About the position
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (Holland Bloorview) seeks to advance social justice by ending stigma for youth and all people living with disabilities. To help us with this cause, we are seeking a passionate individual(s) with lived experience of disability to help us facilitate meaningful learning opportunities and discussions about inclusion in workplaces and schools across the city of Toronto.
Using the power of storytelling and lived experience, the successful candidate(s) will be responsible for developing and presenting anti-stigma workshops to support Holland Bloorview’s Dear Everybody and Capes for Kids campaigns. They will be working directly in schools, workplaces and other community settings in Toronto to deliver presentations and seek new opportunities to deliver this important message.
This position will work closely with all members of the Communications and Public Engagement (CPE) team and staff from across the organization. Holland Bloorview’s CPE team is comprised of both hospital and foundation colleagues. Working in unison, they build brand awareness, promote acceptance and inclusion of childhood disability, and engage the community to support philanthropic giving to Holland Bloorview.
Please note this is a casual contract position until March 31, 2021, with possibility for extension. Hours depend for demand for presentations; estimated 4-8 hours/week during peak times.
About Dear Everybody
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Dear Everybody campaign is a national movement to end stigma and eliminate bias towards disability. The campaign returns for the fourth year to challenge Canadians to rethink their perceptions of disability. In Canada, there are more than 400,000 children and youth (up to and including the age of 24) living with a disability, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission notes disability is the most citied (59 per cent) reason for discrimination by people in Canada. Learn more at www.deareverybody.ca.
About Capes for Kids
Each March, the community comes together to unleash their inner superhero by putting on a cape and raising money to help kids move, speak, play and heal at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. As Holland Bloorview’s signature peer-to-peer fundraiser, Capes for Kids has raised over $2,450,000 for the hospital since its inception in 2017. We’ve had thousands of dedicated fundraisers assemble teams of enthusiastic families, individuals, small businesses, corporations, unions and schools who sign up to fundraise and wear capes to support Canada’s largest rehabilitation hospital for children and youth with disabilities and complex medical needs. Learn more at www.capesforkids.ca.
About Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth living with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury. Holland Bloorview is a top 40 Canadian research hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and serves over 8,000 clients annually. Providing both inpatient and outpatient services, Holland Bloorview is renowned for its expertise in partnering with clients and families to provide exceptional care and is the only organization to ever achieve 100 per cent in two successive quality surveys by Accreditation Canada. Holland Bloorview is a founding member of Kids Health Alliance, a network of partners working to create a high quality, consistent and coordinated approach to pediatric health care that is centered around children, youth and their families. Visit us at www.hollandbloorview.ca.
The successful candidate will be responsible for:
Presenting in-person and virtual anti-stigma workshops aimed at facilitating meaningful learning about disability and inclusion to schools, workplaces and community groups in the Toronto area
Supporting the development of new, online/digital educational materials and identifying opportunities to expand on existing resources
Exploring partnership opportunities with schools and community groups to reach new audiences
Execute administrative tasks as needed
Youth with lived experience of disability
Experience and comfort presenting to large groups
Current or former client of Holland Bloorview considered an asset
High school diploma
Some post-secondary education preferred
Passion for sharing their story to facilitate meaningful learning about disability and inclusion
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Excellent computer skills – Microsoft Office