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Opportunity Works is a registered non-profit agency that provides self-employment and mental health support to any individual in the Calgary community who identifies as a mental health consumer.


Message from the Chairman of the Board

Running your own business when you have mental health challenges can be a daunting adventure. With the right support, the adventure can be both enjoyable and rewarding.

Opportunity Works provides the support and guidance that entrepreneurs with mental health challenges need to succeed and we do it all at no cost to our program participants. We have had a tough year, but we are recovering and coming up with new ways to support people in Calgary with mental health challenges start up and run their own business. Take a look at our Programs page to see what we are offering. We have a number of programs, from peer learning events to computer training, which can help our participants be successful.

If you want to see what Opportunity Works can do for you, drop in to one of our Healthy Minds Café events or a Peer Learning event and talk to a volunteer. You can also talk to one of our directors, or contact us for more information. A list of upcoming events will be available on our website very soon.

Patrick Arial
Chair – Board of Directors

New Peer Support Group

Our Peer Support Group meetings are 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.

Upcoming Meeting Dates 2014

  • June 2

  • June 19

The meetings are in room 321 at CommunityWise Resource Centre from 7:00 to 9:00pm. CommunityWise is at 223-12 Ave SW.

The Board of Directors at Opportunity Works invites you to our ...
         Annual General Meeting


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


6:00 - 9:00 pm


La Cantina at The Calgary Italian Club
416 - 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB

Celebrate Opportunity Works’ successes in 2014 and learn about our exciting plans for the future over dinner.

Space is limited at this year’s Annual General Meeting so registration is required to attend. Please confirm your attendance at

If you have any food allergies or require a vegetarian meal, please let us know by emailing us at

Show your support for Opportunity Works by purchasing a membership at the Annual General Meeting for a mere $5. Membership is required to join the Board of Directors or to vote to elect the Board of Directors. The cost of a membership is easily recovered through a single visit to the computer lab, attending one of our many free events, or participating in a free workshop.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please contact Patrick Arial by email at

We hope to see you there!

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