Job Description (EN):
Time Commitment: (weekly)
Positing Details: (Saturdays 2-4pm)
A Day in the Life of a Recreation Programmer:
At a time that works for your schedule and our Residents, you will support the development and execution of programs for our Residents. You help to plan, research and facilitate the programs with Residents or varying abilities, and encourage them to participate.
Responsibilities and Duties:
You will help to plan and execute Resident centred programming at the Residence with the support of the Life Enrichment team, including:
Portering Residents to programs
Encouraging attendance by providing reminders for programs
Researching content and putting together program plans
Welcoming and thanking Residents for attending
Gathering feedback about the program
As a Recreation Programmer you demonstrate the following qualities:
Passion for seniors
Patience and excellent listening skills
Good verbal communication in English (or other language as required)
Ability to problem solve and work with seniors on projects
Ability to maintain and protect confidentiality of the personal information of the Residents
Interest in getting to know their personal stories and experiences
Flexibility- each visit may look different based on the interest of the Residents that day
Each volunteer is required to provide:
A Vulnerable Sector Screening from the Police/ RCMP
A clear TB test
COVID 19 Protocols:
All volunteers will follow COVID 19 protocols in the Residence in alignment with the Team Member strategy (may include masking, hand hygiene training, etc.)
Experience spending time with seniors (family members, community members, etc.)
Each volunteer has commitments we are happy to work around, provided it meets the needs of the Residents we serve.
Being a recreation programmer requires you to build relationships, get to know the Residents, and build your confidence in delivering small group programs- the best recreation programmers, visit consistently, so the Residents can get excited about when to expect them.
Recommended frequency and duration at a minimum for this position:
Duration- at least 1 hour per visit, ideally minimum of 100 hours
We support a vulnerable group of seniors, and as such you may be asked to complete a training process that includes:
5 hours of online training including:
Behaviour management- what to do if you see a Resident experiencing a behavior
Emergency Preparedness- should there be an emergency when you are onsite
Supporting Residents with Cognitive Aging- Our Residents are all at different places in their aging experience, and some need additional support. We have modules to help you learn how to support and get comfortable with interacting with Residents who may be more forgetful or need more prompting.
Support from our Life Enrichment Coordinator and Team
Each LEC helps to guide and support Recreation Programmers around facilitation skills and set up for programs.
Training around specific programs that are already begin run at the Residence
Regular touch bases to make sure you have what you need, get your feedback and recommendations for programming changes.
To help you understand building and the different areas that may be available for programming within the residence.
To prepare in case of an emergency- exits, etc.