Title Coordinator, Community Recreation
Location Calgary
Job Information

Position Title:                      Coordinator, Community Recreation

Program:                              Continuing Connections

Job Type:                               Permanent

Hours Of Work:                   35.0 hours per week

Position Overview:             Reporting to the Team Lead for Continuing Connections and Apartments, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of leisure/recreation services for center residents between 18 and 65 years of age who reside in a long-term care centre and often managing both long-term physical health and mental health illness. You will connect with individuals using recreation and leisure as a means to build social support, decrease isolation, increase motivation, and improve overall quality of life. You will primarily work between two (2) centres as a team member of both the Applied Behaviour Collaboration (ABC) Team that focuses on supporting individuals under 65 with complex behaviour and/or mental health needs through partnership with Alberta Health Services and the Canadian Mental Health Outreach team. The five (5) care centre are: Carewest Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre, Carewest Garrison Green, Glamorgan Care Centre, Bethany Care Society and AgeCare SkyPointe.

Key Client Service Responsibilities and Specific Accountabilities:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate the recreation component of the overall program for the five (5) care centres for the under 65 years of age group.
  • Facilitate a variety of group programming within the facility and community outings, as well as 1-1 programming.
  • Advocate for program clients and promote recovery and their inclusion in their community.
  • Participate in the overall functioning, coordination and development of the Continuing Connections Program, in partnership with key stakeholders.
  • Participation in discussion based groups or activity based groups at and around the care facility.
  • Build therapeutic relationships.
  • Maintain database documentation records, and program statistics.
  • Administer an assessment tool to help identify client strengths, and monitor client success.
  • Actively participate in activities with clients (ex. expressive arts projects, discussions, drumming circles, horticulture, seasonal events, relaxation/mindfulness activities, walking groups, games, and many more programs).
  • Participate in the evaluation of program outcomes.
  • Adhere to incident and risk management policies.

Additional Team Responsibilities, Competencies & Personal Attributes

  • Adheres to the definition and guiding principles of the Team Model.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled team meetings.
  • Promotes the principles of diversity and equity in all work related duties, wherever applicable.
  • Participates as a responsible member of the agency.
  • Train, supervise and recognize program volunteers, and oversee practicum students as needed.
  • Community focused with knowledge of mental health resources.
  • Sound judgment and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • High level of initiative and self-motivation.
  • Self-awareness and time management.
  • Flexible and adaptable.


  • A recognized diploma or undergraduate degree in a human services area.
  • You have worked in the mental health field for over two (2) years and have a deep commitment to and understanding of the recovery model. You demonstrate deep respect not only for clients but for the teams you support, your peers and community partners.
  • Two (2) years of experience in working with individuals with mental health/addiction conditions and complex medical needs in a care facility, or an equivalent combination.
  • Active or eligible for professional ATRA membership is an asset.
  • Registered Social Worker is an asset.
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary team setting.
  • Experience in group facilitation is an asset.
  • Professional competencies such as assessment, intervention/treatment planning, critical thinking, judgment, documentation, program development, and case management.
  • First Aid and CPR certifications.
  • Valid driver’s license and a vehicle.

Working Conditions

This job requires a mix of sitting, standing and moving, with a balance between computer-based work assisting clients to/from group programs in a care facility (may include pushing Wheelchairs) and verbal communication. The candidate may be required to balance priorities between different stakeholders.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be a thorough list of all responsibilities, tasks, duties, knowledge, skills, and abilities required.


Application Closing Date: Friday, January 17th, 2020

Qualified applicants should click on the “Apply Now” button below or submit a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at hr@cmha.calgary.ab.ca


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