Monday February 20, 2012 6:30pm-8:00pm     The Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ontario (just north of Major Mackenzie Drive). *Note: there are cats on the premises; a small threshold at front of entrance.

Monday March 5, 2012 5:30pm-7:00pm    The Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ontario (just north of Major Mackenzie Drive). *Note: there are cats on the premises; a small threshold at front of entrance.

Wednesday March 14, 2012 4:30pm-6:00pm   North York General Hospital — Branson Site, 555 Finch Ave., West, Toronto (just west of Bathurst St.) **Wheelchair accessible.

Tuesday March 27th, 2012 3:00pm-4:00pm    Houselink Community Homes  Drop-in, 805 Bloor Street West, Toronto (West of Christie Subway Station). **Wheelchair accessible.


Are you part of a group of people who would like to learn more about PREFER?  Is your group in York Region, South Simcoe, or the Toronto Area?  We might be able to come to you!  Please contact us to make arrangements.


With support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a new collaborative we have formed made up of the Krasman Centre, Gerstein Centre and Houselink Community Homes has been funded with 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 Greater Toronto Area.

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. All training will be free to participants.

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.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting project, please take a look at our brochure and visit our online application form for details. Keep up-to-date by visiting our website at:

Information sessions will be held in Toronto and in York Region on the following dates:

Monday  May 9, 2011  5:30pm – 6:30pm at Houselink, 805 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Wednesday May 11, 2011 6:00-7:00pm at Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

Friday  May 13, 2011  10:30am-11:30am at Auditorium, North York General Hospital — Branson Site, 555 Finch Ave. W. (just west of Bathurst), North York


Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to attend so that we can guarantee your space and send you up-dated information. Register for one of the upcoming information sessions by emailing your name, contact information, and any accommodations you require to or by leaving a message at: 905-780-0491, ext. 125 or calling toll-free 1-888-780-0724

The application deadline for new participants is Monday June 6, 2011. Please help us spread the word about this exciting new education and training initiative!

Click here to complete the online application.

Announcement flyer

Program Brochure

Commitment and Application Information (pdf)

Detailed Program Information and Description (pdf)