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Peer Grief Support Group

Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region

   About the Position

Impact Statement
Your grief experience can bring hope and healing. All of our programs are facilitated by volunteer facilitators who are themselves bereaved. Hearing experiences, stories and coping strategies from a peer has a profound effect on people who are grieving and helps normalize the grief experience. You get it. You've been there.

We have an urgent need for folks who have experienced a drug or alcohol related death who are interested in becoming a peer support facilitator for our Living with Loss by substance use group.

All of our grief support groups are facilitated by volunteers who are themselves bereaved, and offer a unique compassion and empathetic understanding of grief and grief support to our program members. As a peer support facilitator, you will believe in the benefits of peer support and use your own grief experience to facilitate bereaved individuals in a group setting.

Position Qualifications

Ideal for: An Individual
Age: 18+

Area(s) of Interest: Caring Support, Conflict / Facilitation, Leadership/Management

Skill(s): Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity, Interpersonal Communication, Manage Meetings & Groups, Financial Planning, Decision-Making/Prioritizing, Empathy

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: Individuals must complete our 20-hour facilitator training in order to facilitate our support groups.

Our upcoming facilitator training will take place at The Family Centre in Kitchener (65 Hanson Ave.) on:

- Friday October 14, 5:30pm-8:30pm
- Saturday October 15, 9am-4pm
- Sunday October 16, 9am-4pm
- Wednesday October 19, 5:30pm-8:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at all four sessions is required.

An online application form must be completed as well as an interview prior to participating in the training.
Working Conditions: Virtual and/or in-person at various locations as assigned.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible entrance, Wheelchair accessible washroom, Designated accessible parking space
Transportation: On a bus route

Time Commitment

Duration: 1 year or more
Weekday - Evening
Our Living with Loss by Substance Use group currently runs once a month on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm. As a facilitator, your time commitment would be approximately 6:30-9:15pm. You are not required to facilitate every month.

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Carly Kowalik
65 Hanson Avenue Kitchener, N2C 2H6

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