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Building Healthy Communities Worker

Job Type

1 Full-Time Contract Position

FT/PT Position: 1 Full-Time Contract Position

Location: Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, ON

Reports To: Health Director

Closing Date: open until filled


Summary: The Building Healthy Communities Worker will provide education and services to individuals and families to support, deliver, and manage mental health, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and care resources/programs for the community in accordance with the terms and conditions of applicable contribution agreements.



  • Establish a community-based mental health crisis management program and provide ongoing support.

  • Be an active participant in relevant internal and external committee meetings.

  • Liaise with various external parties and other community-based supports as required.

  • Enhance community management and control and provide the necessary tools to tackle problems of hopelessness and suicide targeting.

  • Address the critical gaps in mental health services and programs and provide crisis intervention, aftercare, and training for caregivers and community members.

  • Provide supports for intervention in crisis situations in order to reduce the number of suicide attempts and other violent crisis situations.

  • Facilitate workshops in collaboration with other community programs related to awareness, prevention, and health promotion.

  • Provide or develop culturally sensitive accredited training for community members and caregivers.

  • Offer traditional healing practices alongside mainstream approaches to assist community members.

  • Provide community members education and awareness of the nature of mental health.

  • Provide assessment, counseling programs, referrals to treatment, aftercare, and rehabilitation.

  • Strengthen link between community-based programs and residential treatment, and provide support to individuals and families in post treatment.

  • Seek to remove barriers for residents by working collaboratively across all disciplines and services.

  • Build relationships with residents to enhance individual and family wellness.

  • Identify gaps in services to identify the needed service improvements or creation within the community.

  • Develop work plans as requested on a monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, and/or annual basis to the Health Director.

  • Develop and submit narrative and/or regular progress reports as requested to the Health Director.

  • Follow and adhere to all relevant policies and procedures.

  • Attend any staff meetings, as well as any required pre-employment training and ongoing training as requested.

  • Other relevant job duties as assigned by the Health Director.



  • Completion of a Grade 12 diploma / G.E.D. or equivalent.

  • Possession of a post-secondary diploma in Social Services or related program an asset.

  • Membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors or College of Social Workers an asset.

  • Demonstrated understanding and experience working with and/or within First Nation communities.

  • A minimum of two (2) years’ work experience delivering programming, counselling, and case management services.

  • Ability to build effective working relationships with families, individuals, and community.

  • Proficiency with computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Must possess strong knowledge of the Anishinaabe culture, traditions, language, and way of life.

  • Must possess working knowledge and understanding of the effects of residential school systems and the multi-generational impacts on First Nations people.

  • Must be able and willing to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

  • Must be self-motivated, reliable, and able to work with minimal supervision.

  • Must be able to work collaboratively in a team setting.

  • Ability to meet strict deadlines and perform under pressure.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Ability to provide a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check.

  • Possess a valid G class driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle.

  • Must be willing to submit to workplace drug testing.

  • Must be willing and able to adhere to strict confidentiality and code of ethics.



Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References (with permission to contact) to:


Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation Band Office

Attention: Human Resources

RR#1, Site 115, Box 300

Dryden, ON P8N 2Y4

T: (807) 938-6684     F: (807) 938-1166




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