Why Become a Volunteer Peer Leader?

Leaders are individuals interested in teaching and empowering others to better manage their diabetes and avoid preventable diabetic ulcers and related amputations. As a leader, you will have the satisfying task of integrating the contents of the program and learning group facilitation skills that can be transferred to other areas of your life. Most importantly, you will watch people affected by diabetes successfully manage their health conditions by using the skills and tools that you have shared with them. It is a highly rewarding and resume building experience.

Volunteer Peer Leader Training is available for persons affected by diabetes and a supporting health care professional. The workshop delivery is done using 2 trained volunteer peer leaders and mentored or supported by a local health care professional.

We hope you will consider becoming a volunteer group leader for this worthwhile program. You will have fun, meet new friends and help others to positively self-manage their chronic conditions.

Characteristics of a Leader

  • Responsible, respected and trustworthy
  • Able to problem solve
  • Open to new ideas
  • Able to keep confidentiality
  • Committed to the philosophy of the program, its objectives and goals
  • Able to communicate on sensitive issues; is discreet and tolerant
  • Able to facilitate a group discussion
  • Committed towards helping others
  • Enjoys meeting new people
  • Willing to listen, learn new skills, and become a healthy role model
Ontario Ministry of Health