Grief and Bereavement Peer Facilitators

Location:  900 Merivale Road

Team:         Health Promotion and Counselling Team

Days:         Second Wednesday of every month

Time:          2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Commitment: One year, Ongoing

Volunteer will report to:   Health Promoter

Goals of the program

The Health Promotion and Counselling Team is recruiting 6 peer facilitators for a new bereavement program designed for seniors. The Grief and Loss Program has two components: a Monthly Drop In and an 8-week support group. Volunteers would be working with a Carlington Community Health Centre Counsellor to provide grief and loss support for anyone grieving the death of a spouse/partner, child, parent, sibling, relative or friend.

Description of Volunteer Role

  • Co-facilitating a monthly grief and bereavement support drop-ins with a Carlington Community Health Centre Counsellor.
  • Co-facilitate an 8-week support group with a Carlington Community Health Centre Counsellor.
  • Promote a safe, secure and welcoming environment for participants.
  • Encourage participants to provide mutual emotional support to one another.


  • Completion of a 3- day grief training program with Bereaved Families of Ottawa either September 22 – 24 or November 17 – 29, 2016
  • Experience providing emotional support
  • Patient, open-minded, non-judgmental, excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sensitive to multicultural issues and to issues facing low-income population
  • Good communication skills, ability to speak in English
  • Ability to commit to 1 year of volunteering
  • Availability and willingness to participate in a 3-day peer facilitation training with Bereaved Families of Ontario
  • Awareness of seniors’ needs
  • Awareness of grief and loss/bereavement
  • Punctual, reliable, and dependable
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to obtain an appropriate Police Records Check.

Please contact Andrea Reid at or 613-722-4000 for more information.