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Peer Facilitator Training

The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce our upcoming Peer Facilitator Training Workshops:

Nov. 1-3: Ontario Training Workshop (Greater Toronto Area)

Nov. 29 to Dec. 1: British Columbia & Yukon Training Workshop (Vancouver)

Through this community-capacity building program, the Canadian Cancer Society provides training to people with a lived experience of cancer to start and sustain cancer peer support groups. Once the workshop is completed, facilitators are encouraged to return to their communities and apply what they have learned.

The Canadian Cancer Society does not have oversight of the groups, the content at the meetings, or the experience of groups members.

Trained facilitators can engage through the online Community of Practice with a network of their peers, as well as our staff for ongoing support.

  • Workshop content
    • Guidelines for delivering peer support
    • Communication and facilitation skills
    • Self-care and boundaries
    • Strategies to deal with common challenges
    • Outreach ideas and promotional tools
    • Cancer information and resources
    • Dedicated time to apply workshop learning and practice facilitation skills

    Canadian Cancer Society recognizes, welcomes, and values diversity and inclusion. The Peer Support team and peer trainers are committed to providing an environment that fosters respect and support for all attendees.

  • Eligibility criteria

    Approval for participation in this training will be on a case by case basis. All applicants will be contacted by staff to review their application. Canadian Cancer Society welcomes applications from participants who are currently active, and those interested in becoming active in community-based peer support groups. Given the nature of the role, we do require that individuals be a minimum of one-year past completion of treatment.

  • Workshop travel expenses

    All eligible participant expenses for the workshop including travel, accommodations and meals are provided thanks to the generosity of our donors. To be eligible for expense reimbursement, participants are required to complete the full 2.5-day workshop.

    Travel subsidies are available for expenses such as car rental, mileage or air travel. All eligible travel arrangements and subsequent expenses must be pre-approved by the CCS workshop organizers and must coincide with workshop times and the lowest available fares. Attendees who are planning to arrive earlier or depart later than the actual workshop dates are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Approved reimbursement for the workshop portion travel and accommodations will be based on the above criteria.

“This has been an amazing experience. I feel honored to have been a part of this, with such inspirational people. Thank you for this opportunity.”

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