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Position: 851 - Overdose Loss Grief Support Group Facilitator > Virtual
Organization: Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton-Peel
Position Address: During COVID-19, volunteering to be 'virtual', from the volunteers' homes
Location: 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 Overdose Loss Grief Support Group Facilitators for our Overdose Loss Support Group. This Support Group will be conducted virtually, and we anticipate a start up by mid-January, 2022. 


Our 12-Week, Closed Support Group will run on a weekly basis in the evenings with 1-2 Facilitators leading each group.


Our Group Facilitators lead open and closed support groups for individuals 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 by no later than November 15, 2021, for this opportunity by clicking on the yellow box 'Apply Now!' (above), which will provide you with direct access to further details and direction as to how to pursue your application. Applicants with 'profiles' in Volunteer MBC's Referral System > please ensure that you UPLOAD your resume to your 'profile'.

Applications 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). Please refer to How to Contact (below) if you wish to make an enquiry about this volunteering opportunity.

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.


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


  • You MUST have experienced a loss of someone close to you as the result of an overdose to be considered. Please note this in your application. 
  • Facilitators must be 19 years of age or older
  • For the Closed Group, we ask our Facilitators to commit to an engagement of TWELVE (12) WEEKS, in order to provide group members with consistency and continuity
  • The ideal Facilitator will have experienced an overdose loss and will be able to share that lived experience in a positive manner with group members
  • You're 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 be able to commit to an online and in-class/virtual volunteer Facilitator training if approved for the Program
  • Facilitators must have reliable access to the Internet via suitable devices (PC, laptop, etc.) and software (eg. Zoom, etc.)
  • 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: 19   
Police Check: Required   
Resume: Required   
Driver's Licence: Not required

Time Commitment
This is a Medium Term (4 - 6 months) commitment starting 2022-01-31 AND ending 2022-04-11
Shifts are available Anytime

Groups run for 1.5 hours on a weekly basis. The day and time of the group will be decided in the coming months. The group will run in the evening on a weekday.


QUARTERLY. INTRODUCTORY TRAINING is MANDATORY for all volunteer Facilitators 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 (THIS INCLUDES a review of organizational policies & procedures specific to the Centre for Grief & Healing)

> 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

QUARTERLY: Volunteers must attend AT LEAST ONE (1) 'volunteer engagement night' per year - The 'Topic of the Night' for the volunteer engagement nights are derived from initial training components, as these discussions will serve as 'refresher' training for all our volunteers

*** Our 'Centre for Grief and Healing Team' is committed to support our 'Facilitators' in their vital volunteer leadership 'roles'!


More Details
Areas of Interest: Education & Learning, Counselling & Mental Health, Healthcare, Program Coordination, Senior Support, Support Group Facilitation & Therapy, Newcomer Support
Accessibility: Fully Accessible Workplace
Ideal for: Individuals, Groups, Co-op Placements, Older Adults
Apply before: 2021-11-15

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