Our year in review 2021

Calgary Community Anti-Racism Action Strategy (City of Calgary)

Habitus has partnered with Action Dignity and the Anti-Racism Action Committee at the City of Calgary to engage the local community in creating action ideas for the City’s Anti-Racism Action Strategy. This ongoing work will be shared publicly in 2022.

Storybox Project (SHARP Foundation)

A bench designed by artist Karen Ho Fatt Lee was installed in Marda Loop to share the words and photos of a 2019 story-telling project with the South Calgary Community, in partnership with the SHARP Foundation.

CoRIG-QI (South Calgary & Mosaic PCN)

Habitus supported a user experience study of those impacted by the Cargill Meatpacking outbreak – in partnership with South Calgary Primary Care Networks (PCN) and Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic – to explore existing primary care pathways adapted through community partnerships with AIMGA and CCIS. A second phase of this research, in partnership with University of Calgary, will explore vaccination efforts for newcomers refugees.

CMHA - Calgary (Provincial Recovery College)

Habitus wrapped up a three year evaluation of the CMHA Recovery College model as it scaled up across the province of Alberta. Also, in partnership with Dr. Rita Henderson (University of Calgary), we conducted a journey mapping study, exploring the lived experience of mental health in Alberta.


Habitus worked with AAWEAR on their annual evaluation, providing oversight and strategic support. This year has brought lots of growth to AAWEAR, including the revamping of their peer navigation program.

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Habitus and AAWEAR, in collaboration with Dr. Rita Henderson (University of Calgary), began the CARMHA Project (Cannabis as Relief in Mental Health and Addictions). Through peer researcher, we reached out to over 150 in-risk people to better understand cannabis use and mental health.

The Doorway

Habitus conducted an environmental scan of organizations serving street youth within Calgary and Canada to understand the context of the population and inform the strategic direction of The Doorway’s programming.


Habitus is helping to support the strategic direction of the Basic Needs Fund (BNF) Collaborative to enhance a coordinated support model. We are also supporting the Mobility Coaching program, a personal coaching initiative to create lasting change for Calgarians living on low incomes.

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Habitus supported a variety of program evaluations including: Land of Dreams, the Prairie Region Temporary Foreign Workers Support project, Enhanced Settlement and Community Support (ESCS) Services, Aisokinakio’p Urban Indigenous Community Clinic, the SILP project in Claresholm, and the nationally-recognized Cultural Brokers, Family Violence Brokers and Apartment 1310 programs.

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Habitus has also worked with CCIS on their Afghan Processing Hotel Operations Manual, customization and co-delivery of the Cultural Thinking Framework, a number of partnership/research applications (SSHRC & IRCC), and the practitioner Data Initiative.

Cultural Responsiveness Audit (Luna CYAC & Central Alberta CAC

In partnership with CCIS, Habitus finished the Luna Audit. Work included a year of implementation support, a forthcoming book chapter, and continual support of the Central Alberta CAC to enhance cultural responsiveness.

AfterSchool Programs Evaluation and Impact Practice Framework (CBFY)

Habitus finalized an 18-month process to strengthen internal evaluation capacity for the Afterschool Program stream.

YJourney (YMCA of Calgary & Area)

Habitus wrapped up year two of a four-year longitudinal study, aiming to understand factors that shape physical activity decisions for adolescents following participation in the Calgary Flames Foundation Grade 6 YMCA Membership Program


Habitus conducted the Windmill Microlending Foreign Credential Recognition Study for Immigrant and Refugee Women, exploring the impact of microlending on women newcomers to Canada.


Click below to read about their 2021 projects