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CMHA – National Manager – Living Life to the Full

National Manager

Living Life to the Full


About the Role

The National Manager will lead and manage the quality and growth of the national CMHA flagship program Living Life to the Full /Vivre sa vie, pleinement: an evidence-based community course that teaches skills to build resilience currently offered by CMHA affiliates and approved partners across Canada.

Most of your time will be taken up by:

Business planning and development, including:

  • Developing and implementing a three year business plan
  • Ensuring budgeted revenues are met or exceeded, and that mechanisms for the reporting of sales and the assessment of royalties are managed in a timely manner
  • Leading the preparation of funding applications, and securing new affiliates and partners.
  • Liaising with key stakeholders for information sharing and program development

Quality assurance and improvement:

  • Identifying unique approaches and methods to deliver the program and ensure ongoing program fidelity and accountability.
  • Review and update the facilitator training curriculum
  • Facilitate discussion and information sharing by the growing community of practice of course facilitators and identify needs and gaps

Promotion and marketing

  • Ensure program successes and needs are regularly communicated to CMHA fundraising and communications staff to incorporate into fundraising appeals and donor communication
  • Seek opportunities to promote the program through various media, and through presentations at strategic meetings and conferences.
  • Oversee the transition of a fully bilingual website ( and an enhanced to the national platform


  • Offer and lead regular facilitator training workshops in different locations across the country
  • Explore, build and market an option to train new facilitators online

Manages and supports regional and national initiatives

  • Work with funders and affiliates to oversee delivery of the program to specific populations


What you bring to the role:

You will have a Masters degree in a relevant discipline, along with a minimum of 5 years experience in a comparable program/project management role. You will also have experience in the non-profit sector, ideally in a health or mental health context.  A background or clinical experience in delivering psychoeducation interventions is an asset, but not required.


In addition, you will have:

  • Superb written and verbal communication skills in both official languages, and in a Canadian context (mandatory)
  • Excellent project/program management skills, facilitation and training skills
  • Experience in business/resource development and marketing, with confidence in sourcing funding;
  • Excellent customer service, and the ability to work in a complex environment with complex relationships
  • Cross cultural experience, ideally in a health or mental health context
  • Knowledge and network mobilization, such as through communities of practice
  • Ability to take direction and supervision as well as experience in supervising others.
  • Internet, web/videoconferencing and software skills in MS Office
  • Knowledge of principles of cognitive-behavioural therapy an asset
  • Personal experience with mental health issues, either through self or a loved one, is an asset in this position


Working conditions

This is a regular full time management position, with a 37.5 hour work week. Flexibility to travel and to work non-core hours relative to assignments is required.


Located in downtown Vancouver, we offer a flexible work environment along with a competitive salary and benefits package.


How to Apply

We will consider applications from interested candidates who submit a resume and cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications outlined above.  Please submit in PDF format no later than October 31, 2017 to


For more information about this role and the Living Life to the Full Program, please visit our website at

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.



At the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), we are all about promoting the mental health of all and supporting the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness and addiction. Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national charity and nation-wide leader and champion for mental health.


CMHA, BC Division is committed to our workforce reflecting the diversity of the communities within which we work. As such, we encourage applications from persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the diversity of our staff.


Located on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples.




Vancouver Early Years Partnership – Early Years Community Developer

Early Years Community Developer

Vancouver Early Years Partnership



Time Frame: November 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Contract Fee: $ 52,800 – 61,600

Hours: Based on deliverables, approximately 30-35 hours/week


The Vancouver Early Years Partnership (VEYP) is one of the Children First Learning initiatives developed by the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Branch in 2013 and is funded by MCFD to support communities to identify and develop an integrated and comprehensive model of ECD service delivery for children from birth to 6 years old and their families.

The VEYP is hiring an early years community developer for an 8 months to coordinate day-to-day operations and implement community planning. Position may be extended.



Under the direction of the VEYP Steering Committee and the MCFD Director of Operations, the Contractor will coordinate VEYP projects and day-to-day operations as outlined in the VEYP Strategic Plan and annual work plan. These deliverables, based on the strategic priorities, include:

Support: A sustainable infrastructure to support the early years sector

  •  Coordinate and support the VEYP Steering Committee
  • Coordinate and support the development of up to 2 early years place-based planning initiatives
  • Develop and implement a plan to support/liaise with neighbourhood early years tables
  • Attend meetings as the VEYP liaison
  • Provide or sub-contract secretarial support for meeting minutes, meeting packages, etc.
  • Produce reports and perform other administrative duties as needed

Connect: Meaningful engagement between and across the early years sector

  • Develop and implement a low-barrier city-wide early years sector learning and networking opportunity
  • Nurture and build community and partner relationships where appropriate, including the Early Years Centre, neighbourhood early years initiatives and funding and research partners
  • Develop and initiate communication tools to inform and connect early years partners, including quarterly newsletter on promising practices for parent education and e-announcements for early years practitioners
  • Identify and initiate opportunities for collaboration
  • Participate in relevant early years committees and initiative

