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Public Health Promoter, Kenora Chiefs Advisory and Ve’ahavta: The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Committee

Kenora, Ontario
Deadline March 20, 2015

Reports to: Director of National and International Programs, Kenora Chiefs Advisory

Ve'ahavta is a Jewish charitable social service organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty. Ve’ahavta (Hebrew for “and you shall love”) is committed to engaging community members in a meaningful and hands-on way to support our collective mission of tikun olam (repairing the world). Ve’ahavta delivers poverty alleviation programs that break down barriers, restore human dignity, foster capacity-building, and empower marginalized individuals to break the cycle of poverty.


Briut (meaning ‘health’ in Hebrew) is a community-driven health promotion program that aims to improve the health and well- being of Northern Ontario Aboriginal populations by strengthening local capacity for community-led health promotion programs. These programs are developed within the context of local knowledge and expertise.

Role Description

Ve’ahavta is seeking one dedicated individual to support health promotion initiatives in First Nations communities near Kenora, Ontario for a 6-12 month period. Through this partnership with the Kenora Chiefs Advisory, the candidate will support the development and enhancement of community-led health promotion programs which utilize Indigenous knowledge and expertise, including traditional Anishinabe teachings and traditional approaches to health.


  • Support local providers/communities through assessing and responding to identified community needs and development of strategies for how these needs will be addressed;
  • Support the development of health promotion programs which respect and acknowledge the local culture and socio- political environment, and which utilize a cultural approach to holistic wellness, as well as traditional Anishinabe teachings and practices;
  • Facilitate the co-development of community designed and community implemented programs which will lead to long- term, sustainable outcomes.


  • Masters in Public Health or Social Work;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience with development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion initiatives using participatory methods;
  • Experience in projects involving participatory community development processes and needs assessments;
  • Experience with outreach work with Aboriginal populations in Canada in an urban or rural setting;
  • Ability to work independently, self-motivated;
  • Understanding of the social determinants of health, particularly in Aboriginal/rural settings;
  • Proven ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders and partners, including NGOs and community/regional bodies;
  • Ability to adapt to challenging living conditions (e.g., boil water advisories; restricted access to travel, restricted internet access; limited access to a the variety of foods found in urban settings)


  • Lived experience residing in an Aboriginal community;
  • Experience in writing grants, reflexive writing, blogging experience;
  • Ability to work in high pressure and ambiguous environments with flexibility and adaptability;
  • Ability to build informal relationships and trust with new stakeholders;
  • Creativity, and experience in designing innovative programs;


This is a paid contract, offering a monthly living stipend, as well as subsidized local accommodation and transportation costs. Fellows’ flights to and from Kenora from any Canadian city is included. The program will also provide a comprehensive orientation and training prior to the placement. This program is made possible through the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

All applicants must complete an online application including a CV, two letters of reference and a personal statement. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an in-person interview.

For further inquiry, or to receive application materials, please contact Leah Silverman: Project Coordinator, National & International Programs: (416) 964-7698 Ext. 225,

Ve’ahavta prides itself on being a supportive, vibrant, and positive place of work. We encourage all members of our team to actualize their unique gifts in a way that brings us closer to our collective goal of tikun olam – repairing the world. Ve’ahavta is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Please note only eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Kenora Chiefs Advisory is committed and dedicated to providing culturally appropriate health and social services which address  the needs and enhance the well being and capacity of community members in the affiliated First Nations.

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 20th, 2015