Support Group Facilitator
Volunteer Types: Companionship/Visiting, Counselling, Mediation and Facilitation, Mentoring
Organization types: Health and Diseases
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: November 30, 2022
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The Opportunity

The Support Group Facilitator plays a critical role in the delivery of support services at community level.  Once a month, they create a confidential and welcoming  in-person or virtual space, where people living with Parkinson’s and/or their care partners can share their experiences and develop supportive relationships in a group setting.  The time commitment for this opportunity is 3 – 5 hours per month.   We are looking to fill two in person vacancies one in Orleans and one in Kanata.

Your Contribution

As a Support Group Facilitator, you bring a keen desire to make a difference in the lives of people affected by Parkinson’s.  Your empathetic approach, enthusiasm for learning, and ability to facilitate discussion about issues related to Parkinson’s are key factors in ensuring that monthly support groups are safe spaces. 
What is Needed to Succeed in this Role
• Compassion and a non-judgmental approach to supporting people 
• Strong communication skills including active listening 
• Ability to facilitate discussions that put the voices of those living with and affected by Parkinson’s at
the center 
• Commitment to model inclusion and respect for diversity 
• Love of learning 
• Background in nursing, social work, or related field is an asset 
• Enthusiasm to work closely with Parkinson Canada staff 
• Ability to carry out administrative tasks and provide promotional support 
• Level of comfort or willingness to become familiar with virtual meeting technology 
• If support groups return to in-person activities, willingness to take on the logistical aspects of
monthly group meetings 


One support group meeting per month (1-1.5 hours per month), plus 3-5 hours monthly for administrative and organizational tasks. Stability is essential for Support Groups so a commitment of at least one year is appreciated. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should complete a Volunteer Profile, available at:
Support Group Facilitator – Parkinson Canada

Resumes are strongly encouraged.

Parkinson Canada is committed to inclusion, fairness, respect, human dignity, and equity. We provide accessible employment and volunteer engagement practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Applications from persons with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. For questions or accommodation requests, please contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager, Graham Marshall-Coultas at 1-800-565-3000, ext. 3319 or [email protected].

Please note that the selected candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.

Parkinson Canada
316 – 4211 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M2P 2A9
416-227-9700 – 1-800-565-3000

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Benefits for Support Group Facilitators As a volunteer Support Group Facilitator, you will learn more about Parkinson’s and make a genuine impact in the lives of people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners.  You will meet wonderful new people and gain experience in the facilitation of groups, while contributing to the critical work of Parkinson Canada.  References are available. 
How will the organization benefit?
Parkinson Canada is the definitive voice for the Parkinson’s community in Canada. Our purpose is to transform the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. We do this through research leading to better treatments and the end of Parkinson’s, advocacy bringing the voices of Parkinson’s to the forefront and support that helps people live well with Parkinson’s through education and services. A national registered charity, Parkinson Canada operates through the generosity of donors and is an accredited organization under the Imagine Canada Standards Program. We will benefit because Support Group Facilitators will bring us closer to our Mission, by helping those living with Parkinson's live better now.
Volunteer location:
4211 Yonge St.


Jerlynn Rycroft
@Parkinson Canada
Time it will take to contact applicants:


This position would be great for: Adults, Person with a disability or medical condition, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 10
Good for people interested in: Companionship/Visiting, Counselling, Mediation and Facilitation, Mentoring
You will be helping with: LGBTQI2+, Men, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Women

Volunteer Considerations

  • Police record check required
  • Vulnerable sector check required
  • This position can accommodate persons with a disability
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