Peer Support Worker Wanted: Gastown Vocational Services



CLOSING: December 20, 2019


One Contract to a maximum of 40 hours per month, to start immediately

Job Description: Under the supervision of the GVS occupational therapist, and working closely with the OT’s and job developers, you will assist individuals living with mental illness to achieve their vocational/employment/educational goals. The successful candidate will be a well-organized individual who exhibits initiative, flexibility, sound judgment and good interpersonal skills.  Duties include: assisting clients in achieving vocational/employment/educational goal(s) (e.g. bus training, support client on volunteer/work placement, meeting clients at skytrain station to accompany to apt in community/ office,  helping clients with research, occasionally supporting our work readiness group, communicating all relevant information verbally and in writing to pertinent staff; and attending monthly GVS meetings.

Qualifications:  The successful individual will:

  1. have completed a Peer Support Training Program
  2. have personal experience receiving services within the mental health system (required)
  3. be able to be a role model to people recovering from a serious mental illness by sharing common life experiences and practical information
  4. have effective strategies for dealing with stress
  5. be able to work cooperatively with mental health staff, consumers and family members
  6. be able to work with a culturally diverse population
  7. be willing to respect other people’s right to decline assistance
  8. be able to adequately access public transportation,
  9. be able to present in a professional manner, and
  10. be empathetic, patient and supportive.
  11. must have taken Peer Support Training or worked as a Peer support Worker within the last 5 years.

Duration of these Placements:  12 Month Contract with potential to renew.

You are not required to work at the team or unit where you receive service.

Pay and Hours:  $14.50 an hour, 40 hours per month maximum (including meetings). Hours of work each month will vary depending on client needs of team.

Start Date: ASAP

Closing Date and Location:  Please submit a resume and a cover letter to:

Renea Mohammed, Peer Support Program, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services, VCH,

#200-520 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H5

(Telephone 604-708-5276; Faxes accepted to 604-874-7661)

If you email your application, please send to: with the following as the subject line: “GVS PSW Posting Dec 2019”.

No later than: Dec.20th, 2019

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