JOB POSTING – July 25th, 2022

Application Deadline:

Sunday, August 7th @ 11:59 pm

Please read the job description in full. To apply, please submit your application with your cover letter and resume through this Google Form.


BIPOC Peer Support Facilitator – Position & Project Description

Position Title: BIPOC Peer Support Facilitator

Partnership: Community Race Relations Committee (CRRC) and Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP)

Employment Type: Casual/Contract 

This contract position is suitable for qualified candidates with entry-level skills and experience that are interested in earning a side income for the duration of the project term and who are seeking a valuable opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the BIPOC community in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. 

Commitment: 21 hours

  • Third or fourth week of August: 3-hr Training & Orientation
  • Week of October 3: 3-hr  Session 1
  • Week of October 10: 3-hr Session 2
  • Week of October 17: 3-hr Session 3
  • Week of October 31: 3-hr Session 4
  • Week of November 7: 3-hr Session 5
  • Week of November 14: 3-hr Session 6

Compensation: $420 CAD

$60 will be paid to each facilitator at the end of each session including training. 

One (1) 3-hr training session and six (6) 3-hr peer support group sessions = $420 total compensation for each facilitator.

Positions available: 2

Position Summary

The Community Race Relations Committee (CRRC) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) are seeking two (2) candidates for the role of BIPOC Peer Support Facilitator. In this role, the facilitators will co-lead a peer support group providing emotional and social support to group participants. The successful candidates will facilitate group discussions and activities that are primarily peer-led, and guided by session agendas designed by the project coordinators. The successful candidates must identify with an intersectional lived/living experience as a racialized (Black, Indigenous, or individual of colour) woman, trans person, and/or non-binary individual. The BIPOC Peer Support Facilitators will use their experiential knowledge when interacting, listening, and supporting their peers. Additionally, the BIPOC Peer Support Facilitators will help the peers develop coping strategies and improve their quality of life.

Project Description

This project is a BIPOC-focused peer support group in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough organized in collaboration between the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) and the Community Race Relations Committee (CRRC). Establishing a local BIPOC peer support group was derived from 1) the results of the BIPOC Community Outreach Project, and 2) the community feedback collected during CRRC’s BIPOC Healing event on June 9, 2022. The results of the BIPOC Community Outreach Project indicate a need for more intersectional mental health resources and outreach that facilitates community among BIPOC individuals (Shahe, 2021), while the community feedback collected during the BIPOC Healing event demonstrated a high demand for closed BIPOC healing spaces in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. Therefore, the joint project for the BIPOC Peer Support Group geared towards trans people, non-binary individuals, and women was created in partnership between CWTP and CRRC.

Peer support groups have the benefit of utilizing the power of lived experience; members of the group are able to communicate and build connections with people who have similar experiences to them. This can provide a sense of empowerment, and also help moderate life challenging events (Mental Health Commission of Canada [MHCC], 2013 – 2016). In the article Peer Support as a Tool for Community Care: “Nothing About Us, Without Us” published in 2021, author Shinjini Bakshi states that “individuals with lived experience are not only worthy of dignity, care, and healing, but they are also paramount in driving innovation and leading movements towards liberation.” (Bakshi, 26, 2021). In this research, peer support groups are shown to have beneficial impacts to BIPOC trans people, non-binary individuals and women, who often experience multiple forms of discrimination (gender discrimination, racism, transphobia, etc.) at once.

Project Objectives

Specific goals and objectives of the project are outlined below: 

  • To create a BIPOC Peer Support Group in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough that is geared towards racialized trans people, non-binary individuals, and women. 
  • To provide specialized mental health resources in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough that are tailored to BIPOC individuals who experience multiple forms of oppression. 
  • To facilitate a sense of community among racialized individuals living in the community of Nogojiwanong/Peterborough.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • The successful candidate will facilitate peer-driven conversations, discussions and activities that are centered in BIPOC intersectionalities as an active listener to the peer group participants, while making connections to their lived experience and identity.
    • Peer-driven conversations may help participants figure out what they think will better their quality of life; identify and approach barriers, including but not limited to systematic oppression; and unpack/hold space for emotional experiences.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for upholding and communicating peer support principles in the space, such as confidentiality, self-determination, mutual trust/respect and dignity.
  • The successful candidate must attend the 3-hr Orientation & Training Session and ALL 6 (six) BIPOC Peer Support Group sessions (the session schedule will be confirmed after the hiring process, as the schedule will be based on the successful candidates’ weekly availability in October/November 2022).
  • The successful candidate will build relationships based in mutual trust with peers and co-facilitators.
  • The successful candidate will direct peer support participants to additional resources and supports outside of the group.
  • The successful candidate will implement the agenda that the coordinators provide ahead of each session.
  • The successful candidate must uphold a commitment to anti-racism practices in their day-to-day life to the best of their ability.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Completion of high school and/or special courses, combined with a minimum of either (6) months of formalized peer support work OR (1) year of equivalent work, education, or volunteer experience in group facilitation, peer support, BIPOC leadership, anti-racism/anti-oppression training/education, or similar experience. Post-secondary students are welcome to apply.
  • Experience supporting/connecting with BIPOC women and/or +QTBIPOC (Queer-, Trans-, Black, Indigenous, or Person of Colour)
  • Clear communication skills
  • Active listening skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Self-awareness of emotional capacity especially when working with others and facilitating conversations and discussions on challenging topics
  • Strong interpersonal skills, emphasizing capacity for compassion and empathy toward others
  • Passionate about BIPOC well-being

