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Job Posting: Relief Peer Support & Self Help Worker

Relief Peer Support & Self Help Worker

 Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

 The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is a drop-in Centre offering a wide variety of services to a diverse community of women and children living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The Peer Support Worker will promote principles of peer support and self help when supporting women to secure practical needs and manage crisis in the Drop In Centre.
  • Support other staff members in providing referrals and crises intervention
  • Facilitate women’s access to showers, clothing, toiletries, and other basic need items.
  • Responsible for a clean and comfortable environment that operates in compliance with the Centre’ Mission Statement, Statement of Principles, and Policy and Procedures.
  • Managing and supporting volunteers enrolled in the DEWC Skills Development Program
  • Managing crisis between, within and among various groups and individuals;
  • Maintaining a culture of ‘people helping people help themselves’.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years related experience, at least 2yrs in women serving or inner-city drop-in environment with Crisis Intervention training
  • Assisted referral experience and familiarity with support services, agencies and community resources in the DTES Community
  • Knowledge of Self-help, Peer Support and Feminist principles
  • Conflict Resolution skills and knowledge particularly in the area of mental health and/or addictions
  • First Aid certificate required
  • Ability to work within a chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women.
  • Women with addictions issues need to be 2 years clean and sober

 Please submit resume and covering letter via email/mal or fax to

Peer Support Worker Hiring Committee

302 Columbia Street,Vancouver,BC V6A 4J1

Fax:  604-681-8470   humanresources@dewc.ca

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Job Posting: Kitchen Trainer – Casual Relief

Kitchen Trainer – Casual Relief

 The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is a drop-in Centre offering a wide variety of services to a diverse community of women and children living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.  The successful candidate must work from a feminist analysis and within a strong anti-oppression framework

 Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

 Primary Responsibilities:

The Kitchen Trainer will ensure the provision of the food program within the drop-in Centre.  She will work with Centre volunteers in all aspects of the Kitchen including in the planning, preparation, and serving of up to 350 meals per day.

Integrating a community-based approach into the DEWC is the primary principle to guide this position with the goal of engaging centre members in the functioning and responsibility of the kitchen.

The Kitchen Trainer is to provide a relevant training program for Centre Volunteers in all aspects of cooking in a busy and chaotic drop-in Centre including meal planning and preparation, cleaning and maintenance, customer service skills, stock taking and ordering.    

Meal Preparation – ability to prep, cook, and serve meals to over 350 women/day in a busy, chaotic, fast-paced environment.  Ensure food quality, and respectful service to DEWC members.

Volunteer Support:  Actively participate as a team member of the volunteer program in collaboration with the Skills Development Coordinator to support, train and manage volunteers from the community. Responsible for communicating effectively and respectfully with volunteers and mediating conflicts as they occur.

Conflict Resolution/Crisis Management:  Manage crisis between, within and among kitchen volunteers, staff, and members including by mentoring a variety of stress coping skills.  Maintain a culture of ‘people helping people help themselves’. Communicate effectively and respectfully with women in crises and refer to appropriate in-centre staff.

In Centre Participation:  Participate within the staff team such as attending staff meetings, staff development and training, special events, hiring, evaluation, and Centre committees. Work collaboratively with in-centre staff.  Ensure effective communication and team approach in the smooth operation of the DEWC.

Qualifications:

  • Combination of 5 years experience and training in cooking, meal planning, nutrition.
  • Crises intervention and conflict resolution skills required
  • Familiarity with the Downtown Eastside Community.  Ability to work within a busy and chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a staff team
  • Food Safe, Level I.  First Aid/CPR Training a must
  • Women with addiction issues must be 2 years clean and sober

                                                Position Details:  Union position at $20.70/hour

Please submit resume and covering letter via mail or fax

302 Columbia Street,Vancouver,BC.,V6A 4J1

Fax:  604-681-8470 Email:  humanresources@dewc.ca 

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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Job Posting

POSITION: PEER SUPPORT
SALARY: $20.70 per hour
DEPARTMENT: NIGHT SHELTER
AFFILIATION: BCGEU
STATUS: Temporary FULL-TIME
START: May 16th 2012

There is a full-time Peer Support and Self Help Worker positions available at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre: Emergency Night Shelter. As current staff you are eligible to apply for and be considered for this position before it is posted externally.

If you would like to be considered for this position please indicate by ticking below and returning to Nicole Johnston by midnight, Monday, May 6th. Be aware that, if more than one applicant is deemed qualified, the positions will be awarded based on seniority.

Posting No. 12-007

Wed – Sat (70 hours per pay period)

Sign below and return to Nicole Johnston, Administrative Assistant

_____________________________ _______________________________
Name and Date

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Signature

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On Sunday November 19, 2006 at 5:00pm when the Centre closed, over 30 women refused to leave insisting that the Centre remain open for 24 hours a day. This protest was led by the Elders who have been walking through ourstreets in the evenings caring for women.

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