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Program Assistant - Aging At Home Day Services (Casual)

September 24 2021
Industries Public administration
Categories Education, Library, Health, Medical, HRIS, ATS
Cambridge, ON

People, Place, Prosperity

Working within our Strategic Plan, Cambridge Connected, and committing to our values of Integrity, Respect, Inclusiveness and Service, the successful candidate will work together to help the City of Cambridge achieve our vision: A place for people to prosper – alive with opportunity.


Job Profile

The City of Cambridge is currently accepting resumes within the Community Development Department, Recreation & Culture Division for Program Assistants - Aging at Home Program (casual).

What you will be doing

  • Assists the Programmer to plan, and implement program activities, outings and special events to meet the needs and interests of the program participants..
  • Assesses client interest, values, needs, past and present hobbies/interests/activities and collaborates as a team and one-on-one to provide programming and activities to positively affect behavior and promote healthy aging.
  • Assists the Programmer with the administrative or clerical aspects of the Day Services programs as required.
  • Encourages, assists and motivates clients to participate in the social and recreational activities.
  • Contacts participants, verifies attendance and arranges transportation in co-operation with transit providers on a daily basis.
  • Sets and cleans up program areas and rooms for activities and assists the Programmer to decorate program areas for holidays and special events. Maintains tidy program areas.
  • Greets & assists participants at the door of the Day Services site when they arrive or leave.
  • Assists participants with ambulation and personal care including toileting, dressing, feeding, and cutting food, medication reminders, transfers between surfaces or from wheelchairs or chairs, as needed while ensuring comfort and safety of participants and self which may require lifting, bending, stooping and kneeling
  • Organizes, sets up and cleans up dining and kitchen areas in preparation for and following meals and snacks.
  • Liaises with Cook and/or kitchen staff at various program sites to order meals according to specific needs of participants. Prepares and serves snacks and meals. Purchases food and beverage supplies as required for off-site programs. Transports food supplies from food source/supplier to program sites and ensures safe storage, handling and reheating/cooling of food.
  • Assists the Cook, Food Service Assistant and/or volunteers with the preparation and serving of morning and afternoon snacks and the serving of the noon hour meal. Cleans up dining and kitchen areas in preparation for and following snacks, including washing & putting away dishes
  • Responds to emergency situations and provides emergency first aid as necessary. Completes accident/incident and follow up reports.
  • Maintains appropriate records/documentation, attendance and client progress notes.
  • Keeps program supplies neat and orderly and maintains an inventory of supplies and equipment. Transports program supplies between site locations as required.
  • Follows policies and procedures to ensure personal safety and the health and safety of program staff, students, volunteers, participants and visitors at all site locations.


Two year College Diploma in Recreation and Leisure or Gerontology or other equivalent study.

Experience and Knowledge

  • One to two years’ previous related work experience implementing activation and recreation programs in a group or one-to-one basis with individuals who are frail and/or developmentally, cognitively or physically impaired, living with chronic disease or mental health issues, or other populations with special needs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, and experience with Client Information Management System (CIMS).
  • Ability to converse in French or Portuguese is considered an asset.

The following additional training or certificates are considered an asset:
•Gentle Persuasive Approaches
•Montessori Methods in Dementia Care
•High Five: Principles of Health Aging
•Non-violent Crisis Intervention
•VON-SMART or SAM S.T.E.P.S. exercise program
•Heartbeats Club

We are looking for these certificates

Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED

We will ask you for these items if you are hired

Current and valid Police Vulnerable Sector Check to be provided prior to commencement in this position.
Proof of your current and valid certificate(s) and/or educational qualifications.
Valid G driver's license.
Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training certificate from the Ministry of Labour. (may be obtained post offer)
Standard First Aid, CPR C & AED certification

Your compensation

The hourly wage is within the inside workers union salary scale Job Grade 6 $32.72 per hour.

Hours of work

Scheduled shifts and hours will vary between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday according to vacation bookings or sick replacement.

Advertisement expiration date

This posting closes on October 8, 2021.

Accommodation needs and protection of privacy

The City of Cambridge is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, and will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the recruitment and hiring process.

Please contact Human Resources to make your needs known in advance, with the nature of any accommodations that you may require in respect to any materials or processes used to ensure your full and equal participation throughout the recruitment and hiring process.

Personal information collected in relation to the recruitment process is collected under the authority outlined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and used solely to determine eligibility for employment with the City of Cambridge only. network