What is a Diabetes Wellness Worker?
Created by the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle, Diabetes Wellness Workers are a team of individuals who work in a defined region and “diabetes awareness from an Indigenous perspective and assist Indigenous communities in identifying appropriate resources and services, planning, prevention and awareness strategies and coordinating community/regional programs and events based on community needs.”
Diabetes Wellness Workers also conduct outreach activities, including hosting booths, workshops and presentations.
Topics that Diabetes Wellness Workers might cover, include:
- Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity
- Stress Management
- Diabetes Awareness
- Cooking Demos
- 13 Grandmother Moons Teachings
- Foot Care Resources, Clinics & Displays
- Smoking Cessation
- Diabetes Emergency in the Workplace
- Sweetgrass Fitness
- Sweetgrass Yoga
- The average Recreation Therapist salary in Canada is $63,375 per year or $32.50 per hour
Schooling Entry Requirements
Diabetes Wellness Worker is not a regulated profession and as such does not have specific educational requirements. Candidates must have at minimum a relevant College or University degree or equivalent, with two- (2) years’ work and/or related experience.
Must have knowledge of diabetes and diabetes prevention, specifically within Indigenous communities.
Knowledge of Indigenous language, traditions and culture will be considered an asset.
- Must provide CPIC
- Must travel and have valid driver’s license and access to reliable personal transportation.
- Evenings and weekends as required.