Hope + Me - Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Volunteer Speakers' Bureau Program - "Peer Talk"

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Participants in the program will speak from their personal, lived experiences with mental illnesses, or from their experience of supporting someone with a mental illness. Sharing stories about mental illness helps to inspire others and highlights our organization's vision that people with mood disorders and their families receive the help that they need to recover and heal.

Hope + Me - MDAO is committed to raising awareness and conveying hope in schools, workplaces, and communities through Peer Talk, and are seeking dynamic and authentic speakers that will promote empathy and hope and empower resiliency through their speeches and presentations.

Training will be provided to all volunteers through participation in our Peer Talk Toastmasters club. Toastmasters International is dedicated to providing a supportive and positive learning experience through which members are empowered to develop valuable communication and leadership skills that will benefit their personal and professional lives. The club meets twice monthly on alternating Wednesday and Thursday evenings and meetings provide opportunities for members to:

  • Present both impromptu and prepared speeches
  • Learn how to plan and manage meetings
  • Give and receive constructive feedback
  • Participate in a comprehensive, self-paced education program.
  • Work with fellow club members within a friendly, supportive, engaging and inspiring environment
  • Gain greater self-confidence by managing a dynamic array of tasks and responsibilities

Members of the program will have the opportunity to hone their skills further by representing the organization and delivering presentations and speeches within the community.

To apply and learn more, visit our website at https://peertalk.ca/

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