public safety, hate, and discrimination.
♦ Utilization of anti-hate and anti-discrimination perspectives.
City of Calgary Calgary Police Service (CPS) Anti-Racism Strategy
Trust and relationship building is a large piece to this work:
♦ Previous relationship building with community members helped people be more willing to support our work on the anti-racism strategy for CPS.
♦ Utilizing a co-hosting partnership model within data collection ensured that information was collected in a way that was relationships-driven. It helped participants feel safe to share their experiences and has embedded trust in the process.
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Cannabis as Relief in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) Research Project
Conducting a peer-led research project takes time and effort:
♦ It requires intentionally thinking through the ethics of a research project, including where and how to integrate peers into a project.
♦ Integrating principles of equity, codevelopment and intersectionality is essential to the work.
Rise Calgary Mobility Coaching
Different approaches and angles can be used to address challenges to poverty in our community. Sometimes people need assistance with basic needs, but other times people need a supportive environment to identify their goals. Many people don’t have this support, which can impede decision making processes and the ability to build bridges out of poverty.
YMCA - Y Journey Cohort
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically increased youth’s motivation for utilizing physical activity as a method of improving their health and wellness. It has made 12-13 year olds really interested in the topic of mental health.
ActiveCITY Evaluation Strategic Planning
Habitus is well positioned to assist organizations who are looking to create a strategic plan, including those doing high-level work. Through our evaluative and intersectional approach we offer a unique perspective, which is especially useful when addressing barriers, such as those experienced by newcomer youth and low income individuals, within our community.
AAWEAR - Annual Evaluation
Working collaboratively with populations experiencing houselessness and substance use requires:
♦ Valuing lived and/or living experience.
♦ Intentionally integrating and connecting to communities.
♦ An open minded perspective.