NEW WESTMINSTER OVERDOSE COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM CULTURAL SAFETY EDUCATOR
In April 2016, a public health emergency was declared in British Columbia in response to a rapid increase in overdose deaths from contaminated drugs across the province. In New Westminster, the annual number of reported fatal and non-fatal overdoses has also been increasing, with a total of 10 overdose deaths reported in 2016, which has rapidly increased to 35 overdose deaths in 2018 (Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, 2018).
In May 2018, the New Westminster Overdose Community Action Team (NWOCAT) was formed, and is currently funded by the Community Action Initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC). There is a strong desire in both New Westminster and across the province to develop innovative, local, contextually relevant ways to reduce mental health stigma, empower people with direct experience of drug use, and reduce overdose/overdose deaths.
In January 2019, the NWOCAT conducted an asset and gap analysis with key informants to identify priority needs in New Westminster. This included input from people with lived and living experience, service provider agencies, and local businesses, among others. Responses were used to define specific services that need strengthening in order to better align New Westminster’s overdose response strategy with best practices, as outlined by the OERC. The NWOCAT is currently seeking a Cultural Safety Educator to assist with the enhancement of cultural safety, and trauma informed practice, across service providing agencies involved in overdose prevention work.
SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES
The purpose of the NWOCAT Cultural Safety Workshop and Toolkit is to provide localized opportunities for enhancing cultural safety across service providers in New Westminster, as well to assist service providers in putting cultural safety principles into practice. The overarching goal(s) of the Cultural Safety Workshop and Toolkit is to enhance the quality of overdose prevention services in New Westminster, increase connections between service providers and persons at risk for overdose, and keep our community members safe.
The Cultural Safety Educator will provide the following services:
- Develop a workshop that aligns with the following three tiers:
- Recognizing our own personal biases
- Recognizing our interactions as a member of a group
- Applying a culturally safe space for the people you serve
- Facilitate a three part training on cultural safety with CAT members and first responders
- Inform the development of NWOCAT policies and practices toolkit by identifying tangible strategies for promoting cultural safety across agencies providing overdose prevention services
BUDGET AND LENGTH OF CONTRACT
The Cultural Safety Educator will be compensated $3,000 for the deliverables outlined above. The deliverables must be completed by September 15, 2021.
Applications must be complete in order to be considered. Applications must contain:
- Contact Information
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
- Cover Letter that demonstrates your ability to deliver services
EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Applications will be evaluated by the Hiring Committee, who are members of the NWOCAT. After review, finalists will be invited to an interview with the committee. The committee will make the final decision.
Please submit the completed application to the attention of Lynda Fletcher-Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm PST. Please put in the subject line: NWOCAT Cultural Safety Educator
- Compensation $3,000 CAD $3,000 Month
- Address 40 Begbie St, New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 3L9, Canada
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