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Position # 2722
OrganizationJohn Howard Society of Victoria
Position CAMS - Community Adult Mentoring and Support : Volunteers Assisting Offenders Reintegrate
Location 101-1230 Government Street Victoria BC V8W 3M4
Impact Statement Imagine being released from a federal prison on parole into a city you are not originally from, with no friends or family nearby to offer support during this vulnerable time. How will you find work? How will you navigate this new community on your own? Without appropriate supports and resources in place, how long will it be until you feel the pressure of your new reality, breach a condition and end up back in prison?
Description C.A.M.S Mentors are Correctional Service of Canada volunteers, operated by the John Howard Society of Victoria. Volunteer mentors are screened and provided extensive training in order to provide one-on-one support to offenders with high risk/needs as they reintegrate into society after serving time in a federal institution (sentences of 2 years or more). The mentor will enter a 1-year commitment for this role, with the hope of continuing. During this mentorship, volunteers assist with:

Grocery shopping
Banking
Navigating the city
Participating in recreational activities of interest
Employment/education seeking
Coping with stressful situations
Forming and maintaining healthy relationships
Following release plans
Training Details Successful applicants will be required to attend an orientation session, which is approximately 3.5 hours. In addition to the orientation, there will be several training modules that are mandatory for C.A.M.S Mentors - these modules will be provided by the Coordinator of Volunteers as well as Parole staff and will take place over a 10-week period. Training modules will cover a variety of topics such as conduct and confidentiality; risk and relapse; and boundary-setting.



Application forms can be picked up in person at the Victoria Area Parole office located at 101-1230 Government Street, or please feel free to reach out to Dayna Berkner, the Coordinator of Volunteers at: dayna.berkner@jhsvic.ca to have an application form emailed to you.

Along with your application form, please provide a minimum of 2 references and an updated resume.
Working Conditions Public Safety is the main concern with CAMS; our mentors seek to complement the work of Parole Officers, Halfway Houses and other agencies in order to ensure our community remains safe. CAMS mentors must be the age of majority (19), and have Canadian Citizenship.

Mentors are recruited from various populations, including: colleges and universities, Victoria Parole volunteer register, LGBTQ+, and recovery programs.

The role of the CAMS mentor requires the individual to be out in the community with the offender they are matched with. The setting my differ with each meeting, whether you are assisting your match with grocery shopping, problem-solving, or attending a sporting event together!
Minimum Duration 7 - 12 months
Timing Weekday - Daytime, Weekday - Evening, Weekend - Daytime, Weekend - Evening
Time Detail Timing is flexible for meetings between the offender and CAMS Mentor; the two will coordinate with each other to set up a time that suits each of their schedules.
Age 19+
Ideal for An Individual
Transportation On a bus route
Area(s) of Interest Caring Support, Counselling/Conflict, Recreation/Sports
Skill(s) Motivate Others, Decision-Making/Prioritizing, Problem Solving, Accountability, Respect
How to Apply
Application Link:
Website http://www.johnhowardbc.ca/victoria/
Email Send an Email Message
Contact Dayna Berkner
Phone (250) 580-6335
Address 2675 Bridge Street Victoria, V8T 4Y4

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