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Program Coordinator, Physical Activity for People with Mental Illness, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

Application Deadline: 8/22/2008
Job Type:       One-year, part-time contract, with possibility of extension

The Program Coordinator will be responsible for planning and facilitating the dissemination and implementation of a provincial mental health promotion toolkit that will be used to promote physical activity for people with a serious mental illness. This program, called Minding Our Bodies: Physical Activity for Mental Health is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in partnership with YMCA Ontario and York University's Faculty of Health, with support from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion through the Communities in Action Fund.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and carry out the implementation strategy for the developed toolkit in consultation with the Project Manager, Program Developer and the Project Advisory Committee. Tasks include, but are not limited, to the following:
    • Conduct an environmental scan of historical and current community-based physical activity and health promotion programs for individuals in need of accommodations.
    • Work with the Program Developer to create a toolkit to enable community service providers to deliver high-quality and effective physical activity programming for people with a mental illness.
    • Create a strategy for the distribution and utilization of the toolkit.
    • Develop and maintain the content for the Minding Our Bodies website.
    • Coordinate and prepare for the pilot phase of the project, including writing and distributing requests for proposals (RFP), reviewing proposals and participating in pilot site selection.
    • Develop and deliver a one-day training program for pilot site coordinators, peer leaders and other participants.
    • Provides support to pilot site coordinators.
  • Work closely with the Communications Officer to develop promotional materials and project updates.
  • Assist the Evaluation Consultant to fulfill the evaluation strategy.
  • Attend advisory committee meetings.
  • Prepare regular progress reports for the Project Manager.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • University/college graduate and related work experience required.
  • Proven work experience in program planning, including researching and writing.
  • Knowledge and experience with accommodating individuals with special needs is essential. Experience working with individuals with mental health issues is an asset.
  • Ability to work independently as well as report progress and work alongside team members.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Sound working knowledge of MS Office software applications.
  • Strong planning, organizing and goal setting skills.

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario is a volunteer-led, professionally managed charitable organization with a community focus dealing with all aspects of mental health and mental illness. CMHA Ontario encourages applications from all interested applicants with relevant experience, including consumers and family members.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed resume by August 22, 2008, to:

Kendal Bradley
Project Manager
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
180 Dundas Street West Suite 2301
Toronto ON
M5G 1Z8
Fax: 416-977-2264