We have begun our search for the Coordinator who will help the coalition implement this project.  See below…

Job Posting                                     Peer Recovery Education Coordinator 

The Krasman Centre, on behalf of a collaborative of agencies including Gerstein Centre and Houselink, is hiring a part-time contract PRE Coordinator. The position is based on a standard rate of $22.16 per hour at 20 hours per week. The position is for a one-year contract, with the possibility of renewal over the life of the four-year funding grant for this project. The position will be based out of the Krasman Centre Richmond Hill location, and travel around South Simcoe/York Region and the GTA is required (some areas not easily accessible by public transit).


The PRE 4 Employment Coordinator will coordinate, support and operate a modular recovery education program that develops knowledge and skill for people who identify with personal lived experience with mental health challenges or substance abuse in order to support entry to employment or advancement in current employment.


The PRE 4 Employment program, as outlined by the funding agreement, is overseen and administered directed by the project Steering Committee, and specific accountability for the program is assigned to the Krasman Centre; therefore, the Program Coordinator is an employee of the Krasman Centre.   The Steering Committee is also responsible for program development, facilitation and evaluation.


The Coordinator is responsible for organizing and administering all aspects of the education programs, including recruitment, notification, coordinating delivery and supporting the evaluation. The Program Coordinator establishes and maintains communication with program participants and participating organizations. The Program Coordinator promotes and develops related opportunities for facilitation/leadership in the community through activities such as facilitating participant networks.

 Responsibilities:·        Operational management of the program including: promotion of the program; supporting recruitment; maintaining the program schedule; facilitation of the participant network; collection of program data;  managing expenses; tracking and monitoring budget ·        Plan and organize education sessions including: notification and communication: registration: arranging for materials and refreshments, supporting the facilitators and troubleshooting·        Conference organization and administration

  • Reach out to formal and informal stakeholders and potential participants
  • Provide support to the Steering Committee, including managing communication and feedback, and  supporting program evaluation
  • Engage potential employer groups  to identify core  employment skills that can inform development opportunities for participants


  • Must identify as a person of direct lived experience with mental health challenges in keeping with the Krasman Centre philosophy
  • Strong appreciation of mental health recovery principles and values
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking (verbal and written in English)
  • Strong administrative, coordination and budgetary skills
  • Facility with technology: word-processing; spreadsheet; powerpoint; teleconferencing; and multimedia presentation.
  • Knowledge of the GTA and York Region/South Simcoe an asset
  • Experience facilitating groups is required; previous experience with WRAP is also a must
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evening and weekends
  • Ability to work independently and solve problems with minimal supervision
  • Access to and use of a car is an asset as travel around York Region/South Simcoe and the GTA is necessary


Deadline for application is Thursday June 3rd by 4pm.


To apply, send your resume and cover letter as an attachment to postmaster@krasmancentre.com. In order to be considered for the position you must identify as a person with direct lived experience and also have completed an Introduction to Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP).  Please identify these two qualifications in your cover letter (confidential and private).


No telephone calls please. No telephone calls will be returned about this position. For more information, please see www.cultureofrecovery.org.


We are very happy to announce that, with support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a new collaborative we have formed with the Gerstein Centre and Houselink has been funded for a four-year grant to develop and coordinate a team of peer recovery educators to develop a series of wellness recovery education programs to their peers in order to support and advance employment and skills development.The project will cover South Simcoe County, York Region and the GTA.

We see our employment focus as educating/preparing the potential workforce of consumer/survivors or people with mental health labels/lived experience; strengthening the recovery-supporting abilities of the workforce; and supporting a culture shift for employers/organizations that is grounded in honouring and working from lived experience perspectives and disciplines such as peer support.

Although we are not offering jobs, this program will offer the skills-training and knowledge that helps get jobs in a new and emerging field of service delivery, as well as transform the current helping system based on lived experience and the knowledge of service users.

Although still in the early planning stages, we know a few things: People with lived experience of mental health/addictions problems or labels who are interested in being part of this program will register/undertake a selection process into the program and must be able to commit to the full course of the program. At this point, we are considering the following seven groups as the core curriculum:

1)   First level of Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)

2)   Like Minds – 3 days

3)   Pathways to Recovery Facilitation  – 3 days

4)   How to facilitate Gaining Autonomy over Medications groups  (1 day)

5)   Crisis Intervention – 2 days

6) WRAP Facilitation level

7)   Summit – 1 day

We see orientation as being the first week of September and the curriculum will be completed by March 2011.

This is an intensive program and will require a significant time commitment if selected into the program. If you are interested, please stay in touch with this website or with www.krasmancentre.com for updates and announcements!

For those of you who atttended our “Recovery Politics: Tensions and Opportunities” session at the 2009 Making Gains conference in Toronto, the presentation slides can be found in the Media category under Presentations. Over 100 people attended this workshop, many of whom had extensive experience building a recovery-supporting environment, to discuss the inherent tensions in shifting organizational culture, and understanding the culture of peer support and recovery as part of the larger consumer/survivor movement. �

Ann, Kate and Tanya will be attending and presenting on peer support, WRAP and mental health recovery over the course of the 2009 Annual PsychoSocial Rehabilitation conference. To find out more, go to www.psr-rsp-conference2009.ca