Workshop Leaders are dedicated community volunteers who empower participants to better manage their chronic conditions and to live a healthy life. Leaders typically have first-hand experience with a chronic condition themselves. They apply and model self-management skills in their own lives.
Leaders may be lay people or health care professionals. Regardless, they act as peers when leading the workshop, not as health experts. Two Peer Leaders always work together to deliver the workshops.
Leaders are individuals interested in teaching and empowering others to better manage their chronic conditions and to live a healthy life. As a leader, you will have the satisfying task of integrating the contents of the program and learning group facilitation skills that can be transferred to other areas of your life. Most importantly, you will watch people affected by chronic conditions successfully manage their health conditions by using the skills and tools that you have shared with them.
Peer Leader Training is available for persons affected by chronic conditions including patients, family members, caregivers, and educators. Thousands of patients and caregivers have been trained to lead Self-Management Workshops in over 25 countries in all kinds of communities.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A LEADER
- Responsible, respected and trustworthy
- Able to problem solve
- Open to new ideas
- Able to maintain confidentiality
- Committed to the philosophy of the program, its objectives and goals
- Able to communicate on sensitive issues; is discreet and tolerant
- Able to facilitate a group discussion
- Committed towards helping others
- Enjoys meeting new people
- Willing to listen, learn new skills, and become a healthy role model
We hope you will consider becoming a volunteer group leader for this worthwhile program. You will have fun, meet new friends and help others to positively self manage their chronic conditions.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in finding out more about how to get involved, see below.
Let us know you are interested by calling the toll-free number at 1-877-240-3941, or by contacting Rachel Davidson, Regional Coordinator at 613-562-6262 ext. 1664, or via email at RDavidson@bruyere.org.