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Helping people make connections is our passion. People who have strong connections to others have improved health, and communities where people are connected are healthier places to live. We provide training, information and resources for strengthening peer support groups and peer-led initiatives throughout British Columbia. We work with many diverse groups and communities including First Nations, rural, urban, multicultural, youth and online. PeerNetBC is a non-profit, registered charitable organization.

PeerNetBC has a wealth of resources to share with individual people, peer support groups and peer-led initiatives. One of the main ways we help people to connect is through our workshops. We provide open registration workshops that are available directly to the public and customized workshops created to meet the needs of specific groups and agencies across the province.

PeerNetBC workshops are designed to be accessible and useful for people at differing levels of skill and experience. We offer a range of courses every spring and fall with the aim to address a variety of learning needs. Be sure to check out our upcoming workshops.

For community groups or agencies interested in PeerNetBC’s customized workshops, check out our list of potential workshop topics.

For people looking for information and resources for their peer support group or peer-led initiative, please explore the Resources, Areas and Stages sections of our website.

For people seeking further information and advice regarding peer support or peer-led initiatives, please contact us directly.

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Join the PeerNetBC Team

PeerNetBC is very excited to be hiring for 2 positions, a Community Developer and the Co-Executive Director/Community Developer joint position.

Both positions have a closing date of February 4th 2017 at 11:59 pm. Please note different email contacts for each position.

For more details, please see individualized job postings linked here for Co-Executive Director/Community Developer and Community Developer

Position 1 – Co-Executive Director/Community Developer

PeerNetBC is looking for a Co-Executive Director & Community Developer. This exciting role splits its time between Co-Executive and Community Developer.

Start date: March 1 2018.

Closing date: Feb 4, 2018 11:59pm

Starting salary is $52,000, 3 weeks vacation to start; wage will be split between Co-Executive Director salary and Community Developer salary. This is a 35hrs/week exempt Management position. It is expected the Co-Executive Director will work the hours required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Workweek may include evenings and weekends. A valid driver’s license is an asset. Benefits package to start after 6-month probation period.

The PeerNetBC board of directors decided to implement a co-leadership model at the executive director level. The reasons behind this adaptation were:

  • To model power sharing and engage in dialogue and practice of challenging hierarchical notions of leadership
  • To provide an opportunity for executive leadership to share in the knowledge and experience of direct service delivery within community development providing firsthand understanding of meeting community needs
  • To allow for the organization to be represented at various events at once
  • To allow for room, movement and intentionality for mentorship

A co-leadership model best reflects the core values of PeerNetBC and enables the organization to understand the needs of community and how to meet them. With two executive directors to tackle administration and fiduciary management as well as strong capacity to provide direct service community development, it allows PeerNetBC to double scope and outreach. The co-leadership model increases accountability and makes PeerNetBC better equipped to serve our members, community and partners.

The Executive Director position supports and implements PeerNetBC’s mandate of envisioning communities where people are connected. This role provides leadership, mentorship and models a collaborative approach to all aspects of the organization. All team members support the operations of PeerNetBC, however, the Executive Director is the lead staff person for (in partnership with the Board of Directors) administration, project management, funding, governance, and external relations.

The Community Developer supports and connects people from diverse communities through peer support, social and economic justice initiatives and through skills-based training.

Co-Executive Director core accountability

Budget Management, Financial Planning, Financial Oversight, Operational/HR, Project Management, Funding, External Relations, and Governance


The Executive Director role is the leadership position at PeerNetBC, and is responsible for the quality assurance, governance, administrative, and the human resources components of the organization. This role directly supports the staff team, allowing all individuals to gain the support, mentorship and guidance that they require to competently carry out their roles and to work together as a team. The Executive Director is connects the Board of Directors and the staff team, and represents the organization in the eyes of the general public.  This role is multifaceted, as the Executive Director also engages in direct service work.

