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Therapeutic Recreationist

Therapeutic Recreationist

Competition Number 
Corporate Services & Long Term Care
Posting Category 
Pioneer Ridge
Job Type 
Temporary Casual
Number of Positions 
Unifor Local 229
CA-ON-Thunder Bay
CAD $25.90/Hr.
CAD $26.95/Hr.
Pay Band 
Posted Date 
Post End Date 
Effective Date 
December 13, 2013
Supersedes Date 
January 17, 2007

More information about this job

General Information:


As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.


Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.


Application forms must reference the competition number and be submitted to Human Resources.


Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY:  Under the general supervision and direction of the Supervisor – Life Enrichment & Activation, works with the interdisciplinary team and utilizes recreation programs to promote independent functioning within the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual leisure domains.



  1. Participates in planning, implementing, and evaluating a wide range of recreation programs, including but not limited to one-on-one, small group, large group, and special events.
  2. Ensures availability of recreation supplies and that equipment is in good working order.
  3. Completes resident’s assessments and establishes care plan goals and interventions based on the residents’ identified needs.
  4. Supports new staff and effectively utilizes students and volunteer resources in the provision of programs.
  5. Completes RAI-MDS documentation and maintains accurate and complete records of programs delivered.
  6. Organizes and facilitates community integration through outings and community group interaction in in-house resident programs.
  7. Promotes an interdisciplinary approach to resident care by through ongoing liaison with other sections and families; attends interdisciplinary care conferences.
  8. Assists and supports the Residents’ Council by advocating its concerns and suggestions.
  9. Attends meetings and educational programs.
  10. Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.





  • Degree or diploma in therapeutic recreation, recreation and leisure studies with therapeutic recreation course content, kinesiology or other related field
  • Experience in therapeutic recreation programming as it relates to the needs for older adults and those with dementia and disabilities
  • Experience in working with volunteers
  • Successful completion of the Safe Food Handler training program as mandated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care 


  • A genuine interest and understanding of the needs of the elderly is necessary
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, and publishing software
  • Must be competent within the meaning of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act



  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Emergency First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Must be willing to work weekends and evenings
  • Must successfully undergo a police records check, Type 2
  • Must have successfully undergone a "two step" tuberculosis skin test within the 12 months prior to employment