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Peer Mentor   Bruce - Central (incl Arran-Elderslie & Saugeen Shores Twnshps; Sa 1st Nation,  P. Elgin Southampton  Bruce - North (incl. North and South Bruce Peninsula Townships; Tobermory, Lion's Head)  Bruce - South (incl. Huron-Kinloss, Kincardine Brockton & South Bruce Twnshps; Walkerton, Teeswater)  Bruce County  Grey - Central (incl. Chatsworth and Grey Highlands Townships; Feversham, Markdale)  Grey - North (incl. Georgian Bluffs,  Meaford and Blue Mountains Townships; Owen Sound, Thornbury)  Grey - South (incl West Grey and Southgate Townships; Hanover, Neustadt, Dundalk)  Grey County 
Ontario Caregiver Organization, Online Services/Find Support
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Mentoring is a method of passing on lived experiences to support another caregiver in an empowering and meaningful way. Anyone who has been a caregiver will know that the caregiving role presents many challenges. These challenges will be different for every caregiver and from time to time support will be needed. 
 
A Peer Mentor has a wealth of experience and knowledge which can help another caregiver with the challenges of their caregiving situation. Caregivers share a common identity and can create a bond through sharing their experiences. You can easily connect by phone or by online/virtual discussion with your Caregiver Participant without leaving your home. 
 
An OCO trained peer mentor will: 
  • ‘Just be there’/Listen 
  • Provide encouragement, support and acceptance 
  • Acknowledge a caregiver’s strengths 
  • Share lived experience and give real life examples 
  • Discuss a caregiver’s wellbeing 
  • Provide support with developing coping strategies 
  • Provide relevant information 
  • Provide support to set goals the caregiver identifies 
  • Celebrate any goals the caregiver achieves 
  • Be someone for a caregiver to bounce ideas of
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    The Ontario Caregiver Organization invites caregivers with diverse backgrounds from across Ontario to join our 1:1 Peer Support Program as a Peer Mentor. We are actively recruiting bilingual or multilingual caregivers who are fluent in English and also other languages.