OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #495 August 30, 2016

Highlights include: OPDI News; Toronto Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Training in November; Why Everyone Should File Income Taxes; Jobs; News; and More.

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1.  E-mail or fax Registration by September 2 -- that's the deadline!  OPDI 2016 "Mobilizing Support" Conference and AGM Package -- Register Today!

Our conference package is now available here and on our website.  This is a great time to follow us and learn what we are about in this, our 25th anniversary.  You also benefit from gaining more insight into the peer support movement in Ontario, as well what your fellow mental health and addiction stakeholders in Ontario are up to.

2.  Learn about Peer Support Certification and Write the PSACC Exam During the OPDI  Conference/AGM

For the PS Certification Information session, register:


To register in advance (note the deadline date), register:




3.  OPDI's Lighthouse Awards Recognizes Peer Support Champions -- Nominate One Today!

Find out how to apply through our website.  Deadline to nominate someone or an organization is this Friday, September 2!

4.  OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Program - Webinar for participants on starting an internship
The next OPDI Peer Support Internship Webinar will be held Thursday, September 15th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.  If you have completed the OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Program and have received a Level 1R you are invited to join if you wish.  Please e-mail opdi@opdi.org and the information to login will be sent to you.
5.  OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training Expectations Webinar

OPDI is offering the Training Expectations webinar for OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Program on Wednesday, October 19th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.  This webinar is free for those enrolled in training as well as for potential participants and organizations contemplating sponsoring participants.  Please pre-register by emailing opdi@opdi.org and the information to login will be sent to you.

6.   Announcement of Toronto OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training

Please see the attachment for exciting details about the November 21 – 25, 2016 training program taking place in Toronto.  The registration form is enclosed.  For more information, please email opdi@opdi.org
Please note: this training requires a minimum of 10 participants to run.

7.   Ontario Social Assistance Recipients Affected By Potential Canada Post Labour Disruptions

Please read this memo from the Ministry of Community and Social Services for the update:

ODSP Fact Sheet -- August 30, 2016

8.  Ontario Newsroom

Ontario is funding $16 million in dedicated nursing hours for hospital emergency departments to cut down on wait times for patients:

Ontario Investing $16 Million to Improve Care in Emergency Rooms


9.  Why You Should File Income Taxes

"Filing taxes is a hugely important anti-poverty and health intervention".  Find out why -- and do it!

Why It's Never Too Late for Low Income Canadians to File their Taxes

10.  Job Postings

The Self-Help Resource Centre is hiring an ODSP Peer Navigator Program Coordinator.

Mainstay Housing is hiring a Peer Support Worker (deadline is August 31).



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