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

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Please Note: The Application Deadline has passed and we are not accepting any new applications at this time. Any updates will be provided through our website, newsletter or social media accounts. 

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

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

Successful applicants will gain 6 months Toastmasters sponsorship from Hope+Me - MDAO. The sponsorship will include the organization covering all Toastmasters International fees for the first 6 months, as well as members gaining access to comprehensive and engaging online learning resources. Additionally, successful applicants will go through the process of becoming a full fledged Hope+Me - MDAO Volunteer, and will have the opportunity to contribute to the organization in other ways. 

(Please note - there is a one time $20 venue rental fee per member in order to help us secure the space for the meetings)

We encourage youth, family members, caregivers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, seniors and others from all walks of life to take part in the application process to apply for a coveted spot within Peer Talk!

To get the application process started, please take a few minutes to fill out the application form below or by clicking here             (Note: Google account required). Alternatively, click here to access a fillable PDF form that you may complete and e-mail to Program Coordinator Omar Ansari. 

If you are having difficulties with accessing either form and/or for all other inquiries, please contact the Peer Talk Program Coordinator - Omar Ansari, at

Please note: In order to gain the 6 months Toastmasters sponsorship from Hope + Me - MDAO, we require a minimum of an 18 month volunteering commitment; 6 months of regularly attending club meetings, and a further 12 months conducting speaking engagements for Hope + Me - MDAO.