We're Hiring: Peer Power Facilitator - Westshore Health Centre

Westshore AVI Health Centre provides healthcare and support to people who have substance use disorders and are living in the Westshore area.

Peer Power: Westshore Leadership Training
Westshore AVI Health Centre, in partnership with Island Health and Langford City Council was successful in receiving funding from the Community Action Initiative to develop and roll out a peer education training program based in the Westshore that culminates in an Island wide training/resource sharing event.

Summary of the Position:

Grid: Grid 31, $24.29/hour
Work Location: Westshore AVI Health Centre, 111-2787 Jacklin Rd
Hours of Work: 18 hours/week, 3 - 6 hour days a week, specific hours and days to be determine.                                                          

Start Date: June 1 - 15, 2020

End Date: Dec 1-15, 2020


To Apply: please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@avi.org by 5pm on May 24, 2020

Job Summary:
Under the direct supervision of the Manager of Community Health, Victoria and Westshore, or designate, the Peer Power Facilitator will oversees the design, implementation and delivery of educational workshops, projects, and events related to the Peer Power project. This position will organize, support, and administer all aspects of the project including budgets, reporting and project content development. This position will also assist and support the Peer Power Educator and program participants.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. In consultation with the Manager of Community Health, Victoria and Westshore, the Peer Power Facilitator oversees the design, implementation and delivery of educational workshops, projects, and events related to the Peer Power project.
  2. Provides support to the Peer Power Educator and program participants.
  3. Provides education about harm reduction, opiate agonist treatment (OAT), overdose prevention, stigma, and more.
  4. Develops and co-facilitates peer education sessions, focus and support groups and wellness activities with the Peer Power Educator as needed.
  5. Assists with the design, production and distribution of promotional materials.
  6. Assists with the development and implementation of the pre-established goals and objectives, as laid out in the grant application.
  7. Provides other health promotion/community development work as needed.
  8. Maintains up-to-date and accurate knowledge of substance use, OAT, HIV, HCV and STIs including prevention, transmission, treatment, and emerging trends, in particular in relation to risk groups such as GBMSM, drug users, youth at risk, women, Indigenous people, and people in the criminal justice system.
  9. Liaises with other community organizations to maximize educational opportunities and services.
  10. Maintains files, stats and records related to all areas of the program, electronic and paper, including financials and program updates.
  11. Completes and submits monthly report that includes budget and program updates.
  12. Attends team meetings and individual supervision meetings as requested.
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • University degree in health or social sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working within harm reduction, OAT, HIV/AIDS, HCV and/or STI prevention and awareness and/or community development and support.
  • Experience working with and training peer educators and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience planning, promoting and launching education and development activities and events, such as conferences, forums, and workshops.
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating workshops and education initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the Westshore community
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to harm reduction principles and practices
  • Experience working with and providing education to diverse populations
  • Good computer skills, including databases, word-processing, graphics and social media (ie. Microsoft Publisher, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • Employment subject to criminal record check for working with vulnerable populations.
  • Valid Class 5 BC Drivers’ License.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong project coordination skills, including time management, workload and budget management.
  • Strong public speaking and group facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required to work effectively with co-workers, clients, community, and other service providers
  • Solid experience working with diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of community-based education strategies
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when needed

We encourage applications from, but not limited to, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, persons living with disabilities, persons who use/d illicit drugs, persons with experience of sex work, and persons representing diverse genders and sexualities.