Speaker’s Bureau Volunteer

Aurora, Markham

Position Title: Speaker’s Bureau Volunteer

Reports To: Community Connections Peer Support Staff

Location: Alternating between Aurora & Markham offices for meetings and community for presentations

Reviewed/Revised: October 2019



As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.



To assist in the Community Connections Speaker’s Bureau Program



  • Will be given speaking engagements with as much notice as possible with an intake form providing information on the speaking engagement. (With the understanding that there may be times a speaking engagement may come up with little notice.)
  • Speaking engagements will be given to members based on their turn in the rotation, their skill set and their area of expertise.
  • Will have their speech approved by the CMHA staff lead for Speaker’s Bureau.
  • When speaking on behalf of the Speaker’s Bureau, speakers are expected to behave in a respectful manner with host organizations and refrain from racist, discriminatory, sexist, homophobic or derogatory language.
  • Required to share their own experience regarding mental illness and recovery and to refrain from giving any advice outside of their own experience.
  • Are to invite and facilitate a question period for each presentation.
  • Required to submit a completed CMHA Community Presentation Form after each speaking engagement to the staff lead for Speaker’s Bureau
  • Required to give a minimum of 24 hours notice to the staff lead when canceling a presentation.
  • Will seek support and direction as required from the staff lead to ensure that all presentations meet all the expectations of the Speaker’s Bureau.
  • Adhere to CMHA-YR’s written volunteer policies and procedures
  • Inform supervisor of issues that might interfere with volunteer placement or performance of volunteer role
  • Contribute to the development of the agency/program
  • Maintain confidentiality with respect to information about clients, family members, and others



  • Have / had personal lived experience with mental illness and/or substance abuse
  • Good organizational & time management skills
  • Ability to work with limited supervision following orientation
  • Willingness to assist peers & staff of program
  • Respectful, compassionate



  • Completion of general orientation and on-the-job training; to be arranged with Supervisor
  • Attend regularly scheduled monthly meetings
  • Complete a Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Monthly Activity Forms identifying volunteer hours will be completed and submitted to the supervisor for signature at the end of each month
  • A minimum of 6 month commitment


CMHA, York Region Branch supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We encourage consumers, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply. To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, contact us by email at nbrouillard@cmha-yr.on.ca While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.