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Public Educator, Living Life to the Full for Older Adult Caregivers, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 28, 2015

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, is seeking an experienced, bilingual Public Educator for a full-time contract to develop and deliver mental health literacy workshops in partnership with community organizations in Toronto, including health centres, older adult centres, community housing sites, Francophone organizations, and cultural/religious hubs. The Public Educator will also take a leadership role in creating Francophone and other cultural and language adaptations of CMHA’s Living Life to the Full course.

Living Life to the Full for Older Adult Caregivers is a three-year project designed to measurably reduce social isolation among older adults who are caregivers in the Greater Toronto Area. The project is led by CMHA Ontario, in partnership with CMHA BC, CMHA Toronto, the Older Adults Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO), the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), Toronto Community Housing, and Health Nexus.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and implementation of an outreach strategy to identify isolated older adult caregivers in Toronto
  • Develop mental health literacy workshops to build public awareness of mental health challenges in older adult caregivers
  • Facilitate the delivery of mental health literacy workshops and Living Life to the Full courses to older adult caregivers (in both English and French)
  • Develop partnerships with community organizations, including older adult centres, community health centres, and community housing sites
  • Co-supervise and assist in training project support staff within community organizations and coordinate access to mental health resources as needed
  • Conduct a needs assessment of Toronto older adult caregiver communities to identify priority audiences for cultural adaptations and/or translations of Living Life to the Full and mental health literacy workshops
  • Plan and facilitate stakeholder consultations to guide development of course adaptations
  • Work with the Project Coordinator to implement evaluation and dissemination strategies

Qualifications:

  • Relevant education and/or experience in public education, health promotion, program design, and partnership development
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Bilingual (French and English)
  • In-depth understanding of mental health and wellness, and serious mental illness
  • Knowledge of the community mental health sector
  • Familiarity with the older adult caregiver population, including an understanding of the mental health challenges caregivers may face, and barriers to accessing services
  • Knowledge of adult learning styles
  • Experience and skills in making dynamic, interactive presentations to groups
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Able to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Some evening work may be required

The position is based in Toronto with frequent travel within the Greater Toronto Area required.

We encourage applications from all individuals with relevant experience, including people with lived experience of mental illness and family members.

Please submit resumes by 5 pm on Monday, September 28, 2015, by e-mail at searchcommittee@ontario.cmha.ca or by fax at 416-977-2813.

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.