Job Posting 62570

Peer Support Specialist
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area, Newmarket
closes in 3 days (Fri, 5 Jun)
full time - term / contract

Internal/External Posting
Posting Date: May 22, 2020
Closing Date: June 5, 2020

Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.

We are looking for a Peer Support Specialist

As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Peer Support Specialist to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team! If you are a collaborative, innovative individual who is interested in aiding youth ages 12-25 with any and all of their mental health, sexual health, and/or physical concerns in York Region and South Simcoe, than this role is for you! If you are interested in bringing your experience to an innovative, award winning organization that is continuing to grow and expand and you would love to work on this stellar multidisciplinary team to help youth in their moments of need, please continue to read further.

Closing Date: June 5, 2020

Contract: 1 year, Full-time, 35 Hours per Week, Evening Hours and Weekends may be required

Comprehensive Health Benefits: Extended health and dental coverage provided after waiting period.

Competition #: 2020-033

Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA. Once public health directives are lifted, the Peer Support Specialist will be working primarily in our Newmarket Office and the MOBYSS Bus (1101 Nicholson Road, Unit 5, Newmarket, ON L3Y 9C3) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.

Job Profile:

The model is youth driving; the support will be holistic and compassionate, grounded in evidence, anti-oppression and cultural-competency, following trauma-informed and harm-reduction care. Services will include assessment, suicide intervention, counselling, referral, sexual health and addictions/drug use education and support, basic primary care and health screening. Telemedicine services will offer a range of treatments and specialized services.

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.

The Peer Support Specialist collaborates with consumers 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.


• A degree or diploma in the health or social services, or a related discipline
• Current registration with a regulatory body
• Four years or more experience of the mental health system
• Personal experience in recovery from a mental health and/or addiction problem
• 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
• 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) 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 apply Recovery principles and empowerment oriented philosophies and practices in work with clients
• Valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance
• A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.

These positions report to and are supervised by the Manager, People and Teams in the MOBYSS Program.

Working Conditions: Recreational Vehicle, Office work, Occasional weekend/evening hours may be required

Disclaimer: 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 and South Simcoe?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that 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 have been a National Nonprofit Employer of Choice for four consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

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CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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