Activity Worker/Driver

Work Area: 
based at Langara but may be deployed across all PHC sites as operationally needed
Base Site: 
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Therapy & Rehab Services
Acute Care Hospital
0800-1600. Times may change to meet resident care needs


The Activity Worker/Driver works under general supervision and in cooperation with multi-disciplinary team members to carry out established activity programs. Responsibilities include organizing activities, transporting clients/residents to and from excursions, accompanying clients/residents on outings and coordinating portering, demonstrating and teaching activity techniques, and assisting clients/residents with practicing daily living skills. Reports relevant observations of client/resident progress and behaviours to Therapist and/or other healthcare staff, provides direction to volunteers, organizes equipment and supplies for activities, ensures a safe work environment and maintains established inventory of supplies.


Ability to organize work.
Ability to teach.
Ability to deal with others effectively.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Ability to operate related equipment.


Grade 12, completion of recognized recreational courses plus two (2) years’ recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Valid Class 4 driver’s license (unrestricted).


Carries out individual or group leisure activities based on client/resident’s care plan to enable clients/residents to express themselves physically, emotionally, spiritually, cognitively and socially through such things as arts and crafts, gardening, food preparation techniques, sports, games, socio-cultural events and social outings, both inside and outside the facility, by methods such as selecting appropriate activities, confirming details of proposed activity with Supervisor, and communicating activities to clients/residents, their families and staff.

Demonstrates and teaches the techniques of a variety of social, educational, creativity and behavioural skills, according to established procedures and client/resident’s interests.

Transports clients/residents on group outings by operating a passenger van/bus with a seating capacity of 11 to 25 passengers, including the driver. Conducts inspections of vehicle by checking oil, gas and fluid levels, tire condition and ensuring that lights and signals are functioning; cleans interior and exterior of vehicle after use; and maintains records of distances traveled, gas expenditures and inspections.

Accompanies clients/residents on outings and co-ordinates portering during activities to provide clients/residents with opportunities for physical and functional mobility according to established procedures.

Assists clients/residents with practicing daily living skills such as personal care, bed mobility and independent wheelchair use by methods such as providing physical support, assisting clients/residents with transporting, producing appropriate adaptations to ensure maximum potential for independence, and supervising or demonstrating techniques to assist client/resident in meeting their goals, as determined by the Supervisor/Therapist.

Encourages clients/residents and families to participate in relevant decision-making by offering choices and asking for input on a formal and informal basis. Encourages clients/residents to take responsibility in their day to day living by asking them to independently carry out basic tasks within their current functioning level.

Reports relevant observations of client/resident’s progress and behaviour by methods such as communicating concerns and/or changes of client’s condition to the Therapist and other health care staff. Reviews goals of clients/residents on a regular basis and provides suggestions for change or modifications to existing programs as appropriate.

Maintains a clean, safe work environment by practicing good housekeeping habits such as putting away materials after use, wiping spills, keeping floors free of debris and keeping potentially hazardous equipment away from unsupervised clients/residents.

Maintains equipment and tools by methods such as setting up and organizing items for activity projects, overseeing client/resident usage, returning items to designated areas, counting returned items and identifying missing items to ensure proper and safe usage of equipment; reports malfunctioning equipment, potential hazards, and supply needs to supervisor.

Maintains established inventory of materials by methods such as preparing purchase requisitions for signature and/or purchasing items through petty cash as directed by the Supervisor. Receives and distributes goods delivered.

Arranges for entertainment and other community resource involvement for the residents as required.

Provides work direction to volunteers during activity programs and demonstrates related techniques as required. Participates in orientation of new client/residents, staff and volunteers as needed.

Completes required reports by methods such as recording workload statistics in accordance with established procedures for departmental reporting purposes.

Participates in departmental and other meetings as requested.

Prepares, assembles and distributes written communication materials such as newsletters, bulletin board announcements and activity schedules, and performs related clerical tasks.

Performs other related duties as assigned.