Peer Group Facilitator and
Family Group Facilitator Opportunity:
Facilitators of our Peer Support Groups and Family Support Groups are an integral part of OSI-CAN's existence as it is how we began to reach out to our community of Veterans and First Responders, Medical Professionals, and Public Safety Personnel and their families.
OSI-CAN is recruiting members of the first responder, military, frontline healthcare, and public safety personnel with lived experience to lead community-based support groups for fellow peers-- those living with an OSI or PTSD. Support from those that know what you are going through has been cited by many participants as an integral part of their recovery and is not intended to replace other methods of recovery. One thing that has rung true for so many is:
"Your story may become a part of someone else's survival guide."
OSI-CAN is also recruiting the "caregivers" of those that have supported a person with an OSI or PTSD. We know from our own personal experience that with a good support structure those with psychological injuries can recover, however we also need to recognize that the person or people providing the care also need support. As they say it takes a village...not just to raise a child but also to rally around people in times of struggle. And who best to provide the hope that is needed than those that have been the person struggling?
If you are interested in leading one of our support groups, there are opportunities in person for Winnipeg, Selkirk, and Brandon. The family/caregiver support is through Zoom so would just require the facilitator to have a computer.
For more information, contact:
Sheryl at 204-982-6100 or
email at firstname.lastname@example.org
OSI-CAN Target Demographic
The target demographic of OSI-CAN are (but are not limited to): former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Frontline Protectors --- which include Municipal Police Services, CN Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Wildland Firefighters, Hospital Trauma personnel, Nurses, Healthcare Workers, Social Workers, Animal Control Officers, Coroners, Indigenous Emergency Management, Victim Services Personnel, Emergency Communications Specialist, Corrections Officers, “Volunteer” First Responders, Conservation Officers, Aboriginal Emergency Services personnel, Tow Truck drivers who clean up accident scenes and their spouses/partners. This demographic was chosen due to the commonality of experiences they share through the service they provide to the country and community.
We have a special interest and support volunteer first responders as they are not eligible for programs such as Workers' Compensation.
Our mission is to inspire hope and contribute to the continuous well-being and recovery process of Veterans and Front Line Protectors across Canada.
We seek to empower and encourage them to strive for recovery through peer and professional support while creating greater public awareness.
We at OSI-CAN do not see PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Disorder, we see it as an Injury you can recover from. If you are suffering from the symptoms of an Occupational or Operational Stress Injury, then a PTSD or PTSI diagnosis is not required to get our help