Volunteering, work and education are essential elements towards recovery for people with mental illness. New Leaf Clubhouse offers many opportunities for Clubhouse members to reach their wellness, employment and learning goals.

Employers who are looking to fill work vacancies are invited to contact the New Leaf Clubhouse at 604-526-1007. We welcome the opportunity to find an employment match with a member that will work for your business.


Pre employment services prepare members for the work force and include:

  • Mock interviews
  • Dress for success
  • Office etiquette
  • Goal setting
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interview skills
  • Career decision making
  • Career options
  • Employee rights and protections
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Self esteem and self care
  • Conflict resolution
  • Workplace expectations

Members also learn about available community resources and have access to supported job search assistance. Once on the job, they can participate in on-the-job skills training and peer mentorship activities.

Skills training is also offered in:

  • Cashier and receptionist training (see below)
  • Café and kitchen help (see below)
  • Media communications (computer)

I’s On the Street

I’s On the Street program is an award winning outreach/support services program that engages homeless or persons at-risk-of- being-homeless into supervised employment cleaning and tidying the streets and front of businesses. They receive wrap-around support services to be a self-supporting member of the community.

The New Leaf Clubhouse employment specialist meets with members individually to discuss their personal employment goals and to support them in reaching those goals.

Receptionist training

One-on-one support provides members with the basic skills to work at a receptionist desk. Skills learned include greeting visitors, directing and keeping track of group attendance, booking appointments, answering phones and taking messages.

Snack attack training

One-on-one support offers members the basic skills required to work in a snack bar. Skills learned include customer service, inventory, and using a cash register.

Success in the workplace

This program is for anyone entering the workforce, or as a template for on-the-job mentoring. Participants are empowered to use their skills, ideas and concepts to reinforce and strengthen workplace etiquette and behaviors. They are better prepared for success before and after they are in the workforce.

Leadership development for members

One-on-one support helps individuals to build their confidence through a focus on the following: maintaining mental health; consumer survivor leadership and participation; advocacy; self-help group development, and tips for preparing for and delivering presentations.

Therapeutic Volunteer Program (TVP)

Volunteering is recognized as an integral part of the recovery towards wellness. The Therapeutic Volunteer Program (TVP) provides a supportive opportunity to develop workforce readiness while engaged in a volunteer placement. The program helps individuals to develop personal life and/or pre-employment skills, and achieve greater independence and community integration.

Additional referral information can be obtained from your NWMH Case Manager, the New Leaf Clubhouse Supervisor or here. The New Leaf Clubhouse Supervisor will review the completed referral and arrange for an intake interview.