Peer Support Worker

Peer Support Worker

Peer Support Worker


September 23, 2021


* This is a temporary position, 21 hours a week, ending March 2023. *

Job Summary:

The Peer Support Coordinator role supports the commitment to collaborating with community members and families to build on strengths, talents and interests in order to foster hope, growth and self-determination. The Peer Support Coordinator acts as a leader and member of a community-based integrated team, utilizing knowledge gained from lived experience of Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) in supporting Nation’s peer support services. This role is responsible for supporting excellence in peer support competencies through providing individual and group peer support in Tsleil Waututh Nation resulting in the delivery of hope based, positive, compassionate service and strengths-based problem solving.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Works as a member of the Vancouver Coastal region Virtual Mental Wellness & Substance Use (MWSU) to provide support to Tsleil Waututh Nation to establish, facilitate and provide individual peer support counselling and harm reduction information

  • Supports Tsleil Waututh Nation to establish group and one-to-one peer support meetings, to plan and deliver information sessions, to develop relationships based on respect and to assist clients and their support network with locating appropriate health, social and legal services and resources
  • Supports community members to develop capacity to provide advocacy to clients, organize venues and materials for support sessions, select and screen a group of volunteer active and non-active drug users as applicable to their designated programs.
  • Acts as a peer-representative and shares own consumer knowledge to ensure the program is developed from a lived experience perspective.
  • Responsible for the recruitment and orientation of the Peer Support Workers / volunteer Facilitators at Tsleil Waututh Nation
  • Facilitates peer-based mentoring and guidance to support Peer Support Workers in their exploration of skill-building, growth, empowerment, and community development
  • Engages in on-going evaluation and quality improvement initiatives related to peer support service delivery to ensure quality, effective client-centered practices
  • Participates in professional development and revision of standards to improve service delivery through the revision of current, or development of new practices and program initiatives
  • Provides education and supports change management within the communities to build knowledge and capacity regarding peer support services, including but not limited to staff in-services, community education sessions, and committee/network involvement.
  • Acts as the liaison between the program and the staff to encourage organizational involvement.
  • Consults, collaborates, and builds partnerships with First Nations MWSU team members for the coordination and integration of Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) peer support services
  • Identifies trends, needs, and priorities of MHSU-related issues of peer-workers.
  • Builds relationships and develops programs specific to community peer engagement
  • Participates in local and sub-regional team meetings providing input, presenting relevant material, acting as an advocate for the goals and objectives of the program, and promoting optimal support for clients
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Some background and applied experience working within a First Nations health and human services organization.
  • Lived experience with mental illness/substance use and recovery, plus completion of / eligible for completion of a recognized peer support training program.
  • Minimum of 2 years related experience preferably in peer support working with individuals with mental health or addiction issues is desirable
  • Criminal Record Check and BC Driver’s License will be required
  • Willing to do outreach work to Tsleil Waututh Nation community members within Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse First Nations populations with Mental Health and Substance Use related issues and to recognize and respond appropriately to the needs of the peers and clients
  • Knowledge of peer-run programs.
  • Knowledge of Mental Health and Substance Use, recovery principles and treatment including methadone.
  • Ability to adjust to new or unexpected events, analyze complex situations, problem-solve, think critically and deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mental health resources and community services that can be recommended to community partners.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, facilitate and monitor program progress across the sub-region.
  • Ability to provide direction and demonstrated ability of facilitation skills.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position (travel involved across the sub-region)
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a virtual interdisciplinary team.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, Internet and e-mail software.
  • Values and recognizes diversity among First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities including differently abled and LGBTQ2S populations

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