Peer Supporter Chapter Leader

(Children's Mental Health Ontario)

Position ID: V-HVC0224
Last Full Update: 06 Jul 2022

Opportunity Details: Peer Supporter Chapter Leader

Comments The Chapter Leader must have lived experience raising a child with mental health challenges.
Contact Andrea Tagalakis, Family Partnership Program Manager, Children's Mental Health Ontario; Phone: (Business) (416) 921-2109 ext 125; Email:
Duties Scope of Responsibilities 
Chapter Leaders are responsible for establishing and providing peer support; sometimes this is done through monthly peer support groups or being available for one-to-one support. Chapter Leaders must have lived experience raising a child/youth with mental health challenges and have a solid understanding of local resources in the Child and Youth Mental Health Sector.  
Peer support is a form of self-care, being heard and seen by others who understand what it is like to be on your journey helps make the journey a bit easier.  
Direct Support 
● Flexible availability and use of methods in providing support for families  
● Knowledge of mental health supports and services within the community 
● Communicate issues or challenges with Family Partnership Program Manager as they arise 
● Communicate periodically with families through the peer support offered and/or through a distribution list (eg. email, newsletter, or mail) as necessary 
Chapter Development & Leadership 
● Attend mandatory training (no more than 10 hours per year) 
● Promote PCMH within the community to ensure it is a widely known resource to our target audience 
● Communicate with PCMH through email, phone, virtual and in-person meetings 
● Ensure chapter email and telephone line are checked at a minimum every 4 days  
● Attend monthly Town Halls and support resource creation by sharing your experiences and knowledge 
● Participate in training opportunities 
● Complete quarterly data surveys and respond to requests for information to better inform PCMH programming and support initiatives 
Core Competencies 
● Strong Facilitation Skills 
● Team-focused 
● Communication Skills 
● Planning & Organizing  
● Leadership 
● Ethics & Integrity 
● Compassion & Empathy 
● Knowledge of child and youth service systems and sectors, both locally and provincially or a willingness to learn more about this to be effective in your role
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Benefits Support 
Chapter Leaders are the backbone of the peer support program, and it is important that they get all the support they need. Such as space to connect with other Chapter Leaders to discuss and raise questions about their chapter and to engage in peer support with each other. Chapter Leaders are also connected with a designated employee at the local Child and Youth Mental Health agency to share resources and strategies for unique challenges. 
Chapter Leaders are trained in Peer Support, Group Facilitation Skills and Systems Navigation. Chapter Leaders participate in an additional minimum of 10 hours of training per year and are welcome to participate in all available training free of charge. 
Chapter Leaders help inform the resources on the Family Care Centre by identifying the gaps and needs in the community. Chapter Leaders support systems change and advocacy work by sharing their stories on CMHO’s social media platforms and media interviews.
Clients Parents and caregivers raising a child with mental illness and mental health challenges
Ages 18 year(s) - 100 year(s)
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Suitable For Adults (18+) ; Persons with a mental disability ; Persons with a physical disability ; Persons with a visual impairment ; Newcomers / English as a second language ; Couples ; Families
Areas of Interest Child & Family Services ; Information & Referral Services ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Program Coordination / Support ; Support Group Facilitation
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; General Computer Skills ; Leadership ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; The Chapter Leader must have lived experience raising a child with mental health challenges.
Commitment Length Long Term
Interaction Level One-on-one ; Small Group ; Virtual Volunteering ; The Chapter Leader must have lived experience raising a child with mental health challenges.
Minimum Hours 5 / Month
Seasons Year Round
Accessibility Not Applicable
Number of Positions Acton ; Burlington ; Georgetown ; Milton ; Oakville 
7 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Orientation ; Training is provided ; Training on-going ; Volunteer Chapter Leaders will receive training in peer support, systems navigation training, group facilitation. Additional training opportunties will be made available throughout the year
Police Check Required
Additional Requirements CMHO will cover the cost of the Police Check

Agency Details: Children's Mental Health Ontario