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Mental Health Advocate – Permanent Full-Time

POSITION: Mental Health Advocate – Full-Time

CURRENT LOCATION: Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Program – Surrey (Newton)

CURRENT HOURS: 35 hr/wk (will be required to work the occasional weekend or evening)


Providing legal advocacy services to the most disadvantaged individuals in the Fraser Health Region.  This position requires an experienced individual to provide comprehensive legal advocacy services in the areas of income assistance, provincial disability benefits, federal income security programs and residential tenancy.  The advocate will be experienced in working with people with mental health conditions, provide support, information, and referral; written communications on behalf of the client as well as accompaniment to meetings, tribunal hearings an dispute resolution hearings; mediates and negotiates with government agencies and landlords.  The advocate will also provide outreach services in the Fraser Valley at the Mental Health Offices and at the Mental Health Club Houses.


  • Have a strong sense of social justice and resilient desire to assist and improve the lives of marginalized people – work from a client service and solution focused approach – have an understanding the spectrum of issues related to poverty; sensitive to a diverse client base and ability to deal tactfully with sensitive client issues
  • Self-motivated with well-developed planning, organizing, time management, problem solving and decision making skills essential; strong oral and written communication and excellent administrative skills including the operation of computer (Word, Excel & Outlook) managing electronic records, file management and reporting skills necessary.
  • Minimum 2 years post-secondary education and 2 years’ advocacy experience or a combination will be considered; fluency in a second language an asset.  As this is an outreach position, working at various sites across the Fraser Valley, a vehicle, valid driver’s license and clean abstract a must.
  • Criminal Record check required

START DATE: January 26, 2018

SALARY:  $20.00-$22.00 per hour

CLOSING DATE: Jan. 22, 2018





Internal candidates will be contacted by Jan. 26, 2018