Activity/Recreation Worker

Work Area: 
Granvile Youth Health Centre
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Support Services
Mental Health

The Inner City Youth Program delivers a health experience for youth from ages 12 to 24 by providing access to primary care, mental health and substance use services, psychosocial rehab supports, peer support, and recreational activities. Based out of the Granville Youth Health Centre on Granville Street between Davie and Drake, the centre welcomes walk-ins on weekdays. If you are excited about empowering youth to create stability, restoring their sense of self and belonging, and guiding them on a path to thrive this opportunity is perfect for you!


Reporting to the Leader, Inner City Youth Program (ICYP), the Activation/Recreation Worker prepares and implements activities to promote clients’ life skills, recreation, social needs and assists clients with activities of daily living as required. Works collaboratively with the interprofessional team to support individualized recovery plans; monitors the functioning levels of the client; assesses potential emergency situations and makes necessary interventions as required; and establishes, maintains and enhances therapeutic relationships based on respect. Promotes maximum levels of independence for clients, while supporting them with activities of daily living with emphasis on community engagement, recreation and leisure activities. May perform other duties as required. Assists in maintaining a safe environment for clients and the team. Participates in team meetings, engages in team planning and quality improvement activities, and maintains and updates own knowledge.


Knowledge of psychosocial rehabilitation principles. 
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients and members of the interdisciplinary team. 
Able to establish and maintain rapport with clients 
Able to observe and recognize changes in clients 
Able to work with marginalized youth and young adult population 
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. 
Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others. 
Ability to observe and analyze problems. 
Ability to teach. 
Ability to organize work. 
Ability to operate related equipment. 
Ability to organize and prioritize. 
Knowledge of, and ability to do, various arts and crafts, handicrafts, and sports activities 
Ability to develop, organize, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate individual and group activities. 
Knowledge of adult learning techniques. 
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


Graduation from a recognized therapeutic recreation certificate/diploma program plus two years’ recent, related experience and/or experience working with youth and young adults with mental health and addictions in a community setting, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.