- ACTIVITY + RECREATION
- JOIN OUR COMMUNITY
Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) is a community hub that has been at the heart of Parkdale for over 35 years. The idea of PARC was born in 1977, when a group of volunteers recognized the large number of impoverished and socially isolated adults living in Parkdale’s rooming houses and boarding homes. Many were survivors of the psychiatric system; who had little money, few family contacts, and no meaningful place to go. When PARC first opened its doors on March 17, 1980, it opened as a place where psychiatric survivors could socialize and connect with peers—it was a place to get a meal and pass the hours of the day with friends. More than anything, it was a sanctuary and the start of something new. Today PARC is a community hub where people rebuild their lives and help build community. Within a shifting urban landscape, PARC also acts as a meeting place for various agencies, enterprises and partners who strive to create lasting social change in Parkdale and beyond. We serve those who have mental health issues, use substances, and/or have experienced isolation, poverty, housing issues, and marginalization. There are approximately 40 union members; 7 management staff; and 39 non-union employees in various roles throughout the organization (administration; contract; social enterprise; maintenance, etc).
An identified need to support PARC’s current, new and emerging staff is to invest in professional development opportunities. Professional development is any activity that improves or enhances the skills, talents, and capacity of individuals who work in the nonprofit sector. We know that strengthening individuals within an organization will strengthen the overall health of an organization. We also know that quality professional development costs money, and it is often unfortunately one of the first budget lines to get cut if operating expenses are high.
There is an ongoing need to ensure that PARC has a team of knowledgeable staff leading the organization’s provision of services for the community members. A capacity-building coaching program for PARC’s leaders will use a strength-based/co-design approach and will provide them with an opportunity to refine existing skills or gain new skills required to develop and lead a successful, effective, healthy, positive organization.
PARC is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposal to provide leadership coaching program. This RFP outlines the information necessary to understand the selection process and the required documentation for submitting proposals.
The successful bidder will obtain input from the senior management team and the Board of Directors in order to identify the priority topics for the training session based on PARC’s needs. The following are examples of possible topics:
The evaluation of each response to this RFP will be based on the requirements set out in this solicitation. At the sole discretion of PARC, the top proposals may be selected for follow-up questions or to provide an oral presentation.
In evaluating the proposals, PARC will seek the best value for money rather than the lowest priced proposal. PARC will use a two-stage selection procedure:
The Company shall disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest in the Intent to Participate letter.
Expression of Interest, and any inquiries, to be submitted by August 18th, 2017 to : Tracy Cockswith the subject line “Coaching Program RFP – Expression of Interest”.
These positions will relate directly to students studying special event management, fundraising, marketing and/or volunteer management. This position is for full-time students returning to school in the fall and is funded by a contribution from Canada Summer Jobs program .
These positions provide support to PARC’s Resource Development Department. Both positions require a high degree of detail orientation, some problem solving and exceptional communication and administrative organizational skills. The positions report to Resource Development Director.
PARC is a community agency serving socially isolated individuals; individuals who do not usually participate in events promoted for the general public, in community and/or civic engagement activities or outreach strategies. Our special events aim to bridge the gap between PARC members and the broader south Parkdale Community.
You will receive a detailed orientation to workplace health and safety including all office equipment and its safe use. You will be introduced to neighbourhood emergency services, demographics and service context. You will receive training in WHMIS, AODA and risk assessment.
Required Skills & Abilities:
Please forward your resume/cover letter in Word format:
By: May 5, 2017
Re: Canada Summer Jobs Students
We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates with lived experience of poverty or contact with the psychiatric system and candidates from other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.PARC Summer Students Posting April 2017 (pdf) for print
Sistering is a dynamic women’s organization that offers practical and emotional support through programs which enable participants to take greater control over their lives. Sistering works to change social conditions which endanger women’s welfare.
Sistering began operating a 24/7 drop-in over a year ago. The 24/7 drop-in is an extension of our existing drop-in services and is a low barrier and welcoming space for women to come and meet service providers, Peer Workers and other women with shared lived experience. Sistering’s philosophy is trauma informed and based on principles of harm reduction and inclusiveness. The drop-in services provided will address the basic need for food and sleep;personal needs for shower and laundry; social and recreational activities; health needs such as primary care, addictions support and counselling as well as support with housing, income and safety.Position Summary:
The Drop In Peer Worker provides peer support services to women of Sistering. The Drop In Peer Worker performs a wide range of tasks to assist women,including playing a supportive role, providing information, playing games with the women, and participating in evening programming with them. Sistering works from a harm reduction perspective and the Drop In Peer Worker should focus on developing trusting relationships to support women’s decisions.
The Drop In Peer Worker has an interest in their peers and the ability to see each woman as a unique individual; a willingness to share their own experience while recognizing that each person’s recovery is unique, an ability to engage people based on their level of receptivity and individual needs; and the ability to role model competency in addressing their own personal issues and ongoing coping skills. The Drop In Peer Worker is part of building a safe and trusting Drop In environment but is not responsible for crisis de-escalation, but is to seek staff support.
Working in our 24/7 Drop In for Women, there may be the risk of exposure to potentially unpredictable behaviours and situations. The 24/7 Drop-In is a pet friendly facility and employees will be expected to be in the proximity of animals.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code.
Sistering is also committed to developing inclusive and accessible hiring practices and work environments. If contacted regarding Peer opportunity, please advise our Interview Committee of the accommodation measures needed to enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Any information provided relating to accommodation measures will be addressed in confidence.
We invite you to apply by sending a cover letter and resumé, handwritten is acceptable.
You can learn how to write a cover letter and resumé at Employment Group, Wednesdays at 12:15 pm.
Apply by email, or regular mail to
Attention: Hiring Committee Sistering
962 Bloor Street West,
Toronto, ON M6H1L6