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Peer Program Co-ordinator - Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Sep 05, 2020
Toronto, Ontario
Summer, Internship, Work While Studying, Co-op

The Organization

Ever wanted to change the world for the better? We do too! Every day, our staff works towards SCIO’s vision of making Ontario a more accessible and inclusive community. We believe in the power of choice, for all, and we want to change the way the world sees people with disabilities. Our founders envisioned a better, healthier, more inclusive life for people with spinal cord injury and set out to make it so. We are honoured to carry forth that tradition every day in Ontario, as we work for and with people with SCI to live the life they choose.

Job Summary

As a member of the provincial Client Services team, the Peer Program Co-ordinator will develop, promote and market an active living peer program designed to assist persons with spinal cord injuries and their family members. We are currently looking for an innovative individual to work 3-days per week. This position is based out of the provincial office; however currently this position allows the flexibility to shift to the use of available remote and telework options.

Reporting to the Manager, Peer Program, you will:

  • Build and maintain relationships with clients, volunteers, stakeholders and professional partners
  • Recruit Peer Mentors
  • Train Peer Mentors to relay lived experience to persons with a spinal cord injury and their family members.
  • Meet with clients who have recently sustained a spinal cord injury who are interested in Peer Support or having a peer match
  • Match volunteers with new referrals and engage volunteers through other means such as attendance and presentations at monthly Peer Connections; or representing SCI Ontario in the community.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with acute care, rehabilitation and community service providers, in collaboration with the Regional Service Co-ordinators
  • Ensure collaboration with other service agencies and health care professionals to maximize access for clients
  • Maintain required program records and statistical information for reporting purposes
  • Plan and implement monthly Peer Connections sessions and actively support special events and projects.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of spinal cord injury through personal experience
  • Training and/or relevant experience in peer support, disability issues, volunteer program development and program management
  • Undergraduate degree in rehabilitation, social work, psychology or related discipline
  • Ability to develop effective working partnerships with various community groups and service and health care providers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a focus on building and maintaining connections and relationships using a collaborative approach
  • Demonstrated planning/organization and time management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to facilitate presentations and workshops
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency working in an MS Office environment.
  • Ability to travel within the GTA

Your positive relationship-building skills, coupled with a solid record of dependability, commitment and results-focused outcomes make you the ideal candidate for this position.

Given the essence of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, lived spinal cord injury experience will always be considered an important criterion among the criteria that are part of any given search. SCI Ontario is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to achieving accessibility in employment for persons with disabilities, while ensuring inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments

Reasonable and appropriate accommodation will be provided during the recruitment process upon request and addressed confidentially. We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Upon request, this position will require a Police Record Check and credentials verification.

If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to your community and join our team, please forward your resume and corresponding cover letter, in confidence by July 21, 2020 to: Human Resources, SCI Ontario, 520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto, ON M4G 3V9, Fax: 416-645-3265, E-mail:


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