Mental Health Navigator

About The Lakeland Region

About The City of Cold Lake

Cold Lake is in northeastern Alberta and is named after nearby Cold Lake. Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake is situated within the city’s outer limits.

Cold Lake was first recorded on a 1790 map, by the name of Coldwater Lake. Originally three communities, the City of Cold Lake was formed by merging the Town of Grand Centre, the Town of Cold Lake, and Medley (Canadian Forces Base 4 Wing) on October 1, 1996. Grand Centre was renamed Cold Lake South, and the original Cold Lake is known as Cold Lake North. Because of its origins, the area is also known as the Tri-Town. The City of Cold Lake has a population of approximately 16,000 people.

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About The Town of Bonnyville

Bonnyville is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada between the City of Cold Lake and Town of St. Paul, and is located on the north shore of Jessie Lake. The Town of Bonnyville has a population of approximately 6,500.

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About The Lakeland Region

The Lakeland region of Northern Alberta is approximately 3 hours northeast of Edmonton, north of the North Saskatchewan River and at the southern edge of the great boreal forest. The area, famous among Albertans for its many healthy lakes, includes the communities of Elk Point, Lac La Biche, Smoky Lake, and St. Paul, among others.

About The Bonnyville PCN

The Bonnyville PCN’s goal is to provide practical healthcare solutions by giving you access to the medical services you need without the complication of visiting many hospitals or clinics.

FTE: 1.0 FTE
Status: Temporary Hours per Week: Variable
Hours per Shift: Variable Reference ID: MHN20231007
Primary Location: Bonnyville, Cold Lake, and Lac La Biche
Position Summary

The Bonnyville Primary Care Network and Northern Lights Public Schools is currently seeking a Mental Health Navigator (MHN) for the communities of Bonnyville, Cold Lake and Lac La Biche area all located in Northern Alberta. The Mental Health Navigator will work as part of a mobile team under a Collaborative Care Model. The incumbent will work as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing triage, suitability, intake and alternative service/program suggestions of support and follow-up to child, youth, and young adult populations.

This is a 1.0 FTE temporary position. Hours may vary to accommodate clinics and/or physician offices and/or students. Evenings and weekends may be required.


What you will do...
  • Assessing, along with the mental health team, the suitability for program participation and identifying alternative supports if not the appropriate service. Follow up with referral sources.
  • Utilizing a strength based, holistic, recovery-orientated approach that recognizes and respects each participant’s unique experiences and needs.
  • Appropriately identify needs and support individuals in accessing mental health supports, such as school based, AHS mental health & addictions, local FCSS, parenting  etc.. Engage informal support people to assist with ensuring safety, risk mitigation and supporting intervention strategies.
  • Completing safety risk assessment using a variety of screening and tools. Creating suicide prevention safety plans and family violence screenings and safety plans is required.
  • Working closely with the Social Worker to implement social support strategies with participants. Ensure knowledge of supports available to ensure resource needs continue to be met while awaiting treatment.
  • Engaging informal support people to assist in ensuring safety, risk mitigation, and supporting intervention strategies that maintain stabilization. This includes consultation and liaison with families, community service providers, school supports and police.
  • Facilitating and participating collaborative community tables for goal setting and case planning, supporting transitions to other providers, advocating for students in service systems as well as completing referrals to additional resources.
  • Engaging in regular supervision and caseload reviews, organizing and/or participating in collaborative case conferences.
  • Holding lead responsibility in collaborative communication with many different stakeholders and ensuring communication and information is shared in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Ensuring that all documentation/assessments are completed professionally and in a timely manner
  • Maintaining accurate information in the electronic medical record systems
  • Developing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships. Coordinate with external partners and agencies to create a network of support to program participants, notice trends, and coordinate service provision.
  • Providing information and presentations, as time allows, on a wide variety of applicable complex needs topics to various audiences.
What you need to succeed...
  • Diploma social work, licensed practical nurse or other health care certificate 
  • Passion for enhancing Mental Health in the area
  • Strong communication skills
  • Evidence of leadership abilities
  • Organized, efficient and goal oriented
  • Able to work in stressful environment with multiple team members
  • Willingness to adapt as the role requires
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Experience in program development
  • Strong Computer Skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule if required.
  • Ability to speak French is an asset
  • Must have own vehicle and valid driver’s license
Application Instructions

Please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to The Bonnyville PCN:

Bonnyville PCN Administration

Include the Reference ID in the subject line of your email.

The Bonnyville PCN and Northern Lights School thanks you for your interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Bonnyville PCN is an equal opportunity employer. The Bonnyville PCN welcomes applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.

This position will remain posted until filled.