Become a Facilitator

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Share your passion for healthy food and cooking!

Diabetes Canada hosts Train-the-Trainer programs for individuals interested in becoming certified a Community Facilitator and delivering Food Skills for Families programs in their community.

Community Facilitators should meet the following criteria.

  • Teaching Experience: Previous group teaching experience with the ability to make learning easy and fun for adults preferred. Experience running a community kitchen would be an asset.
  • Experience Working with Diverse Populations: The Food Skills for Families program has been developed into five curriculums for the Indigenous, newcomer, low income, South Asian and active seniors populations. The program has also been successfully delivered to other various groups using these curriculums, including the mental health population, men’s only groups, and pregnancy outreach programs.
  • Enthusiasm for Health: Keen interest and excitement about healthy eating, cooking and safe food handling. This includes having a basic knowledge of Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide and nutrition.
  • Confidence in the Kitchen: High level of cooking skills and confidence and ability to conduct food demonstrations.
  • Effective Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively. Have strong speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills.
  • Empathy: Ability to accommodate various skill levels and provide support for those who need it.
  • Vehicle: Use of own vehicle for grocery shopping.
  • Computer Access: Access to internet and comfortable communicating via email and filling out forms in excel.
  • Current Employee: Applicants must be employed by an organization that plans to host a Food Skills for Families program within six months of training date. Organizations must be approved by Diabetes Canada prior to training and meet the programs Host Requirements. Applicants are expected to deliver the program as part of their current role with their organization.
  • Food Safe: Applicants must have level one FOODSAFE Certification. A certificate of completion must be submitted to Diabetes Canada prior to attending the Food Skills training.

Training Programs

Diabetes Canada offered a number of Train-the-Trainer programs each year. Training are 3.5 days long and there is no registration fee. Applicants must be current employees of partner organizations and be able to lead Food Skills for Families programs at least once a year. Invitations to training are sent out those who have completed the application process below.

How to Apply

B.C. Residents: Download the FACILITATOR APPLICATION form and submit to FoodskillsBC@diabetes.ca. Prior to submitting please ensure your organization has been approved as a Food Skills host organization. If your organization is new to the Food Skills program, please submit NEW HOST APPLICATION form at the same time.

Non B.C. Residents: Email Foodskills@diabetes.ca to inquire about upcoming Food Skills training opportunities.