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Child and Youth Program Coordinator - Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Aug 31, 2019
Ottawa Area, Ontario

Do you like working with children and youth? Are you passionate about delivering fun and cultural programming? Enjoy empowering children and youth with life skills through a positive space? Do you have superior knowledge of the different services available in Ottawa? Are you able to advocate for clients and ensure that they are receiving the timeliness and quality of care they deserve? Are you ready for a role that will allow you to work with a dedicated and hard-working team to improve overall health outcomes for Aboriginal children and youth? If so, then the Child and Youth Program Coordinator position is for you!

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an award-winning Health Access Centre that provides holistic primary health care to First Nation, Inuit and Métis people living in Ottawa - one of the fastest growing and diverse urban Indigenous communities in Canada. Wabano is a fast-paced, client-oriented organization that models the Indigenous values of balance, respect and community interdependence.


Working as part of the Youth Programs team, the Child and Youth Program Coordinator role is to impact the health and well being by providing afterschool supports and programs for urban Indigenous children and youth. These supports for children and youth aged 7-18, include homework help, tutoring, physical activity, and cultural activities.


  • Assist in creating and implementing a full range of healthy activities for all ages;
  • Ensure that programs are grounded in culture based principles and practices;
  • Promote awareness and assist clients in accessing programs;
  • Assist in developing processes for program delivery and maintenance;
  • Promote traditional cultural knowledge and provide resources to clients;
  • Promote inter-generational activities;
  • Participate in overnight camping trips;
  • Prepare and cook meals for programming groups as required;
  • Prepare program spaces by setting up equipment and ensuring health and safety of environment;
  • Problem solve and take action to ensure smooth program delivery;
  • Facilitate a warm and welcoming environment for all clients of Wabano;
  • Assist in scheduling and providing programming at times suitable for clients (may be evenings and weekends);
  • Take action to ensure program objectives are being met in a manner consistent with the Wabano Model of Care;
  • Gather statistical data monthly and prepare reports;
  • Be a positive and flexible member of the team who thrives in constant change; and
  • Other duties, as required. 


  • Post-secondary completion in Recreation, Social Work or other applicable program of study;
  • Two years of experience working with Indigenous youth and children;
  • Knowledge of social, economic and health issues relevant to the urban Indigenous community;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and facilitate activities with all age groups;
  • Experience organizing and delivering a variety of activities, physical, cultural, social;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends. 


  • Criminal reference check required
  • Adventure-based, or, outdoor recreation training would be an asset
  • Preference will be given to applicants of First Nations, Inuit or Métis descent (please self identify to receive preference) 

To pursue this opportunity, please submit a covering letter and Resume by May 31st, 2019 to

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation.

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