Activities involved
Peer Support
Requirements:
  • Interview
  • Police Check
  • Vulnerable Sector Search
Also required for this position: This is a peer role. Lived experience with pregnancy & infant loss or infertility is required. APPLICATION PROCESS 1. Submit application 2. If invited, participate in a screening interview 3. If approved: - Complete Police Information Check with vulnerable sector check (free for approved volunteers) - Sign agreements forms - Participate in self-directed agency orientation and training - Participate in role-specific training, activities, supervision, and evaluations
  • Work remotely
  • Flexible in schedule

Peer Group Facilitator - Childless Not By Choice

Ongoing
Join us in creating a compassionate and supportive community for those navigating the complexities of pregnancy and infant loss.

LAND HONOURING
We acknowledge that we live, work, and parent within Kanata (Canada). We recognize the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people of Canada, the impacts of colonization, and the lives, ceremonies, languages, and teachings lost. We work in the spirit of healing and reconciliation to honor those we have lost, those with us, and those yet to come.  We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgment as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.

OVERVIEW OF PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS SUPPORT CENTRE
The Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre is a registered charity based in Calgary, Alberta serving the loss community worldwide.

Our mission is to support and connect individuals of all identities, backgrounds or circumstances, who have experienced the trauma around miscarriage, stillbirth, termination for medical reasons (TFMR), neonatal loss, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or infertility.

We acknowledge that the journey through loss towards healing is as complex as it is individual. As such, we offer no-cost pathways to healing including a helpline, peer support, and professional coaching/counselling.

For more information, please visit our website at https://pilsc.org/. 

AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER ROLES: 
Childless Not By Choice Support Group Facilitators 
- Monthly Group (2 positions are available)

Volunteer group facilitators lead PILSC groups online, in-person, and/or as a hybrid of online and in-person. Volunteers also represent PILSC at community activities and events.

PILSC’s peer support groups are led by people who have experienced pregnancy and/or infant loss and support people in every stage of their loss journey. Groups are free to attend, affirming, trauma-informed, and designed for people to participate in ways that resonate the most for them. 

PILSC recognizes that being childless not by choice is a unique journey. Childless not by choice is a casual peer support drop-in group for individuals, partners and couples currently without living children, including those trying to conceive (naturally or through assisted fertility) as well as those who are coming to terms with not trying again. This group provides a place to connect, validate our experience and hold space to process your emotions as you navigate your journey. 

The monthly peer support group is co-facilitated by people with lived experience and offered in a casual manner.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES: 
- Believe in and honour PILSC’s mission, vision, and values
- Adhere to PILSC’s policies, procedures, and practices 
- Create an intentional and inclusive space for group members 
- Engage group members weekly online 
- Ensure replacement facilitator when needed
- Facilitate a peer support group
- Manage group members, time, and topics 
- Organize the structure and timeline of the group 
- Promote and market groups online and in the community 
- Promote connection through conversation and activity 
- Provide feedback and integrate feedback given 

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:
- Access to a personal device and a secure internet connection (requirement)
- Personal experience of pregnancy/infant loss (required)
- Communicate fluently in English and/or French
- Confidence in engaging in activated conversations
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Give, receive, and implement feedback
- Problem-solving skills
- Naturally empathetic and compassionate
- Comfortable supporting individuals from all cultures and backgrounds
- Non-Judgmental

PILSC strives to train volunteer facilitators to feel informed, supported, and grounded in this work so that they are able to hold space for the deep work of supporting grief and loss within the peer-support model of group work. 

COMMITMENT:

- One-year commitment
- Monthly volunteer meetings/check-ins (2 hours, evening)  
- Group sessions (2 hours, evening, weekly or monthly) 
- Yearly check-in and performance review
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
- Access to all our programs and services
- Comprehensive training 
- Contributing to the healing journeys of others can be personally fulfilling and enriching.
- You will enhance your active listening, empathy, and communication skills while building connections with diverse individuals.
- Join a community of supportive mentors and staff at PILSC, fostering meaningful connections and a shared commitment to healing.
Activities involved
Peer Support
Requirements:
  • Interview
  • Police Check
  • Vulnerable Sector Search
Also required for this position: This is a peer role. Lived experience with pregnancy & infant loss or infertility is required. APPLICATION PROCESS 1. Submit application 2. If invited, participate in a screening interview 3. If approved: - Complete Police Information Check with vulnerable sector check (free for approved volunteers) - Sign agreements forms - Participate in self-directed agency orientation and training - Participate in role-specific training, activities, supervision, and evaluations
  • Remote or online
  • Flexible in schedule