Recreation Coordinator (Full-time) – Magnolia Gardens

Magnolia Gardens, in Langley, is part of the Bria Communities family, a private, locally-owned group of retirement living residences in Langley and Tsawwassen. We offer two supportive options where seniors enjoy lives enriched with purpose, friendship and happiness—independent living and long-term BriaCare™ Centres. Our mission is to work together to create safe and vibrant communities where choices are valued and seniors live active and purposeful lives.


Reporting to the Recreation Manager, the Recreation Coordinator provides input into the development, planning, coordination and implementation of activity programs to meet the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and cultural needs and interests of residents in accordance with established goals and policies. As a member of a healthcare management team, you will assess a resident’s recreation/leisure needs, abilities and interests, maintain a variety of records, plans & implements therapeutic recreation care plans, evaluates the effectiveness of interventions, and communicates with the resident/family and other health care team members.

Shift: Tuesday to Saturday

Key Responsibilities

In collaboration with the Manager of Recreation, develops, implements, controls and evaluates the departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures in a timely manner, and ensures that the required standards are met.
Identifies physical, cognitive and recreational needs of residents on an ongoing basis and plans individual and group programs to meet these needs.
Organizes and directs indoor and outdoor daily activity programs including exercise classes, entertainment, crafts, games and related activities which encourage involvement and independence.
In collaboration with the Manager of Recreation, provides ongoing support, direction and input into the recruitment, training and performance evaluation of recreation assistant(s).
Provides supervision, instruction and feedback to Recreation Assistants; volunteers, students, entertainers, music therapists, church service providers, pet therapists, etc.
With input from the Manager of Recreation, develops and implements a volunteer program through interviewing, recruitment, orientation, training, supervision and evaluation of volunteers.
Assists the Manager of Recreation in setting objectives and meeting the required standards. Measures the success of ongoing and new programs.
Completes the necessary documentation and reporting to maintain accurate records and fulfill licensing requirements.
Promotes resident participation in social, spiritual and recreational activities. Encourages participation by assisting them to and from programs and events, when necessary.
Actively participating in Resident & Family Councils. Reports any issues/concerns to the Manager of Recreation.
Coordinate & be responsible for Resident meetings in collaboration with the Manager of Recreation.
Responsible for completing admission, annual and ongoing assessments and reporting to the team at Conferences and developing and implementing therapeutic goals.
Uses good body mechanics and the proper techniques when assisting with lifts and transfers. Porters and ambulates residents in a manner that promotes safety and comfort.
Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team for developing individualized care plans to meet the resident’s needs.
Drives the bus for community outings, ensuring a pre and post inspection is made prior to using a vehicle.
In collaboration with the recreation assistant, observes and reports any changes in residents’ functional and cognitive behavior to the nurse on duty.
Ensure residents’ rights of privacy and confidentiality are maintained except in the proper operation of the business.
Attends approved work-related conferences and seminars to promote and maintain professional development. Attends in-house leadership and/or staff meetings as an Ad-Hoc member as required.
Ensure that departmental operations comply with all required Health and Safety Standards and Regulations.
Maintain a current knowledge of and complies with all Bria policies and procedures. Maintains recreation equipment and materials.

Education & Experience

University graduation or diploma in Gerontology-Based Therapeutic Recreation and/ or relevant experience in complex care, as per Licensing requirements.
Active member of the BC Therapeutic Recreation Association is desired.
Must have a current Basic First Aid/CPR Certificate. Food Safe Certificate an asset.
Must have Serving It Right Certificate.
Must have a Class 4 Driving License or willing to get a Class 4 within 6 months of hire.
Must have a minimum of three (3) years’ experience working in long term care.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess the qualities and attitude that respects and maintains the spirit, dignity and individuality of the residents and employees.
Must have the ability to speak and understand English competently and to understand written and oral instructions in English.
Must have the ability to communicate effectively, organize the departmental operations, supervise subordinates and evaluate the effectiveness of the activity department.
Must have the ability to teach residents in appropriate activities.
Must have the ability to establish and maintain good interpersonal relations by displaying tact, courtesy and patience with others in the workplace.
Must have the ability to be creative and to stimulate interest and participation of residents in the activity programs.
Must be in good health, physically and mentally able to carry out the assigned duties in the working environment.
Must have the ability to carry out significant amounts of physical movement such as lifting, bending, stooping and stretching.
Must have the ability to work independently with minimum supervision.

Competitive Extended Medical & Dental Benefits
Flex Days
Volunteer Days
Team Building Events throughout the year
Bria Summer Family BBQ & Bria Holiday Party
Club 16 / She’s Fit Gym Corporate Discount Rate
PNE / Playland Company Discount Code
Sun Run & BMO Marathon Company sponsored
Free Onsite annual Flu-Shot

Bria Communities Gives Back!
Our mission is to work together to create safe and vibrant communities where choices are valued, and seniors live active and purposeful lives. This mission also applies to our work in the larger community, where we seek to encourage, educate and enhance the lives of seniors who call Metro Vancouver home.

If you love interacting with and getting to know seniors, have exemplary customer service skills and really want to make a difference in the lives of our residents, we want to hear from you.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining how your education and experience has prepared you for this position.


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  • Expiry: 13/05/2023