Welcome! Thanks for coming to learn about the Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe team.
We are team committed to our vision of mentally healthy people in a healthy society. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.
Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. We hold ourselves accountable and we celebrate our wins. Because we risk, we learn and we take the opportunity and time to constantly improve our skills, the way we function as a team and ultimately deliver services.
We are a team committed to mental health for all. Join us and be part of providing great care in great communities!
Chief Executive Officer
Employer of ChoiceI have an image of myself that I will carry for the rest of my life. It’s not what happened but how I felt. I’m standing alone in a dark empty hospital parking lot, slowly turning in circles looking up at the sky and all around for help. My life has just been turned upside down, and nothing makes sense. I know I need help, but I don’t know where or how to get it. I have no idea where to turn; even my supportive family and friends don't know how to support me with this experience. Thankfully, I was able to find help and support from CMHA York Region and South Simcoe for myself and my family, in fact, numerous times over the years. Then a significant shift happened on January 29, 2013: my first day of work at CMHA as a Peer Supporter. Thirty years after graduating high school, I was inspired by CMHA staff to return to school to work in the mental health field. Volunteering and student placement with CMHA provided work experience prior to my employment. During my first days working at CMHA, I noticed that along with the significant orientation and training that was provided, staff from all of the programs were welcoming and offered lots of support. There is a rich, supportive work environment here with a strong emphasis on client and worker safety. At CMHA, there are opportunities for advancement and channels for our passions including helping to make positive changes in our community. I was hired as a peer supporter in the Homes Plus Care Program and am now working as a Case Manager in the Housing First Program. Peer support at CMHA is recognized as a unique distinction and my personal observation is that CMHA wants to be a strong, supportive employer in this growing field. My lived experience with mental health issues is valued and respected. In my role at CMHA, I am responsible for managing my own time. I am treated as a mature professional. There are clear expectations given to me for staff and team meetings that I am responsible to attend. I am comfortable receiving personal and professional support and mentorship from many of the committed team members and coworkers in our organization. I am proud to work at CMHA and am passionate about and proud of the work we do in the community. I have the opportunity to collaborate with many community partners and be involved with the community that I live and work in. I highly recommend CMHA as an employer of choice. I know first-hand that we make a positive difference in people’s lives.
The road goes ever onWhen I first read about the position of Mental Health Educator on Charity Village, it piqued my interest. However, I was not sure what to expect as I had never heard of such a position before. “Youth Wellness? A Mental Health Educator?? TEACH STUDENTS??!!” In retrospect, this was the biggest career opportunity to seize, and I am very thankful that I did. Beyond finding happiness and fulfillment in my responsibilities as a youth educator and counsellor, CMHA York Region has provided me with training that has helped me to stay current with industry standards. Management has always encouraged me to increase my education in the field and to think also about how I could enhance my skill sets in order to explore the different positions and programs within the agency. Aside from professional development, the managers who have mentored me and my fellow colleagues have all been down-to-earth and understanding individuals. This has been the easiest workplace for me to smile, wave and converse with my colleagues. In my role of being a Mental Health Educator, I have had the great fortune of travelling far and wide across both York and South Simcoe regions to serve various communities. (Travel is something almost everyone in the agency participates in.) I have the freedom of being independent in the community while knowing I have the knowledge, experience and support to work with the many community partners, clients and families in the regions. Whenever I have felt challenged by a concern or situation, I have never felt alone. I am supported by the diverse team members who all bring together their unique specialization. Although I am on the road a lot, I am fully provided with the technology tools necessary to keep me in contact with my team and the different programs. Everyone will have a different take on their experience when working for an organization. My unique journey at CMHA is special and made up of the small and big adventures of being on the road and meeting new people all the time. I have always believed that there is a wealth of gold in any job you take. You may have to think of it in a metaphorical or abstract way, but it exists nonetheless. I still believe that there is a lot for me to learn in the Youth Wellness program and that I have a lot to give in return. It’s a relationship that started three years ago, and it still manages to surprise me time and again. As with most relationships, that is what keeps it fresh and exciting.
Thank you for your interest in doing a student placement at CMHA York and South Simcoe. We are committed to providing educational opportunities that support the development of future professionals who work in the Mental Health care field. We are proud to be affiliated with colleges and universities from across the country.
We are committed to nurturing the future of tomorrow – our students. As teachers and mentors, we value the opportunity to support students in their career development by providing an interprofessional environment to help learners gain the knowledge, skill and attitudes to advance learning in professional and interprofessional care. In order to help you select the program or service you may be interested in, we encourage you to learn about our different programs and services in the Programs section of our website. Our programs offer placement opportunities for individuals enrolled in social services, nursing, social work, and occupational therapy programs.
To apply for a student placement at CMHA York and South Simcoe, please scroll below to Current Openings. You will be able to upload a copy of your resume along with the application. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email to let you know that it has been received.
We require approximately three months to arrange a placement, which allows us time to match your educational interests with the needs of our programs. If you are selected for an interview for a possible placement, you will receive an email to indicate who you will be meeting, and the program that you will be interviewed for. If you are selected to do a placement in one of our programs, we will require a Criminal Reference Check.
Please be advised that, due to the large number of students who apply for placements, we are unable to place everyone, but we greatly appreciate your interest in CMHA York and South Simcoe.
The application deadline for placements:
Beginning Fall 2016 – May 31, 2016
Beginning Winter 2017 – October, 15, 2016