Closing Date: October 21, 2016
Contract,1 Year, Full-time, 35 hours/week, Evening Hours and Weekends may be required
Competition #: 201647
Our Mission: As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to
the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, helps
build resilience, and supports recovery from mental illness.
Our Organizational Values:
• Client and Family Centered – through partnership, accountability and action
• Culturally Competent – to provide the best service and work experience
• Innovation – to bring value to our community
Team Values: Trust, Respect, Communication and Teamwork.
Hours of work: Contract 1 Year, Full-time, 35 hours per week. Evening and weekend hours may be required.
Location: York Region & South Simcoe
The Peer Support Worker collaborates with clients in group sessions to facilitate and support
recovery for adults facing mental health challenges through empowerment and respect by providing a
range of social, educational, and recreational services. The Peer Support Worker has gone through a
process of recovery and have obtained peer support related training to assist others with mental
health challenges to identify and achieve life goals as part of their own recovery. The Peer
Support Worker uses empowerment and Recovery-oriented approaches in a group setting to help combat
stigma, raise self esteem and mastery, improve self concept, and instill hope. The Peer Support
Worker will be involved in facilitating groups for both Community Connections and Supportive
Housing Programs as well as be involved in facilitating groups in the community with partner
agencies such as hospitals and CMHA offices. From time to time, the Peer Support Worker may be
required to handle conflicts in the Program, and intervene in crisis situations. The peer support
program increases access to best practice peer led groups and assists individuals to the services
and resources needed.
In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also
expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building,
demonstrate effectiveness in working in
a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building
• Four years or more experience of the mental health system
• Personal experience in recovery from a mental health and/or addiction problem
• A second language (Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu)
reflecting the local community is preferred
• Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices in
work with consumers
• Ability to observe boundaries, engage in appropriate emotional regulation, refrain from dual
relationships with consumers, maintain confidentiality, and engage in reasonable self-care
strategies designed to reduce stress by balancing work/life responsibilities
• Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute
Decisions Act, the
Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
• Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region, including formal and informal
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to demonstrate computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office and Outlook
• A valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and
proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
• A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening
This position reports to and is supervised by the Program Manager.
Office work, community settings, meetings at client homes and travel with clients.
In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this
position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.
Why work for CMHA York Region?
We are team committed to our vision of mentally healthy people in a healthy society. That means we
respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and our role is to provide
support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and
encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement and sustain innovative, evidence based and
transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be
the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.
Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and
communication. We hold ourselves accountable and we celebrate our wins. Because we risk, we learn
and we take the opportunity and time to constantly improve our skills, the way we function as a
team and ultimately deliver services. We are a team committed to
mental health for all. Join us and be part of providing great care in great communities!