Educate: Increase awareness and a deeper understanding of the importance of the early years

  • Provide leadership and support to a committee to plan and promote 2 (two) free professional development opportunities
  • Create and support an Action Team to develop a strategy to support the sector with parent education

Research: Early years work informed and guided by research and innovation

  • Develop a plan and partnerships for knowledge acquisition, knowledge development and implementation of knowledge sharing and translation
  • Act as Vancouver’s EDI Community Trainer; provide training and support


Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in community development and project management
  • Understanding of place-based planning
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to support early childhood development
  • Ability to promote a shared leadership approach
  • Strong knowledge of the early years field; knowledge of the early years sector in Vancouver as asset
  • Strong networking skills and ability to build trusting relationships
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent in community development, social work, early childhood
  • Self-starter with strong administration and organizational skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledgeable and efficient with computers and social media
  • Current and valid BC driver’s license and access to a vehicle required
  • Home office required
  • Flexibility regarding availability required (work may include occasional evenings and weekends)



Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your experience and qualifications to: Kim Adamson – Chair – Vancouver Early Years Partnership – – by Friday, October 20 , 2017 at noon.

Farm to School – Lkwungen Harvest4Knowledge Coordinator

Lkwungen Harvest4Knowledge Coordinator

Part Time (5 hours/weeks)

Victoria, BC


Project Summary:

Harvest4Knowledge is a pilot project taking place on the unceeded territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nation. The project is funded by the Ministry of Health and Horner Foundation, and administered by Farm to School BC through Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) to bring native plant and traditional food knowledge into the minds, hearts and bellies of children and youth. Selected schools in School District 61 (SD61) that meet our eligibility criteria will receive grants to plant native plants, build medicine wheels, harvest traditional foods, and connect with elders and knowledge keepers. This project will promote opportunities for students to eat traditional foods in their classrooms, lunch or breakfast programs. Finally, the Harvest4Knowledge will continue to build regional and provincial Farm to School Network, bringing Indigenous ways of knowing into the network through a community of practice and working alongside local First Nations communities.


Position Summary:

The contract is for $7,000 which includes GST and start from November 2017 to June 2018, with the opportunity for renewal for the 2018-2019 school year. In this position you will report to Capital Region Farm to School Hub Animator, the Lkwungen Harvest4Knowledge Coordinator will support grant recipient schools in creating native plant gardens, medicines and opportunities for students to eat traditional foods in their classroom. The Lkwungen
Harvest4Knowledge Coordinator will place Songhees, Esquimalt communities and selected schools at the centre of all they do, believing that sustainable solutions are only ever developed when the support of a local community is strongly evident. The Lkwungen Harvest4Knowledge Coordinator will be a change agent in the community, building bridges within the community, among different communities and with the organizations and institutions that are impacting the community. The Lkwungen Harvest4Knowledge Coordinator will invest in relationships that
will form the solid foundation for future partnership development.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the acquisition of signage for all selected school native plant gardens and medicine wheels
  • Work with Sarah Rhude, District Aboriginal Art and Culture Facilitator to acquire plants for and other infrastructure to support the creation of native plant gardens and medicine wheels.
  • Support the development of signage that will be in Lkwungen and English
  • Communicate with Songhees and Esquimalt elders and knowledge keepers about the project and connect them to the project when appropriate
  • Support selected schools in developing a program plan for their project.
  • Check-in with selected schools to discuss successes and challenges and to address additional needs or concerns.
  • Provide verbal and written updates as requested
  • Attending meetings and other duties as requested by Capital Region Farm to School Animator



  • Education and/or experience working with Aboriginal communities and youth.
  • Ability to navigate complex relationships and competing organizations and community needs
  • The ability to share knowledge or connect with elders and knowledge keeps about Coast Salish plants
  • An understanding of community development and Songhees and Esquimalt community protocol and the ability to build cultural safety
  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Leadership style and work ethic that promotes collaboration, inclusivity, creativity, open communication as well as independent decision making


To Apply:

Submit your resume and one page cover letter of why you would be the ideal candidate for this position to Aaren Topley, Capital Region Farm to School Hub Animator at


Application Deadline:

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 11pm.

Priority will be given to applicants who are members of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nation.

October 15-21, 2017 is Teen Driver Safety Week!

Teen Driver Safety Week

October 15 – 21, 2017


Get Home Safe


Being a teenager is an exciting time in one’s life, and learning to drive can be both exciting and challenging.


While encouraging teens to hit the road, the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) would like to remind everyone that young driver (aged 16-25) safety is a significant issue in BC. Youth are overrepresented in all road-related injuries and deaths.


Statistics show that on average each year in BC,

  • 28 young drivers die as a result of a Motor Vehicle Crash;
  • 71 people die from crashes involving young drivers;
  • 32,000 crashes where at least one youth (16 to 21) is involved (drivers and passengers)
  • Speeding, driving while impaired (by drugs or alcohol) and distracted diving (by texting or using other electronic devices) are main reasons for a large number of these injuries and deaths.


