Library Settlement Program Group Facilitator

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Posted Date: June 29, 2017

Time CommitmentThree month commitment with opportunity to expand as needed
Minimum Age18
Location(s)North York Dufferin Street YMCA Centre-4580 Dufferin Street

Program Description

The YMCA Newcomer Information Centre (NIC) in partnership with the Toronto Pubic Library through “Library Settlement Partnerships” program provides its services at Centennial Library where newcomers can receive relevant settlement information referrals through one-on-one sessions and group sessions.  As an LSP Group Facilitator, you are a part of our multicultural team helping newcomers to broaden their knowledge on Canadian life through practicing their English communication skills in the group activities.

Major Duties

  • Provide enhanced support in conducting English conversational groups
  • Support in stimulating newcomers’ confidence in their self-expression in English
  • Provide opportunities to enhance newcomers’ knowledge of Canadian Society and way of life to positively impact lives
  • Help in facilitation and preparation of the materials for group sessions


  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Team player and active listener
  • Creativity and good planning skills
  • Excellent communication and written English skills/education in linguistics, teaching methodology or in any related discipline preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office and internet use
  • Ability to work in a face-paced environment
  • Good intrapersonal and interpersonal skills
  • Punctual and responsible
  • Acceptance and adherence to YMCA values, policies and procedures
  • Sensitivity in dealing with participants from a variety of cultural and racial backgrounds
  • Successful applicants to this role will need to provide a Police Reference Check from their local police service before their first day of volunteering and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering


  • Professional development opportunities
  • Gain Canadian experience
  • Develop leadership and management skills
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all over the world
  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the YMCA Mission, Vision and Values
  • Volunteers will acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes that will allow them to find and keep works in the current labour market which may be unpredictable

How to apply

Complete the online volunteer application. You will need to provide the position title and location information of this position during step 3 of the application.

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YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great place to volunteer through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all volunteers. The YMCA provides thousands of volunteers with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values.

Our Commitments

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan, Strong Start Great Future, calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy, and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.