Job Posting 60860

Peer Support Specialist
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area, Vaughan
closed 10 days ago (Mon, 17 Feb)
contract - full time

Peer Support Specialist - ACTT 

Closing Date: February 17, 2020

One Year, Contract, Full-time, 35 hours per week, Evenings and Weekends may be required

Competition #: 2020-012

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, help build resilience, and support 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:          35 hours per week. Evening and weekend hours may be required.

Location:                    Vaughan, York Region


Job Profile:

The Peer Support Specialist collaborates with clients to provide individualized and flexible support to help engage and integrate them into the community, and help to facilitate access to resources and supports to maximize independence and potential, and promote recovery.  Peer Support Specialists have 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. In collaboration with the team, the Peer Support Specialist uses empowerment and recovery-oriented approaches with individuals and groups to help combat stigma, raise self-esteem and mastery, improve self-concept, and instill hope.  Other duties as assigned.

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 relationships.


  • A degree or diploma in the health or social services, or a related discipline
  • Four years or more experience of the mental health system
  • Personal experience in recovery from a mental health and/or addiction problem
  • Peer support related training
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices
  • Ability to observe boundaries, engage in appropriate emotional regulation, refrain from dual relationships with clients, maintain confidentiality, and engage in reasonable self-care strategies designed to reduce stress by balancing work/life responsibilities
  • Ability to prioritize needs and organize work efficiently
  • Aptitude in developing innovative approaches to service delivery
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A second language (Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu, French) reflecting the local community is preferred.
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision making skills
  • Proficiency with various forms of presentation media
  • Competence in relevant computer applications particularly Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • Ability to drive a 38’ Recreational Vehicle, training will be provided
  • Other related duties as assigned
  • Drivers Abstract required and a Valid G Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)
  • Other related duties as assigned

This position reports to the Program Manager, Assertive Community Treatment Team, South West.

The Peer Support Specialist may be assigned to different programs as required based on need.

Working Conditions: Office work, community settings, meetings in clients’ home and travel with clients Occasional weekend/evening hours may be required


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.

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