Recommendations for Success

  • The successful candidate should have a general understanding of project-related concepts such as anti-racism and anti-oppression, community care, peer support, mental health & wellness, intersectionality, decolonization, critical race theory, diversity-equity-inclusion practice, accessibility.
  • The successful candidate should be open to challenging oppressive systems and narratives including but not limited to white supremacy, cis-hetpatriarchy, colonialism and neo-colonialism, capitalist infrastructure, institutionalized racism and sexism etc.

Conditions & Workplace Setting

Facilitators must attend all sessions in-person at the BIPOC Peer Support Group meeting location at Sadleir House in Downtown Peterborough at 751 George Street North.

Successful candidates must be able to accept compensation via Interac E-transfer or Cheque.

Covid-19 Health & Safety policies and protocols may change throughout the project term. It is the employee’s responsibility to acknowledge, respect and follow the most up-to-date policies and protocols as required in the working space.

Our Commitment to Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Recruitment Practices & Workplace Environment

We are dedicated to empowering and supporting individuals from marginalized communities by maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and continues to offer meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities to promote leadership and skill-building experiences for underrepresented community members. 

We encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, racialized, members of ethnic, cultural and/or faith communities, newcomers, women, gender-diverse and non-het folks (including +2SLGBTQIA), single parents, and peoples living with disabilities.

Application Process

Please read the job description in full. To apply, please submit your application with your cover letter and resume using this Google Form.

Applications are due no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, August 7th, 2022.

Contact Information

CRRC Contact:

Czarina (she, her), Coordinator, CRRC

czarina@racerelationspeterborough.org | 705-930-1694

Website: racerelationspeterborough.org

Instagram: @racerelationsptbo

CWTP Contact:

Rhea Shahe, BIPOC Community Liaison, CWTP

Muna Ahmed, Coordinator, CWTP

coordinator@trentcwtp.com

Website: trentcwtp.com

Instagram: @bipoc_archives_nogo and @centreforwtp

Follow-up Process

We thank all applicants for expressing interest in this job position.

Qualified applicants will be invited for a 10-minute phone-screening interview.

Successful screening will result in the invitation to a 1-hr interview with the hiring team.

Following the interview process, two successful candidates will be offered the position contract. All interviewees will be notified of the final recruitment results by email.

Due to a high volume of applicants, we cannot guarantee we will notify every applicant of the final outcome.


Appendix

Terminology

Peer Support: Peer support is focused on creating mutual support systems between people who share similar experiences (Self Help Alliance, 2013). Mental health diagnoses, racism, gender discrimination, and medical trauma are all examples of mutual experiences that can be shared between peers (Self Help Alliance, 2013). These connections are usually based in emotional support, and sharing knowledge and experiences (Self Help Alliance, 2013).

Peer: A peer can be defined as someone who shares a mutual experience with you (Self Help Alliance, 2013). Peer is also a term used to describe people who seek assistance from peer support workers and groups (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2013).

Peer Support Group: Individuals who come together with a focus on a shared experience (Self Help Alliance, 2013). This peer support group is for BIPOC non-binary individuals and women; therefore, the focus will be on shared experiences of racism, gender discrimination and intersectional discrimination. The group will also focus on moments of joy and pride that stem from the experience of being a racialized nonbinary person/woman.

Works Cited

Bakshi, S. (2021). Peer Support as a Tool for Community Care: “Nothing For Us, Without Us”. Columbia Social Work Review, XIX, p. 20-43. https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/cswr/article/download/7602/4238

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). (2013). Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support. Retrieved from  https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/wp-content/uploads/drupal/peer_support_guidelines.pdf.pdf

Shahe, R. (2021). BIPOC Community Outreach Project: A Thematic Analysis of Challenges Faced by the BIPOC Community in Peterborough, ON, and Suggestions for Future Resources. Retrieved from https://static1.squarespace.com/static/609d7990a7aa9370f7d1740c/t/62585ca03caf79558c1ac28e/1649958048617/BIPOC+Community+Outreach+Project+Report+-+RD-converted.pdf

Self Help Alliance. (2013). Starting and Maintaining a Peer Support Group Manual. Retrieved from https://cmhawwselfhelp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Starting-and-Maintaining-Peer-Group-Manual-2013.pdf