The Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo are committed to the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in municipal summer recreation programs. Through the Every Kid Counts program children and youth with physical, developmental and/or emotional/behavioural needs receive support from inclusion workers to assist with their participation in municipal summer recreation programs.
Position Overview and Personal Characteristics of an Inclusion Support Worker:
As an Inclusion Support Worker, you will provide 1:1 support to a child in a municipal camp. You will have a strong interest in learning about and connecting with your camper and will provide unique supports and accommodations encouraging maximum participation. You are excited about removing program barriers and helping others. You will work closely with camp staff to provide the best camp experience for not just your camper, but the camp as a whole. You are not afraid to be silly, and to take on the “if at first you don’t succeed… try, try again!” approach. Inclusion Workers are:
- Flexible, patient, accepting
- Professional, prompt, reliable and dedicated
- Team players
- Creative, enthusiastic , optimistic and confident
- Good humored, calm and adaptive
- Provides support to children and youth with physical, developmental and/or emotional/ behavioral disabilities following established procedures and accommodation plans
- Utilizes a variety of behavior management interventions and strategies
- Builds rapport and works collaboratively with multiple summer staff teams across various sites
- Assists program participants with physical assistance and personal care, including support during mealtimes and time away from the group if needed
- Supports camp staff to ensure activities are adapted/modified as necessary
- Administers authorized medication to participants, noting details on appropriate form.
- Communicates with parents/caregivers in a constructive, positive manner, providing daily feedback and supporting the maintenance of meaningful relationships with families
- Monitors program participants and ensures safe practices.
- Completes forms and reports including accident/incident reports, personal care forms, and participant strategy forms.
- Takes on a supportive role at designated times, providing relief to other support workers and providing consultation visits to various sites when requested by the coordination team.
- Provides first aid as required.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Must have minimum Grade 12 diploma plus up to 1 year of additional job related post-secondary education.
- Must have Current Standard First Aid, CPR-C certification as of June 1, 2018
- Must be willing to obtain a current and satisfactory police reference check – vulnerable sector (issued after Jan. 31, 2018)
- Prevention and management of aggressive behaviour (post-hire)
- Must have a minimum of 3 months of related experience
- Must have experience working with children and youth with disabilities, preferably in a recreational setting
- Inclusion Support Workers work in noisy and busy day camp environments
- Camp locations vary, with some having a large outdoor component and/or swimming component.
- Ability to lift 35 pounds unassisted.
- Ability to swim/provide support in the water
- It is recommended that vaccinations are updated and current for the period of employment
Hours a week: 28-40 hours/week
Hours of work: 8:30am – 4:30pm (hours may vary)
Wage range: $18.69/hour
- No work June 25 –June 29 (may be required to work July 2)
- Not required to work August 6 for Civic Holiday
- Contract may be extended to include August 27- 31 if program demands require it.
- Some evening work required
- Preference will be given to applicants with a class G driver’s license and who have access to a vehicle for the full duration of employment
1. As per Council Policy 11-110, “Employment of Relatives of Staff Members and Elected Officials”:
• Immediate relatives of staff of the human resources division, directors, general managers, the chief
administrative officer and elected officials shall not be employed by the city in any capacity.
• Immediate relatives of all other management personnel shall not be employed within the same division (in
the case of students).
2. Applicants must be a minimum of 15 years of age or over as of the first day of employment, unless
3. Employment is conditional upon the provision of current certification in Standard First-aid (CPR, Level C)
as well as the provision of a satisfactory Police Reference Check – Vulnerable Sector (issued after Jan. 31,
2018). Any related costs are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
4. The selection of staff is based on a combination of application, resume review, interview.
5. The City of Kitchener does not guarantee employment for any applicant or returning staff.
6. Employment is conditional upon; attendance at all training sessions, submission of required
documentation/certification, adherence to the minimum age requirements and ability to meet the
Resume and Cover Letter can be send to:
Nadine McNeelands, Inclusion Coordinator