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Position: 2888 - Senior (65+) Grief Peer Support Facilitators > Virtual & ACTIVE during COVID-19
Organization: Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton-Peel
Position Address: Until further notice, volunteering will be 'virtual', from volunteers' residences
Location: Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Virtual


Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton-Peel is a non-profit, charitable organization offering compassion and care for individuals coping with the death of a loved one. We provide mutual support programs and services for families and individuals experiencing grief. Our goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where participants leave feeling heard, validated and are equipped with sufficient coping strategies. We are currently recruiting SENIOR (65+) Support Group Facilitator volunteers to support our upcoming Senior Support Group. Our programs will be 'VIRTUAL'.


We are seeking Senior Support Group Facilitators (6 positions) who are 65+ in age

We hope to initiate a Senior Support Group for this Fall and/or Winter and it will run every Tuesday from 2:30pm - 4:00pm ('virtually') for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks. Next session start will be mid-October.


Our Senior Support Group Facilitators will lead an open support group for seniors (65+) who have experienced a loss through the death of a loved one, leading peer-to-peer support delivery with compassion and understanding in a non-judgmental environment.


  • Establish and maintain physical and emotional and social/cultural safety
  • Provide socio-emotional support and connect group members with additional resources
  • Promote, initiate and guide interactions that are characterized by equality and non-judgment
  • Role model in the expression of authentic emotion and respectful, empathetic interactions
  • Listen empathetically by giving your full attention to the speaker
  • Journey alongside members as they navigate their grief and mourn the loss of their loved one
  • Reassure group members of the individual nature of grief
  • Observe group members’ expressions and reactions
  • Identify, intervene and help to resolve conflict
  • Explore opportunities for growth and change

Please apply for this opportunity by clicking on the yellow box 'Apply Now!' (above/below), which will provide you with direct access to further details and direction as to how to pursue your application. LAST DATE for receiving APPLICATIONS: October 4, 2021

Those interested in the 'role' of Senior Support Group Facilitator, who have volunteer 'profiles' in Volunteer MBC's Referral System, are requested to 'upload' a resume into your 'profile'. Applications (found on our website) and resumes MUST be sent to: [email protected]. Please save your application file name as follows: First Name, Last Name, Volunteer Application, 20XX (e.g. John Smith Volunteer Application 2021).

We greatly appreciate your time and commitment as a volunteer and hope to schedule volunteer hours and tasks that benefit your work/life balance and personal goals/needs. Contact [email protected] with any questions or further inquiries.

Thank you.


+ Excellent opportunity to enhance skills/education/experience in the field of grief and bereavement/mental health support

+ Be a part of a well-respected community service organization that assists families and individuals genuinely in distress

+ Personal satisfaction that your support as a volunteer will benefit your community both in terms of helping residents individually and as a matter of overall capacity to cope, recover, and restore well-being

+ Volunteer spotlight opportunities that showcase your efforts

+ Volunteer engagement nights and check-ins with staff and other volunteers

+ Program development meaning community change



  • All Facilitators must be 65 years of age or older
  • Fluency in language(s) besides ENGLISH is an asset
  • The ideal Facilitator will have experienced a loss and will be able to share that lived experience in a positive manner with group members
  • Be able to demonstrate the following traits: compassion, social inclusion, integrity, non-judgment, adaptability, self-disclosure, resiliency, and self-management
  • A 'Police Vulnerable Sector Check' will be required prior to facilitating your first group
  • Applicants must commit to an online and in-class/'virtual' volunteer facilitator training, if selected as a successful candidate
  • Facilitators must have reliable access to the Internet via suitable devices (PC, laptop, etc.) and software (eg. ZOOM, Microsoft Teams, etc.) *LAPTOPS/DEVICES CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS.
  • Absolute respect for privacy/confidentiality

      *** Please assess your self-readiness prior to applying. SCREENING of applicants will be remote ('virtual', via telephone/email/online interview(s), etc.)

Min Age: 65   
Police Check: Required   
Resume: Required   
Driver's Licence: Not required

Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment starting 2021-10-16 AND ending 2022-01-01
Shifts are available on the following days
 - Tuesday Afternoon

Senior Support Group will run every Tuesday via Zoom, from 2:30pm - 4:00pm.



Next Training Date: October 16th.

We run our TRAINING QUARTERLY,  and our INTRODUCTORY TRAINING is MANDATORY for all volunteer SENIOR SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATORS, who are required to complete: 7.5 hours of online, independent learning specific to the Centre for Grief & Healing + 7.5 hours of in-class or 'virtual' learning + 1-2 peer support group shadow sessions + 1 co-lead of a peer support group session.

ONGOING TRAINING: Existing volunteers will be offered ongoing training opportunities annually

'Volunteer Engagement Nights' will be held QUARTERLY, and volunteers must attend AT LEAST ONE (1) volunteer engagement night per year. Monthly check-ins are made available as well as a Volunteer Facebook Group being open and available for volunteers to connect and ongoing eNewsletters to stay up-to-date.

>>> Our 'Centre for Grief and Healing Team' is committed to supporting our Senior Group Facilitators in their vital volunteer leadership 'roles'!


More Details
Areas of Interest: Education & Learning, Counselling & Mental Health, Healthcare, Program Coordination, Research/Evaluation, Senior Support, Support Group Facilitation & Therapy, Multilingual, Newcomer Support
Accessibility: Unknown, Fully Accessible Workplace
Ideal for: Individuals, Groups, Older Adults
Apply before: 2021-10-04

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