Working for Change provides employment and education opportunities for people disadvantaged by systemic barriers


While Working for Change provides leadership training in house, we also deliver focus groups, facilitation and workshops in the community. We offer training from personal development to peer support including peer engagement training to all employees to help foster an environment welcoming to peer staff. 

Trainings include, but are not excluded to:


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Asset Mapping

Chairing a Meeting

Communication & Conflict Resolution

Disability & Intersectionality

Confidentiality & Boundaries


Goal Setting

Health & Safety at Work


Peer Support

Personal Development

Violence Against Women

We also provide the following PeerZone peer support training.

Series 1: Understanding Ourselves

  • Understanding Our Distress

  • Understanding Our Drug & Alcohol Use

  • Leading Our Recovery

  • Exploring Stories

Series 2: Empowering Ourselves

  • Dealing With Self-Stigma

  • Finding Our Voices

  • Empowering Ourselves in Mental Health Services

  • Empowering Ourselves in Alcohol and Other Drug Services

  • Dealing With Crisis

Series 3: Working On Our Wellbeing

  • Coping With Stress

  • Understanding Trauma

  • Minding Our Lifestyle

Series 4: Connecting With the World

  • Enhancing Our relationships

  • Optimizing Our Income

  • Finding and Keeping a Home

  • Finding and Keeping Work

Help us to build independent lives

If desired, you can specify which program or business you would like to support.

Covid-19 update as of December 14, 2020

We hope you are keeping safe during this pandemic. Working for Change office staff are working remotely and our social enterprises are operating, although at somewhat reduced capacity.
For information about our social enterprises, please contact them directly:

Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises:
Out of This World Café, Grill, College Café:
Raging Spoon:
Grassroots Research:

For general inquiries, you can reach:

Joyce Brown, Executive Director:
Mike Creek, Director of Strategic Initiatives:

We will post any future training opportunities as they become available.