Program Volunteer – Vaughan Social Circle


Position Title: Program Volunteer – Vaughan Social Circle

Reports To: Community Connections Staff

Location: Vaughan – Mens Sana (3200 Steeles Ave. West)

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 Vaughan Social Circle Program



This group meets every Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm in Vaughan at the Mens Sana program. The social circle is run by 2 Occupational Therapists and is a joint program of Community Connections and the Southwest ACTT team. The program supports members to develop recovery-oriented skills including cooking, relaxation, creative expression, self-care, recreation as well as promoting social engagement.



  • To adhere to CMHA’s written volunteer policies and procedures
  • Maintains confidentiality with respect to information about clients, family members and others
  • Greet members as they arrive, make sure that they sign in
  • Keep members aware of program changes
  • Make people feel welcome and comfortable
  • Assist program staff with activities and programming
  • Provide orientation to new members
  • Assist staff with developing, supporting, and/or delivering activities as per unique skills and experience
  • Contribute to the development of the agency/program
  • Bring questions to staff as they arise
  • Responsibility for informing supervisor when supplies are needed
  • Be aware of health and safety procedures
  • Inform supervisor immediately of concerns regarding the welfare of clients
  • Inform supervisor of issues that might interfere with the running of the program
  • Inform supervisor of issues that might interfere with volunteer placement or performance of volunteer role



  • Good organizational & time management skills
  • Ability to work with limited supervision following orientation
  • Willingness to assist clients & staff of program
  • Works well with others and enjoys helping when needed
  • Easily adapts to changing environments
  • Respectful, compassionate
  • Knowledgeable and resourceful
  • Some experience leading a group an asset
  • Skills in cooking are an asset



  • Completion of general orientation and on-the-job training; to be arranged with Supervisor
  • Commit to attending group weekly on Wednesdays between 12:45pm-3:15pm
  • Attend program’s team meeting as needed
  • Attend volunteer schedule as agreed with program manager
  • 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 While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.