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Peer support facilitator for our Living with Loss by Substance Use group

(Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region)

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Position ID: V-GUE0005 Last Modified: 18 Dec 2021 Last Full Update: 18 Dec 2021
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementYour grief experience can bring hope and healing.
ContactCarly Kowalik, Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region; Phone: 519-603-0196; Email:
DutiesWe are currently accepting applications for individuals interested in becoming peer facilitators for our Living with Loss group for adults grieving a death by substance use. Working with a co-facilitator who has also experienced a drug or alcohol-related death, peer support volunteers lead our monthly support group and create a safe space for group members to share stories and support one another through this type of loss.  
Our programs are currently offered virtually, with a plan to return to in-person in early 2022. This group will most likely meet in-person at The Family Centre in Kitchener.
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BenefitsOur volunteer facilitators are a part of our community. We have quarterly all-facilitator meetings where everyone gets to know one another. We also offer workshops throughout the year on topics related to the volunteer role or general well-being.
ClientsAdults ages 18 and up - Moms, dads, siblings, spouses, friends, etc. who have experienced the death of someone in their life from drugs or alcohol.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with limited mobility
Areas of InterestCommunity Outreach ; Program Coordination / Support ; Volunteer from Home / Virtual
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; General Computer Skills ; Team Work ; Bereavement Support; Group Support
Commitment LengthLong Term (More than 1 year)
Interaction LevelSmall Group ; Large Group ; Group size varies, usually between 5-1 people attend.
Dates and TimesWednesday: Evening 
Currently, the group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityPartially Accessible ; Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Dedicated accessible washroom with all features
LocationVirtual on Zoom/The Family Centre in Kitchener
Number of PositionsAberfoyle ; Arthur ; Elora ; Erin ; Fergus ; Guelph ; Harriston ; Mount Forest ; Palmerston ; Rockwood 
4 individual(s) needed in total. 
Although the in-person group will be in Kitchener, we support folks in Waterloo Region, Guelph, Wellington County and surrounding areas.
TrainingTraining is required ; Along with lived bereavement experience, our facilitator training is mandatory to volunteer as a peer facilitator with BFO-MR.  
Training is virtual and takes place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on: 
* Tuesday January 25 
* Thursday January 27 
* Monday January 31 
You must attend all three sessions.
TransportationNear public transit - Kitchener
Application Deadline14 Jan 2022
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsWe require all volunteer facilitators to obtain and Vulnerable Sector Police Check.
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Organization NameBereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region
Office Phone519-603-0196
Mailing AddressThe Family Centre 
65 Hanson Ave, Suite 1042 
Kitchener, ON N2C 2H6