Children’s Recreational Worker (2 Canada Summer Jobs Positions Available)

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
YWCA Toronto
  • Child & Youth Worker
  • Childcare
  • Social Work
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area
Entry LevelN/A2019-05-142019-05-27

YWCA Toronto transforms lives. As the city’s largest multi-service women’s organization, we help women escape violence, move out of poverty and access safe, affordable housing.

We work tenaciously to break down barriers that hold women back from achieving equality.

Internal and External Job Posting

Children’s Recreational Worker
(2 Canada Summer Jobs Positions Available)
Women’s Shelter

Employment Type:               Contract (Tuesday, July 2, 2019 to Friday, August 23, 2019)

Work Hours:                           35 hours per week     

Salary:                                     $14.00 per hour

Location:                                 Confidential Address -  Toronto

Application Deadline:          Monday, May 27, 2019


The Children’s Recreational Worker will provide recreational opportunities for children of all ages who are living in the Shelter or participating in the follow-up program, taking into account the emotional and physical needs of children who are victims and/or witnesses of violence. This position also provides support to mothers by providing parent relief and assistance on group or family outings.


YWCA Women’s Shelter provides safe and secure emergency shelter for women and their children who are fleeing violence.  The shelter is staffed 24 hours a day and supports 9 families and two single women.  In addition to shelter, families are offered case management support and enriching group and community activities to help them deal with the trauma they have experienced and begin to establish lives that are free of violence.


  • Plans and implements children’s and parent/child activities;
  • Maintains the safety of children participating in activities organized by the YWCA Women’s Shelter;
  • Oversees the physical environment for children’s activities, ensuring that the spaces are clean and safe at all times;
  • Participates with the staff team in providing services to families;
  • Maintains confidentiality of all resident information;
  • Ensures that relevant information is communicated between residents and other shelter staff;
  • Completes administrative tasks as required;
  • Provides a positive role model for children;
  • Participates in training opportunities by or through the YWCA around issues of violence and impact on children; legal and ethical requirements regarding reporting a child in need of protection under the Child and Family Services Act; community and recreation resources in Toronto and the Women’s Shelter; and YWCA policies and practices.


  • Currently studying towards a Degree or Diploma in a related field, including Social Work, Psychology, Early Childhood Education and Child and Youth Worker;
  • Experience working with children of a variety of ages;
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide oversight of children;
  • Ability to work in an anti-oppression and feminist framework;
  • Engage in a self-reflective and collaborative practice that is non-judgmental and compassionate and reflects the mission of YWCA Toronto;
  • Incorporate principles of anti-oppression and equity in responding to the service needs of women and children and work toward removing systemic barriers to independence and wellbeing;
  • Demonstrate respect, consideration and acceptance of the opinions of others while expressing her own expertise and effectively utilizing relevant resources and specialists;
  • Consistently collaborate with team members, sharing ideas and differences openly;
  • Be receptive to new ideas and adapt to change as necessary;
  • Value the contribution of others and take action to strengthen partnerships and support others to achieve effective outcomes;
  • Take action to avoid or solve problems and create opportunities for positive change;
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.


Please submit your cover letter and résumé by Monday, May 27, 2019 to:

Carol Hines-DaCosta, Manager of YWCA Women’s Shelter at

Please quote JOB ID number WMSH0228 and your name in the subject line.

Please note: Eligible applicants must: (1) be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; (2) be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and (3) have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

A vulnerable sector police reference check is required by the successful candidate prior to hiring. YWCA Toronto is a unionized workplace. Staff are represented by CUPE Local 2189. These positions are not within the Bargaining Unit.

YWCA Toronto promotes the principles of anti-oppression and adheres to the tenets of the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities and sexual orientations.

YWCA Toronto provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted, please advise us if you require any accommodation. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

YWCA Toronto is a Scent-Sensitive Workplace.