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Peer Learning

If you are facing a challenge in your business or in your life, who could be better to turn to than someone who has gone through the same thing? Participants provide peer support and advice through the Nuts and Bolts peer learning program.

Peer Business Development Coaching

Peer Business Development Coaching is available at Momentum. Please call Erin at 403-204-2693 to arrange for an appointment.

Peer Support Group

For people with mental health challenges who are entrepreneurs or interested in starting their own business. Meetings are held on the 1st Monday and 3rd Thursday of each month. The first meeting is Monday, December 2, 2013, and the second one is Thursday, December 19, 2013. The meetings are in room 321 at CommunityWise Resource Centre from 7-9pm. CommunityWise is at 223-12 Ave SW.

Computer Training

Computer training is available at Jesus Loves You Society (JLYS) at 15th Ave and 2nd Street SW on

  • Wednesdays from 3 - 6 pm with Loretta.
    Email her to book an appointment:

  • Thursdays from 3:30 - 6:30 with Tyler.
    Email him to book an appointment:

Computer training is also available in Room 306 at CommunityWise (the Old Y Centre) at 223 12 Ave SW

  • Saturdays from 1:00 - 4:00 with Suzette.
    Email her to book an appointment:

Healthy Minds Café

A series of informal presentations on topics such as managing stress, handling seasonal affective disorder and other helpful information for people managing their mental health. The event takes place at the Second Cup at 2803 17th Avenue SW (near the Killarney recreation centre) on various dates beginning at 5:30. People may come and go as they find it convenient and the Second Cup will, as usual, be selling great coffees and snacks. Admission is free, though we encourage you to patronize our host, Second Cup. See our Events page for dates and times.

Micro Loan Fund

One of Opportunity Works' innovative programs is the Millennium Phoenix Micro Loan Fund. To our knowledge it is to date the only program designed to provide short-term financing for entrepreneurs facing mental health challenges.

We are seeking to expand and improve this program in the future.

Sharon Walz Memorial Business Development Scholarship

An annual scholarship is available to the winning applicant who must be a Calgary mental health consumer who is actively engaged in business development. Deadline for applications is September 30, 2016. Click here for details ...