Job Posting – Casual/relief Peer Support Worker – Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is seeking

Casual/relief Peer Support Worker(s)

Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is a drop-in Centre and emergency night shelter offering a wide variety of services to a diverse community of women and children living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

The Peer Support Worker is responsible to promote principles of peer support when supporting women to secure practical needs and manage crisis in the Drop-in Centre and/or Emergency Night Shelter.

Reporting directly to the Program Manager, the Peer Support Worker will work in collaboration with other DEWC staff to promote integrated services to women and in-centre volunteers. She will work from a feminist perspective and within an anti-oppression framework.


Primary Responsibilities:

Monitors women in the Centre/Shelter using appropriate conflict resolution and crises management skills. Addresses conflicts in the drop-in or the emergency night shelter.

Ensures women who appear in crises are offered appropriate supports and referrals such as medical, counseling, or advocacy.

Collaborates with centre members and volunteers to ensure the operations of the clothing room and general management of donations.

Is responsible for a clean and comfortable environment that operates in compliance with the Centre’ Mission Statement, Statement of Principles, and Policy and Procedures.

Supports women to access practical needs: listening to women, distributing items such as menstrual pads, rolling papers, clothing, telephone, mail and access to showers.

Manage crisis between, within and among various groups and individuals including by mentoring a variety of self help coping skills and different approaches to personal situations. Maintain a culture of ‘People helping people help themselves’.



Minimum 5 years related experience working with low-income women, at least 2 years in a women serving or inner city drop-in environment.

Must have Peer Support theory training and/or experience

Must have a strong working knowledge and analysis of the issues impacting women in the dtes, including violence against women, mental health, homelessness, and addictions.

Candidate must work from strong feminist analysis and within an anti-oppression framework

Strong conflict resolution skills and practice

Demonstrated crises intervention training and experience

Experience providing assisted referral as well as familiarity with support services, agencies and community resources in the Downtown Eastside.

Excellent communication skills required, including the ability to work in a respectful and cooperative manner with co-workers, and centre members.

Ability to work within a chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women

A First Aid certificate is required

Candidate must undergo a criminal record check

Women with addiction issues, need to be at least 2 years clean and sober


Position Details:

Union position $17/hr increases to $20.70/hr after successful probationary period
Please submit resume and covering letter via email/mal or fax to
Peer Support Worker Hiring Committee or Fax: 604-681-8470
applications are being considered as resumes received