Community Advocacy

The Peer Advocacy Office is located downstairs, on the same floor as the Good Food Bank. The office is run by Peer Advocates who have successfully completed the Community Advocacy Training.

Advocates are available to offer resources, referrals, and support on a wide array of issues from replacing lost identification, to helping fill out paperwork, to conducting a housing search. The office is open to all community members and no appointment is needed.

For more information on the services the Community Advocacy Office offers please check out the Community Advocacy Office page, called Perth Advocates on Facebook.

To speak to an advocate please call 613-267-6428 ext. 29 or email

Office hours are: Monday 2pm – 5pm, Tuesday 12pm – 3pm, Wednesday 4pm – 6pm, Thursday CLOSED, and Friday 2pm – 5pm

Advocacy Initiatives

Job Openings: Peer Advocate at the Table Community Food Centre

 Do you want to help build community and challenge inequality? Do you have experience living on a low income and/or navigating social services for yourself and others? Are you interested in helping others access information, support, referrals, entitlements and resources? If you are, and you have completed our Community Action Training (or have experience with social justice advocacy and peer supports from elsewhere) please consider applying for a position as a Peer Advocate at The Table.


Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator, Peer Advocates carry out the day to day tasks required to run the Peer Advocacy Office effectively and efficiently. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


·         Providing services in an equitable, respectful, welcoming, non-judgemental and 
non-stigmatizing manner

·         Connecting participants to services, information and resources

·         Offering support and referrals to participants

·         Administrative duties including: Ensuring the advocacy office is open and operating during specified hours and keeping the office tidy, organized and clean

·         Maintaining the database of client information

·         Recording daily and monthly statistics

·         Administering and processing LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) and OESP (Ontario Electricity Support Program) applications

·         Maintaining the electronic Barter Board and Ride Share pages

·         Posting actions, events and information on Facebook

·         Creating posters, tabletops, handbills etc. for upcoming events/actions for advertising both at The Table and in the community.

·         Creating and maintaining positive working relationships with personnel at relevant agencies

·         Accompanying participants to appointments as possible and within reason

·         Attending the monthly Peer Advocate Team Meeting

·         Taking part in skill building or information sessions when available

·         Attending relevant training/information sessions within the community as possible

·         Work within their scope, mandate and training – Peer Advocates are not to offer legal advice or counselling.


HOURS:. Advocates are scheduled to work in the office in three hour shifts in teams of two on Monday 2-5,

Tuesday 12-3, Wednesday 3-6, Friday 2-5.  This is a part time position (approx. 2 shifts a week).


PAY: New advocates are paid minimum wage ($11.40/11.60 as of Oct. 2017) for the first 6 months of their tenure. After 6 months (or upon waiver of this trainee period due to previous experience) advocates earn $15/hour.


HOW TO APPLY: Please send application resume and cover letter detailing your interest in the position to Beth Schilling at or drop off your application at the centre at 190 Gore St. East. Applications will be accepted until August 18th. Only those being offered interviews will be contacted.

Community Action Training builds the capacity of community members to become effective change-makers through individual coaching and group workshops. It brings together community members to learn how to take action on issues of poverty and other social, political, environmental and economic injustices.  

Learn to navigate the system and to advocate for yourself and others. This 12 week workshop will provide you with the tools to build confidence and community. Topics covered include:

  • Community Resources
  • Advocacy for Everyone
  • Introduction to Collaborative Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Govt 101
  • Self-care

This group is open to all but gives priority to low income community members. Participants will receive a gift card for groceries for each session they attend. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for open positions as Peer Advocates in the Community Advocacy Office.

For more information or to register please contact Beth Schilling at 613- 267-6428 ext. 4 or email

You are invited to a community conversation on Monday July 10th - Join us and let us know what community leaders could do to…

§  improve quality of life for you and your family

§  improve access to affordable, healthy, local food

This focus group is part of the Perth & District Community Foundation’s Vital Signs project which aims to celebrate life in Lanark County, measure community wellbeing and quality of life, and identify areas for improvement. Your comments and suggestions will help the community foundation set priorities, and help The Table shape its future programs.

Please register in advance:

Contact the Peer Advocates at 613-267-6428 x4 or via email at  or

Contact Beth Schilling at 613-267-6428 (ext. 4) or via email at

Please let us know when you register if you will need help with transportation. 

Low-income participants will receive a gift card in appreciation of their participation.

Come join us to discuss the latest information about sugar and our helath and join a conversation led by Dr. Stephanie Gauthier.

Lanark County housing forum slated for March 29 in Perth

The Community Action Network (CAN) and the Table Community Food Centre are in the final stages of the current housing outreach campaign; they will be hosting a wrap-up forum for community participants on March 29 in Lanark County council chambers in Perth.

Funded by a grant from the Lanark County social housing department, the campaign engaged more than 100 community members through a face-to-face survey and community meetings.

The forum on March 29 will be the culminating activity of the outreach campaign. During this final session, results of the surveys will be presented, giving participating community members from across the county a chance to meet with other people who have similar concerns and identify solutions together.

The public is invited to attend the forum in the Lanark County council chambers from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about the housing issues our neighbours are facing, and what they feel we should do about it.


For more information about the upcoming forum, please contact Beth Schilling — advocacy, social justice and volunteer co-ordinator — at or 613-267-6428, ext. 4.