Early Years Family Advocate - Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Nov 23, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an award-winning Health Access Centre that provides holistic health services to First Nation, Inuit and Métis people living in Ottawa - one of the fastest growing and diverse urban Indigenous communities in Canada. Wabano is a fast-paced, client-oriented organization that models the Indigenous values of balance, respect and community interdependence.

As a Frontline Worker with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or Psychology and three years’ experience in mental health services and addictions support, you will want to consider this exceptional opportunity.


  • Provide client-centered, culturally-based addiction and mental health support to Indigenous people in Ottawa, including but not limited to assessment, referrals, case management and follow-up, advocacy, crisis intervention, and ongoing support;
  • Provide outreach, crisis intervention and mental wellness supports through Wabano’s COVID-testing van and our Homeless outreach van;
  • Appropriately maintain the records of all clients, and ensure confidentiality;
  • Provide monthly reports on activities to the Mental Health Director or Mental Wellness Team Lead;
  • Assist in the planning, coordination, and facilitation of mental health events and programming, including psycho-education workshops/groups and healing/sharing circles;
  • Work collaboratively with all staff to create and support Wabano events such as the Annual General Meeting, the Gala, and community holiday celebrations;
  • Maintain and strengthen a positive working relationship with other community agencies.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or relevant health care field;
  • Three to five years clinical experience working in the addictions and/or mental health field in a community based setting;
  • Thorough knowledge in areas of trauma, family violence, abuse, addictions, homelessness;
  • Familiarity with motivational interviewing and other interventions for individuals with concurrent disorders;
  • Knowledge of &/or sensitivity to various Indigenous cultures;
  • Experience in working with Canadian Indigenous clients;
  • Openness to traditional Indigenous treatment practices and healing methods;
  • Experience in crisis and risk situations and outreach;
  • Ability to work with high risk, difficult to reach population;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to work both in a multi-disciplinary team and independently;
  • A self-starter who is reliable and takes initiative;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Preference will be given to those of Indigenous descent (First Nations, Inuit or Métis), please self-identify;
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide a criminal reference check for working with vulnerable population;
  • First Aid/CPR required within first six months.

To pursue this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume by October 24, 2020 to jobs@wabano.com.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation. Miigwetch!

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