Community Developer core accountability

Design and deliver workshops, Work Collaboratively and Independently, Project and Program Delivery, Networking, Data Collection and Reporting, Recruit, Coach, Mentor and Coordinate Facilitators, Develop and Maintain an Engagement Strategy


Community Developer role plays a very important part in building and connecting community engagement and social justice, facilitation, workshop design & delivery in a variety of settings, and with Lower Mainland service. In addition to building potential partnerships and relationships for future service delivery. This role is visible to the public, and builds on and extends the credibility of the organization through its good work. The complexity exists in (a) supporting the facilitation services and programming, (b) finding and building relationships with community services and funding bodies, (c) assisting with PeerNetBC fund development initiatives on behalf of the organization, (d) managing time pressures with respect to balancing workshop requests (sometimes with quick turnarounds), curriculum design, and workshop delivery dates, and (e) delivering workshops to diverse groups with diverse needs in settings throughout BC. Community Developer will work within a strong value-based culture, which embraces and embodies a collaborative approach to working together. Our organization has a busy and varied work environment that requires a strong work ethic.

Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated leadership and mentorship on an individual level, staff team level and community level
  • Demonstrated capacity and extensive work/volunteer experience in anti-discrimination and community development initiatives
  • Understanding of the philosophy of anti-oppression work, peer support principles, and community collaboration
  • Highly collaborative and comfortable working within a non-hierarchical structure
  • Strong operational –leadership competencies
  • Financial skills – creating budgets and financial reporting
  • Understanding of legal and regulatory requirements with respect to operating a non-profit and charitable entity
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to lead by example
  • Capable of adapting and leading in a changing environment – i.e. funding and community needs
  • Demonstrated capacity and work/volunteer experience in working through conflict
  • Ability to develop, facilitate, and adapt workshops in a variety of settings and topics
  • Knowledge and experience in the non-profit sector
  • Partnership nurturing and building with key funders, such as the City of Vancouver
  • Creative and innovative approach
  • Working independently and as part of a team
  • Project management/data collection/report and grant writing experience

Working Conditions

PeerNetBC is a strong, value-based culture, which embraces and embodies a collective approach to working together.  PeerNetBC is a busy work environment that challenges a strong work ethic. This role requires flexibility regarding work hours; there do exist work demands during evenings, weekends, and some demands of accessibility by various forms of communication (phone/e-mail). Some provincial travel may be involved in this position but most of the travel is within the Lower Mainland.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume in one document to by Sunday Feb 4, 2018. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Position 2 – Community Developer

We are in search for someone who is committed to peer support, social and economic justice, and community engagement.

PeerNetBC provides training, resources and support to peer support groups and peer-led initiatives across BC, fostering opportunities for people to learn from each other and make connections. For more information about our organization visit

Working with our team, the Community Developer will:

  • Design and deliver workshops for a variety of diverse communities (topics include: facilitation, peer support, anti-oppression/anti-discrimination, conflict & communication, inclusive leadership, and more)
  • Work independently and collaboratively with PeerNetBC team members to develop and deliver community specific projects & programs
  • Network with and support community serving agencies and grassroots groups in BC
  • Support PeerNetBC projects & programs with data collection, reporting and grant writing
  • Recruit, coach, mentor and coordinate facilitators who deliver PeerNetBC workshops throughout BC
  • Develop and maintain a community engagement strategy within and outside of PeerNetBC

Ideally, you have experience in community engagement and social justice work, facilitation, workshop design & delivery in a variety of settings, and with Lower Mainland youth and community services. You have also demonstrated through your work and volunteering a commitment to peer support principles and to social change through collaborative action, with an anti-oppression focus. Life experience, desire and interest are all assets! An ability to share your skills is a must!

You will work within a strong value-based culture which embraces and embodies a collaborative approach to working together. Our organization has a busy and varied work environment that requires a strong work ethic.

PeerNetBC values inclusive, accessible, and collaborative processes. We serve diverse communities which include youth and we need a staff group that is reflective of the people we work with. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, with differing abilities are encouraged to apply.

The starting salary is $43,000 annually plus benefits after 6 month probation.

This position is full-time (35 hours/week) beginning March 1st, 2018 (flexible) until March 31st, 2019. Hours vary and may include evenings and weekends. Depending on funding, this position may be renewed as full-time or part-time.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume in one document to by Sunday Feb 4, 2018. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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