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3101 - Volunteer Peer Support Chapter Leader
Position Address:
'Virtual' & 'In-person'
Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Virtual


Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) represents Ontario’s publicly-funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres. We advocate for investments, policies, and programs for children, youth, and families seeking mental health services in Ontario. Our goal is to promote a coordinated and high-quality system of care that puts children, youth and families first.

Chapter Leaders are responsible for establishing and providing peer support; sometimes this is done through monthly peer support groups or being available for one-to-one support. Chapter Leaders must have lived experience raising a child/youth with mental health challenges and have a solid understanding of local resources in the Child and Youth Mental Health Sector.

Peer support is a form of self-care, being heard and seen by others who understand what it is like to be on your journey helps make the journey a bit easier.


Peer support meetings take place in the evening and can be virtual or in person. See TIME COMMITMENT, below.

As a Chapter Leader, you will engage in:

Direct Support

  • Flexible availability and use of methods in providing support for families    
  • Knowledge of mental health supports and services within the community
  • Communicate issues or challenges with Family Partnership Program Manager as they arise
  • Communicate periodically with families through the peer support offered and/or through a distribution list (eg. email, newsletter, or mail) as necessary

Chapter Development & Leadership

  • Attend mandatory training (no more than 10 hours per year)
  • Promote PCMH within the community to ensure it is a widely known resource to our target audience


  • Communicate with PCMH through email, phone, virtual and in-person meetings
  • Ensure chapter email and telephone line are checked at a minimum every 4 days
  • Attend monthly Town Halls and support resource creation by sharing your experiences and knowledge
  • Participate in training opportunities
  • Complete quarterly data surveys and respond to requests for information to better inform PCMH programming and support initiatives

PCMH is currently recruiting for the important 'role' of Chapter Leaders. Please click on the yellow box 'Apply Now!' (above) to explore this volunteering opportunity further.



Chapter Leaders are the backbone of the peer support program, and it is important that they get all the support they need. Such as space to connect with other Chapter Leaders to discuss and raise questions about their chapter and to engage in peer support with each other. Chapter Leaders are also connected with a designated employee at the local Child and Youth Mental Health agency to share resources and strategies for unique challenges.

Chapter Leaders are trained in Peer Support, Group Facilitation Skills and Systems Navigation. Chapter Leaders participate in an additional minimum of 10 hours of training per year and are welcome to participate in all available training free of charge.

Excellent opportunity to showcase, enhance your skiils/training/experience as these relate to Child and Youth Mental Health (add to your resume).


All volunteers must have lived experience raising a child with mental health challenges.

Core Competencies:

  • Strong Facilitation Skills
  • Team-focused
  • Communication Skills
  • Planning & Organizing
  • Leadership
  • Ethics & Integrity
  • Compassion & Empathy
  • Knowledge of child and youth service systems and sectors, both locally and provincially or a willingness to learn more about this to be effective in your 'role'


SCREENING of applicants will be virtual, unless otherwise advised.

Min Age: 18   
Police Check: Required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required

Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment AND ending 2022-12-31
Shifts are available Anytime

FLEXIBLE: This position requires 5 to 10 hours per month. We ask all volunteers to commit to volunteer a minimum of 2 years.
Peer support meetings take place in the evening and can be virtual or in person. 


The volunteer will take part in one-on-one onboarding TRAINING. Within the first year the volutneer will receive peer support training, (6 hours) and group facilitation training (2hours). There will be an expectation of an additional 10 hours of training completed each year. 

More Details
Areas of Interest: Counselling & Mental Health, Parent & Child Support, Support Group Facilitation & Therapy
Accessibility: Unknown, Not Accessible
Ideal for: Individuals, Groups, Newcomers, Older Adults

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