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Chinese-Speaking Community Animator Group Facilitator/Trainer, Ralph Thornton Community Centre

Position: Chinese speaking Community Animator
Group Facilitator/Trainer (JCP position)
Organization: Ralph Thornton Community Centre (
Location: Toronto, Ontario

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre is a dynamic neighbourhood centre involved in community development, social justice and environmental issues in South Riverdale. The centre is currently seeking a Chinese speaking Community Animator / Group Facilitator-Trainer to support a community engagement project. The project will involve working with a wide variety of people, building tools and community capacity that will stimulate and support a variety of community development activities. The position involves working with two other project workers and college and university students. The Community Animator will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator.

* Important Eligibility Information: This position is a part of Service Canada's Job Creation Partnerships Program (JCP). Applicants must be unemployed and be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or have had an EI claim in the past three years or started a claim for maternity or parental benefits in the past five years and are now seeking to re-enter the workforce after having cared for a newborn or adopted child.

The Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) employment benefit is a program designed to support projects developed by sponsors that create jobs that will provide insured participants with opportunities to gain meaningful work experience. At the end of their participation, clients will have recent work experience to add to their resumes and this, together with the networking which participants are able to do while on a project, increases their chances of successfully finding long-term employment.


  • Outreach to, network with and connect groups, organizations and community members on an ongoing basis
  • assist with the planning and coordination of the meetings of a large network of east end agencies
  • to explore and develop potential partnerships among organizations and community members
  • recruit volunteers for, organize and implement a neighbourhood survey that involves knocking on residents' doors
  • manage, maintain and expand the RTC community contact database
  • attend relevant community events, meetings as a necessary part of networking
  • explore ideas for and coordinate monthly Town Hall and other community engagement events
  • facilitate small conversation circles and group meetings of Chinese community members
  • support these groups in their learning, exploration of community issues and possible actions
  • support and develop the capacity, skills and networks of marginalized groups
  • design and facilitate educational workshops to develop the capacity of these groups
  • reach out to and support new communities, groups and leaders in the Chinese community (e.g. Business Associations)
  • clearly document the accomplishments with these groups


  • minimum 2 years experience in the areas of community development work, outreach, group facilitation and with marginalized communities
  • education and/or training in a related field (e.g. social work, community development, popular education)
  • understanding of and commitment to community development process and philosophy
  • experience working in the non-profit sector
  • computer literacy skills
  • excellent communication and networking skills
  • independent worker but able to collaboratively achieve goals with a team
  • experience working in a diverse community an asset
  • knowledge of the Riverdale community
  • must speak Mandarin and/or Cantonese and possess strong ability to interpret when needed

Rate of Pay: $423.00 / week
Hours: 35 hours / week; Monday to Friday 9:00 to 5:00 with
occasional evening work
Start date: as soon as possible
Closing Date for Application: October 19, 2007

Please send resume and cover letter by fax, email or mail to

Joanne Fisher, Project Coordinator
Ralph Thornton Community Centre
765 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H3
Fax: 416-392-0025

[Source: GoodWork,]