Empowering vulnerable populations

Who we are?

The Health & Social Research Centre (HSRC), Inc. was founded in 2015 and incorporated under the Business Corporations Act of Alberta, Canada. The centre is committed to developing and integrating scientific and compelling anecdotal evidence that includes identification and promotion of effective health and social programming and service delivery. ‘Evidence for Action’ is the slogan of the centre. HSRC also conducts different types of qualitative and quantitative research, including mixed methods, gender audit, project/ program evaluation, appraisal reviews and others.


To address the health and social issues of vulnerable populations including seniors and immigrants by promoting research and program intervention locally, nationally and globally.


To work for and with the vulnerable populations to assist in empowering them to achieve an improved quality of life.

Our Core Values


Our Focus

HSRC is intended to do research and program intervention on health and social matters particularly focusing on vulnerable population including immigrants, women and senior population. The aims of the organization are to involve in program design, implementation and evaluation of Health and social concerns with vulnerable populations both nationally and internationally. HSRC has the strength to conduct health and social research, both quantitative and qualitative as well as for program design and intervention including evaluation.

Our Team

HSRC team includes Founding Director, Director Programs, one Coordinator and one volunteer. The team members have proficiency and experience working with vulnerable populations. There is an Advisory Board with a 5 membered team.

Advisory Board

Heather MacIntosh

MPA, BA (she/her)
Director, Global Health Projects
Indigenous, Local & Global Health Office
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

Themba Watungwa

Policy and Research Analyst, City of Calgary

Dr. Sakina Raj

GP, Sehet Medical Centre
155, Nolan Ridge Ct. NW

Hong Wang

Broker of Record
94 Tuscany Glen Way NW
Calgary, Alberta T3C2Z6

Naman Awan

Business Intelligence Analyst,
Community Natural Foods, Calgary, AB
MBA in Information Systems Management and
Bachelor’s in Computer Sciences.

Ongoing program

HSRC is implementing a project ‘Empowering Seniors for Quality Life’ (ESQ) in NW region of Calgary. The project is funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program, Federal Govt. of Canada. The collaborating partners are Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) and Sehet Medical Centre. Currently HSRC is implementing a project ‘Seniors Friendship Hub’ funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program, Federal Govt. of Canada in NW and SW region of Calgary. The duration of the project is from March 31, 2023 to March 30, 2024.

Upcoming projects

Two more projects are ready to implement if funding is available. One is photography project ‘CLICK’ project to support special needs youth and the other one is on ‘A Day Care for Seniors’ project looking for funds.

Contact Us

Zaman Ara

Founding Director, HSRC
Email: ara.zaman12@gmail.com

Tayyiba Khan

Director Programs, HSRC
Email: taibanaman@hotmail.com