Peer Support Worker | Mental Health Substance Use (MHSU)

Position Summary

We have an exciting project full time opportunity for a Peer Support Worker to join the MHSU Youth Intensive Case Management team at the Community Health & Services Centre in Kelowna, B.C. This project position is until June 30, 2023.

Interior Health and our partner agencies provide a range of mental health and substance use services for all ages. We strive to ensure that our services are welcoming of all peoples, gender identities, cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds.

What will you work on?

This is a cultural peer position attached to the youth Intensive case management team. This position incorporates traditional ways of being and knowing as well as Aboriginal principles of learning when planning and facilitating individual and group sessions. Coordinates access to traditional teachings, healing practices, and ceremonies when requested by client, and in collaboration with Elders, Knowledge Keepers and/or community leaders. Engages clients in these activities in a safe and supportive manner.

The Peer Support Worker (PSW) shares their own lived experience of substance use, mental health and their knowledge of accessing healthcare, services and supports to assist MHSU clients in their identified goals. The PSW identifies themselves as a Peer and collaborates with the client and the MHSU team to meet individual needs and situational requirements by providing information from a lived experience perspective in order to assist clients in obtaining service from other MHSU team staff, external service providers and community resources more effectively. The PSW provides a variety of supports to assist clients living with substance use/mental illness such as emotional and social supports, life skills assistance, information, resources, and demonstrations.

The PSW works in collaboration with the MHSU team so that the client’s self-identified goals for recovery and community integration are supported by appropriate services and practices, are consistent with the values of self-determination /choice and harm reduction. Services are provided in a variety of environments dependent on the needs of the client.

Shift types are from 08:30 to 16:30 hours.

How will you create an impact?

Joining our IH team will allow you to challenge yourself professionally while enjoying all the personal pursuits available to you within this fantastic community.

Reasons to Apply at Interior Health... What we can do for you

We offer an exceptional employer-paid benefits package and generous vacation entitlement after your first year of employment.

We offer a work environment conducive to growth and development of strong clinical skills. The opportunity to have a balanced lifestyle that allows you to maintain the quality of life you desire.

If this opportunity is aligned with your experience, training and passion for mental health, apply today!


Education, Training and Experience:

• Two years of lived experience in recovery from substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental illness.
• Certificate in a Social Services program and successful completion of a recognized Peer Support Training program plus two (2) years recent related experience in a peer support role or an equivalent combination of education, training, peer support and employment experience
• Appropriate valid BC driver’s license.

**Please upload required copies of certificates and valid DL along with your application.

Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to engage clients.
• Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients and their families.
• Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
• Working knowledge of community, social, & health programs and resources
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and meet deadlines.
• Ability to analyze and problem solve.
• Ability to model, instruct and teach life skills.
• Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
• Ability to use effective interpersonal skills to establish/maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, the public and other agencies.
• Ability to promote positive change and independence.
• Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills.
• Advocacy skills
• Physical and mental ability to carry out the duties of the position.
• Ability to operate related equipment including proficiency in relevant computer applications.


This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

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