Recreation Therapy Assistant

Whitehorse, YT
$57,526 - $66,103 a year

This posting will be used to hire 6 permanent full-time and 2 permanent part-time positions in various Continuing Care locations.

At Health and Social Services Continuing Care, your best is our best too!

Our philosophy of care is “Every action and decision performed by this position is founded on respect for the residents, for the promotion of their dignity, individual freedom, choice and lifestyle, and meaningful quality living.”

It’s an exciting time to be part of the Yukon Government’s Continuing Care community. We’re growing now!

Reporting to the supervisor of Recreation and Psychosocial Services, this position assists in providing goal-oriented programs and services that are tailored to meet the leisure-related needs of residents/clients to achieve the desired quality of life outcomes, as directed by the Recreation Therapist.

For more information about this position, please contact Pearl Swaykoski at (867) 393-7515 or email or Cynthia Onions at (867) 667-9385 or email at

For more information about this posting, please contact Kelly Jiang at (867) 456-6088 or email

Essential Qualifications:

Please submit your resume clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications. Specifically, how your education, and work experiences and related duties align with the essential qualifications listed below. Ensure a month-year format is used for each work experience start and end. Ensure that relevant education and training information is clearly defined with dates, location/provider and information indicating the type of program (diploma, certificate or degree) obtained. For training and coursework not completed as part of a program, the title or subject must be clearly defined along with dates and location/provider. Please note selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your resume.

  • Certificate Activity Aide or equivalent
  • Diploma in a similar field is an asset
  • Recent and relevant experience supporting the implementation of recreational therapy programs in a healthcare setting

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability:

Candidates should have and maybe assessed on:

  • Person-centred practices
  • Adaptive strategies for accommodating residents with limitations
  • Group facilitation techniques
  • Safe body mechanics while supporting residents to mobilize in-house and on outings
  • Pathology of a variety of disease processes including various dementias
  • Implementation of recreation therapist directed care plans

Additional Information:

Conditions of Employment: TB Screening, RCMP security screening vulnerable sector, WHMIS 2015 certificate, Standard First Aid with CPR C (within last 18 months), Food Safe certificate, Valid Class 4 Drivers Licence are required prior to hire.

Job Requirements: Loading and unloading residents on the bus, including securing wheelchairs on the bus, bending, stretching, reaching; lifting up to 20 lbs; driving a bus; transporting residents with wheelchairs; being around pets and smoke.

Eligibility List
12 months
Post Date
11 September 2019
Close Date
25 September 2019
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