Peer Leader - Afghan Community

Job city: 
Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 5:00pm
Job terms: 
Part-time contract


Family Service Toronto (FST) helps people face a wide variety of life challenges. For over 100 years, we have worked with individuals and families destabilized by precarious mental health and/or socioeconomic circumstances to achieve greater resilience and stability in more just and supportive communities. We achieve this through our direct service work of intervention and prevention which includes counselling, peer support and education; knowledge building; and system-level work, including social action, advocacy, community building and working with partners to strengthen the sector.

Healthy Families Healthy Communities (HFHC) is a community engagement program for newcomer women, seniors, and youth. The program activities support the Afghan, Iranian, Nigerian, Latino-Hispanic, Somali, and Arabic-speaking communities. Peer support groups, educational workshops, and community events are delivered to seniors, women, and youth from these communities in their first language and facilitated by staff with lived experiences.


  • Provide participants with appropriate information and referrals
  • Participate in training on how to deliver/facilitate peer support groups
  • Assist with outreach to Afghan community to raise awareness of the Healthy Families, Healthy Communities program and to organize and recruit participants
  • Facilitate peer support groups and assist with community-based workshops for the Afghan group
  • Assist with research activities, including on-line research, focus groups and/or telephone interviews
  • Maintain up-to-date notes, records, statistics and other data, as required
  • Assist with the regular and timely recording and input of data and statistics into the database system, as required based on FST’s policies and procedures
  • Participate in debriefing, supervisory and team meetings
  • Maintain confidentiality of participants’ data and information at all times
  • Participate in training and educational opportunities, as required


  • Post-secondary education or equivalent combination of education and experience. Foreign credentials and relevant experience will be considered
  • One to two years of experience working or volunteering with community groups
  • Knowledge of services and resources for newcomers to Canada
  • Knowledge and ability to use social networking platforms, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp
  • Ability to speak and understand the official Afghan languages (Dari, Pashto)
  • Strong listening, written and verbal English communication skills
  • Some knowledge and understanding of family violence and gender-based violence issues
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with Afghan participants
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, accessibility, inclusion and cultural competency
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Ability to work with flexible schedules, including some evenings and occasional weekends and able to work remotely, if needed
  • Criminal reference check with Vulnerable Sector Search

How to apply:

Please indicate file number HFHC #43-21 on your application and submit cover letter and resume by September 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. to:


Family Service Toronto is committed to developing a diverse service team that reflects the diversity of the population who live and work in the City of Toronto. We actively encourage applicants from all equity seeking groups especially those with lived experience from racialized and or marginalized communities. Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives.

In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and FST’s Equity and Inclusion policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

Thank you to all applicants and will contact the individuals selected for an interview. No phone calls please.