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Peer Support and Logistics Project Co-Coordinator, Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch, “Opening Doors: Strengthening Participation for Immigrants and Refugees with Mental Health Issues”

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline November 24, 2009

12 month Contract

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch, in partnership with Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and Across Boundaries: An Ethno-Racial Mental Health Centre, will develop an anti-racism/ anti-discrimination peer training curriculum and train peers to deliver workshops at places frequented by newcomers and mental health consumer/ survivors to promote the strengthened participation of new immigrants and refugees with mental health issues, and to foster more inclusive and welcoming environments for new immigrants and refugees who face mental health challenges.

As the Peer Support and Logistics Project Co-Coordinator, you will work closely with the Curriculum and Training Project Co-Coordinator to provide support to peer workers, and coordinate the outreach and scheduling aspects of the project. You will report to the Manager, Access & Equity and receive additional support from the Project Steering Committee.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop job description for peer facilitators
  • Develop and implement recruitment strategy for peer facilitators
  • Assist with hiring of 10 newcomer peers who have lived experience with mental health issues
  • Develop and implement outreach and promotion strategy to community organizations about the project
  • Schedule all external workshops, and make other logistical arrangements as necessary
  • Provide ongoing support and supervision to peer workers
  • Work closely with Project Co-Coordinator to ensure daily functioning of project is in keeping with stated goals, objectives and timelines
  • Collaborate with Project Co-Coordinator to write progress and final reports
  • Carry out administrative tasks related to the position as required
  • Main location of work will be close to Downsview Subway Station, with travel throughout the GTA and infrequent short trips outside Toronto (a car is not required)


  • Experience conducting hiring processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mental health needs of newcomers who are experiencing mental health problems
  • Post-secondary education in a related field or demonstrated experience and practical knowledge
  • Knowledge of immigrant service and community mental health sectors
  • Experience conducting outreach in immigrant communities
  • Ability to apply anti-racism/ anti-oppression theory and practice
  • Understanding of the interconnection and intersection of different oppressions
  • Ability to develop a work plan and ensure goals and timelines are met
  • Experience writing project reports
  • Experience supervising staff and leading teams
  • Ability to motivate people
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office, email and the internet
  • Lived experience with the mental health system and/or with immigrating to Canada

Annual Salary: $61,390 for 12 months plus benefits package

Please submit a cover letter and resume by Tuesday, November 24th , 2009 to The Opening Doors Peer Support and Logistics Co-Coordinator Hiring Panel, Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch, 700 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 480, Toronto, ON, M6A 3B4, Fax: (416) 789-9079, Email: We thank all applicants however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.

The Canadian Mental Health Association is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from equity seeking groups’ including qualified individuals with personal experience of the mental health system.

Funded by the Government of Canada through Citizenship and Immigration Canada