Peer Support Chapter Leader

(Parents for Children's Mental Health, Nipissing- Parry Sound)

Position ID: V-CWD0066
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2024
Last Full Update: 25 Mar 2024

Opportunity Details: Peer Support Chapter Leader

Contact Vicki Cochrane, Family Partnership Program Manager, Children's Mental Health Ontario; Phone: 416-921-2109 ext 128; Email:

Peer Support Duties:

  • Provide direct peer support to families 
  • 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 

Administrative Duties:

  • 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 monthly data surveys, and respond to requests for information to inform PCMH programming and support initiatives better
Benefits Support
  • Chapter Leaders are the backbone of the peer support program, and it is important that they get all the support they need.
  • Supports 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 Families and caregivers raising children and youth with mental illness and mental health challenges
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Areas of Interest Mental Health / Addictions ; Office Administration ; Youth Services
Skills/Experience Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Leadership ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Planning & Organizing ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Team Work
Commitment Length Long Term (More than 1 year) - Chapter Leaders are asked to commit to the role for a minimum of 2 years ; One evening meeting per month (except July, August, and December)
Interaction Level One-on-one ; Small Group ; Virtual Volunteering
Minimum Hours 5 / Month
Accessibility Fully Accessible
Location To be determined
Number of Positions Bruce County: 1 individual(s) ; Grey County: 1 individual(s) ; Muskoka District: 1 individual(s) ; Nipissing District: 1 individual(s) ; Northumberland County: 1 individual(s) ; Parry Sound District: 1 individual(s) ; Peterborough (County of): 1 individual(s) ; Simcoe County: 1 individual(s) 
8 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Orientation - One hour orientation session ; Training is provided - MailChimp, Canva, Google Suite of tools ; Training is required - Peer Support Training, Group Facilitation Training, Boundary Setting
Police Check Required
Additional Requirements PCMH will cover the cost and conduct the Police Check. We also require a Vulnerable Sector Screen to be completed at your local police service.

Agency Details: Parents for Children's Mental Health, Nipissing- Parry Sound