Posted by: Youth Service Network & We Belong Project | March 22, 2012

Peer Trainer Job Posting

Peer Trainer

 “Opening Doors: Strengthening Participation for Immigrants and Refugees with Mental Health Issues”

Contract Position – May 15th 2012 – March 31st 2013

(28 hours per week)


The Opening Doors Project is a public education endeavor that provides a series of workshops about mental health and wellness, stigma associated with mental illness and the convergence with settlement stress, racism, and discrimination. Each workshop is delivered by a team of Peer Trainers who self-identify as having lived experience with mental health issues and/or the mental health system as well as having immigrated to Canada.


As a Peer Trainer, you will work closely with your colleagues, the Project Coordinator, and the Training and Curriculum Coordinator, to participate in training, provide input into training curriculum and program evaluation, and deliver workshops throughout Ontario.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Participate in training on facilitation and presentations skills, anti-racism/ anti-discrimination, navigating the mental health system and resettlement stress.
  • Facilitate anti-racism/ anti-discrimination workshops at places frequented by newcomers and mental health consumers/ survivors, including service providers
  • Carry out administrative tasks related to the position as required
  • Main location of work is close to Downsview Subway Station, with travel throughout Ontario(a car is not required)



  • Personal lived experience with mental health issues AND with immigrating to Canada
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mental health needs of newcomers who are experiencing mental health problems
  • Thorough understanding of anti-racism/ anti-oppression theory and practice
  • Thorough understanding of the interconnection and intersection of different oppressions
  • Ability to incorporate feedback, demonstrable organization and planning skills are a must.
  • Available to work occasional evenings.
  • Experience facilitating workshops using an adult education framework


Pay: $23.52 per hour


Please submit a cover letter and resume by Friday March 30th, 2012 to the Opening Doors Peer Trainer Hiring Panel, Canadian Mental Health Association- Toronto Branch, 700 Lawrence Ave. West, Suite 480, Toronto, ON, M6A 3B4 or Fax (416) 789-9079 or email We thank all applicants however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.


The Canadian Mental Health Association is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from equity seeking groups including qualified individuals with personal experience of the mental health system.


Funded by the Government of Canada through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

About the Opening Doors Project:


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