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HIV/AIDS Peer Outreach Worker, Unison Health and Community Services

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline August 25, 2014

Casual-8 hours weekly for 22 weeks

Unison Health and Community Services is a non-profit, community-based organization that serves neighbourhoods in North West Toronto. Operating out of five locations, Unison offers core services that include primary health care, case management and counseling, health promotion, Early Years programs, legal services, harm reduction programs, housing assistance, adult protective services, Pathways to Education and Diabetes Education Centre. Unison’s mission is working together to deliver accessible and high quality health and community services that are integrated, respond to needs, build on strengths and inspire change.

Unison is committed to working from an inclusive, pro-choice, sex positive, harm reduction, anti-racist, anti-oppression and participatory framework.

Unison is hiring one peer outreach workers for a new project focused on HIV/AIDS prevention in the African, Caribbean, Black and Latin American communities of Weston-Mt. Dennis and former City of York! The program will be based out of the Keele-Rogers location at 1651 Keele St.

Responsibilities:

  • Weekly outreach on foot in surrounding neighborhoods
  • Promote through community events, night parties, street festivals and hot spots in the community

Also supporting in:

  • Facilitating workshops on HIV prevention/testing/treatment
  • Running support groups for those living with, affected or at-risk of contracting HIV/AIDS   
  • Creating partnerships with other community agencies
  • Attending network and agency meetings

Qualifications:

  • Represent the communities we serve (identifying as African, Caribbean, Black or Latin American)
  • Be comfortable in Weston-Mt. Dennis and surrounding communities (safety concerns can be worked out)
  • Have strong connections with peer groups
  • Strong social, engagement and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with HIV/AIDS

This is a peer-based position with a time commitment of 8 hours weekly. Peer outreach workers will receive a weekly honorarium based on $14.43 per hour.

This position requires flexibility as shifts will include a combination of days, evenings and weekends.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a résumé with covering letter by 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 25, 2014 to:

Alyssa Beemer – HIV/AIDS Prevention Project Coordinator at Unison Keele-Rogers site (1651 Keele St., 2nd floor)

or  email to alyssa.beemer@unisonhcs.org

If you don’t have a resume please write a one-page letter outlining your community involvement, experience and knowledge related to our communities and HIV/AIDS.

We welcome applications from people who are reflective of the diverse communities we serve, including those who might need accommodation.

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