Community Animator

The New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic individual committed to the vision, values and philosophy of inclusion. The Community Animator position is part of a Social Inclusion Program for persons with disabilities in New Brunswick. This position will be located in Edmundston and the successful candidate will work in the Edmundston area. This is a part-time contract position for 20 hours/week. Hours throughout the week are flexible.

Under the direction of the Social Inclusion Coordinator and in accordance with the NBACL's stated purposes, the Community Animator is responsible to assist individuals with an intellectual disability, cooperatively with their families and friends, to develop opportunities for social participation within their communities, which includes the development of connections to community. The Community Animator will consider and include personalized and flexible disability supports that will provide real opportunities for individuals to live meaningful lives in the community.

Responsibilities

Assist individuals in identifying their interests and goals related to community participation;

· Assist people with the process of developing and maintaining their involvement in recreation, leisure and volunteer groups and activities;

· Provide ongoing monitoring of community involvement and connections to ensure involvement in recreation, leisure and/or volunteer groups and activities is maintained;

· Development of personal support networks:

a) Assist individuals and their families to establish a network and to identify possible leading roles of network members (coordinator of meetings, financial support, etc.) and;

b) Provide information and education to the individual, their family and natural supports around the role and value of a personal support network.

· Developing partnerships with community organizations to promote inclusive practices. This includes presentations to community partners and agencies to build awareness of NBACL supports

Qualifications

· Post-secondary education in the social sciences or human services and/or equivalent combination of education and experience;

· Experience working directly with individuals with a disability and their families is considered a strong asset.

· Valid driver's license, a reliable vehicle necessary for work related duties and willingness to travel throughout the assigned work area and province;

· Strong computer skills and demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications;

· Ability to work independently and work flexible hours;

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About New Brunswick Association for Community Living

The New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) is looking for enthusiastic, energetic individuals committed to the vision, values and philosophy of inclusion. We are very proud to be a 2017 Globe and Mail Employee Recommended Workplace Award winner. Come and join our #teamawesome!

NBACL is a provincial, voluntary, nonprofit organization that works on behalf of children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families to ensure that persons with an intellectual disability live meaningful lives and participate in society as valued and contributing members. NBACL works with the individual, their families, employers, educators, governments and communities to change lives, change communities and defend rights.

New Brunswick will be an inclusive society in which all citizens feel that they belong, and in which all individuals have the means and opportunity to participate in the social and economic life of the province (NBACL/ANBIC, 1999).

Our staff members work provincially, based out of our six regional offices located in Fredericton (head office), Moncton, Saint John, Edmundston, Bathurst and Miramichi.

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