Workplace: Peer support at the SHRC

The Self-Help Resource Centre not only facilitates and promotes peer support in the community, it also practices peer support in the workplace. Peer support hasSelf-Help Resource Centre
The SHRC helps people find support groups through its massive database. It also facilitates peer support groups in the community, in schools and universities.
To be able to acknowledge my own challenges as a leader has made me better at it, and the solidarity that our team shares as we work towards a common goal is felt very strongly. Our organization is healthier for it, as am I.

Chrystal Dean, executive director of the SHRC, answered my informal questions about the powerful peer work the SHRC is doing. 

Chrystal Dean - Executive Director of the Self-Help Resource Centre

Chrystal Dean – Executive Director of the Self-Help Resource Centre

1. Why are you answering these questions?
a. You are awesome 
 
b. You are awesome and have heard of peer support
 
2. For consistency, are you going to talk about 
 
a. your current job or 
 
b. previous job (s). 
 
3. Does your workplace have a peer support program?
Our core work is in making peer support more accessible. We try to model the peer support model in our own workplace by all following the values set out by creating safe spaces to share, respecting every person’s lived experience and contributions, and allowing room for self-care practices and self-advocacy.
4. How has workplace peer support affected your personal or work related challenges? (Support by a peer support worker, buddy, a coworker, HR person, mentor, mentee)
As the Executive Director of SHRC, I am often challenged by the juxtaposition of a peer support approach, which is non-hierarchal in nature, within a hierarchical structure, which is our organization. I have often had to think about what being a leader looks like in that setting. Personally, this process of trusting, sharing and believing in the value and strengths in all people has broken down a very distinct wall I built for many years between my personal and professional life. To be able to acknowledge my own challenges as a leader has made me better at it, and the solidarity that our team shares as we work towards a common goal is felt very strongly. Our organization is healthier for it, as am I.
 
5. Who at your workplace supports or is supported by you?
 
All staff and volunteers support each other. Occasionally I receive support from Executive Directors of other organizations.
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