The good news is that these injuries are predictable and can be prevented through evidence-based interventions.


Here are a few Teen Driver Safety Week reminders for all of us:

  1. Mind your speed and exercise patience
  2. Don’t take drugs and drive
  3. Don’t drink and drive
  4. Have a designated driver when you party
  5. Don’t text and drive


For more resources on teen driver safety, please see the links below:

Young drivers: a population at risk – BCIRPU Injury Insight

ICBC’s tips for teaching your teen to be a safe driver

Encourage your friends and family to share this message through newsletters, websites, and social media. For more information on National Teen Driver Safety Week 2017, visit Share your safety tips and posts on social media with the hashtag #GetHomeSafe.

BC Public Service Agency – Occupational Health Nurse

Occupational Health Nurse

BC Public Service Agency

Victoria or Vancouver

$62,458.31 – $81,979.10 annually



The BC Public Service Agency’s Occupational Health & Rehabilitation team is committed to restoring, maintaining, and improving the health of BC’s public service employees.

We are looking for passionate and creative team players to help us build on our success in providing expert consultation in medical case management, workplace health programs, and safety-related services that protect the safety and health of employees and enhance the public service.

As an Occupational Health Nurse with the BC Public Service Agency, you’ll be a member of our multidisciplinary Occupational Health & Rehabilitation team, comprised of OHNs, OHR physicians, medical case analysts, and the Early Intervention and Return to Work Specialists. Together the OHR team supports the diverse health and wellness needs of public service employees.

In keeping with the BC Public Service Agency (BCPSA) goals and Workplace Health & Safety principles, you will provide case management services and occupational health expertise to identify opportunities for ill or injured employees to achieve early, safe and sustainable returns to work. You will identify treatment and rehabilitative options, working collaboratively with a variety of resources, to support public service managers and employees to manage their health and wellness and thereby improve workplace engagement and productivity.

For more information about working for the BC Public Service, please see What We Offer.


Qualifications for this role include:

  • Registered nurse or nursing degree, and occupational health nursing education; or equivalent combination, from an approved school of nursing
  • Two years’ occupational health nursing experience
  • Two years’ disability case management experience
  • Proficiency in electronic case management systems
  • Specialized training in occupational health preferred
  • Must have or be immediately eligible to obtain registration with the College of Registered Nurses’ of British Columbia (CRNBC)
  • Active membership in an occupational health nurses’ professional practice group and participation in continuing education, related to disability case management, is an asset


For more information on this career opportunity including how to apply online by November 13, 2017, please visit:

University of Alberta – Dean, School of Public Health

Dean, School of Public Health

University of Alberta


Closing Date: Will remain open until filled

Location: 3-300 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, 11405 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9


The University of Alberta invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, School of Public Health. The appointment, for an initial five-year term, beings July 1, 2018.  This is an exceptional opportunity to build upon a strong foundation and to provide leadership to a rapidly growing School positioned to meet demand for relevant research and highly trained leaders in public health.


Located in Edmonton, the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence. Home to more than 39,000 students from 147 countries and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University attracts nearly $480 million in sponsored research funding.


The School of Public Health is committed to advancing health through interdisciplinary inquiry and by working with partners in promoting health and wellness, protecting health, preventing disease and injury, and reducing health inequalities locally, nationally and globally. In 2006, the University of Alberta was the first Canadian institution to establish an accredited, free-standing school of public health. In the short time since its inception, the School has achieved accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health, the first school in Canada to have done so.


Home to 250 graduate students, 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and 114 administrative and research staff, the School is comprised of several research centres and offers  three graduate-level degree programs, including master of public health (MPH), master of science (MSc) and doctor of philosophy (PhD). In addition, the School offers professional development in the form of a Fellowship in Health System Improvement and a Professional Certificate in Public Health.


Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean is responsible for leading all aspects of the School’s operations, including budget and fund development, fostering an environment in which world-leading research and excellence in teaching and engaged scholarship flourish.


The successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate, will be appointed to a continuing position at the rank of full Professor, and have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement as well as progressive and relevant experience providing outstanding senior academic and administrative leadership. As the leader of a diverse, growing School, the Dean must demonstrate a collaborative, strategic, consensus oriented approach and have exceptional people leadership and administrative management skills.



This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to serve in an important leadership role at one of Canada’s top universities.  To learn more, please contact Danielle Conn or Cameron Geldart at 604.926.0005. To apply, please forward a letter of introduction, an up-to-date CV as well as a list of three references, in confidence, to


This position is in accordance with University terms and conditions, and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be competitive with public research-intensive post-secondary institutions. Components of compensation will include base salary, a comprehensive benefits package (which can be viewed at, and additional negotiated benefits applicable to the position.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.


The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. The University welcomes applications from all qualified persons. It encourages women, First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons, members of visible minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas to apply.