Recreation Coordinator

New Dawn Homecare

About the Position

The Recreation Coordinator is responsible for developing meaningful recreation programming for New Dawn Homecare clients/Cove Retirement Living residents. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the Recreation Coordinator is responsible to develop, execute, and evaluate all recreation services offered that align with the National Wellness Institute’s Six Dimensions of Wellness, encouraging participation from clients, and keeping track of key metrics such as attendance, client satisfaction and overall improvements in client wellbeing over time.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, implement, direct, evaluate and promote recreational programming and activities that meet the National Wellness Institute’s Six Dimensions of Wellness
  • Foster an environment where clients feel comfortable participating in activities
  • Work with management to prepare proposals for funding (grants, sponsorships, etc.)
  • Interact with staff, management, clients, volunteers, public and external partners and agencies to provide program needs and relevant information
  • Ensure that program facilities, spaces, equipment and supplies meet health and safety standards, make suggestions to management about procuring new equipment as required
  • Perform administrative tasks to support programming
  • Address and report incidents, problems and emergencies as outlined in policy and procedures
  • Encourage resident participation in activities and evaluate attendance, satisfaction with programming, as well as overall health and well-being improvements over time
  • Provide a combination of large group, small group, and 1-on-1 activities to ensure individual needs are served
  • Create and administer a monthly recreation schedule with various activities
  • Arrange set up, clean up/tear down for activities
  • Participate in internal team meetings as required
  • Look for potential improvements and help implement solutions
  • Maintain quality, safety and the confidentiality of employees, clients, and volunteers
  • Maintain professionalism, tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity so as to portray New Dawn in a positive manner, consistent with its values and vision
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, engaging in professional networks, and participating in professional organizations
  • Respond to the needs of others with effective communication, mutual respect, and consistent follow-through to build trust and workplace relationships
  • Promote the mission and values of New Dawn both internally and externally
  • Other duties as assigned by the Manager, New Dawn Homecare

Core Competencies 

  • Servant leadership
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Client and community-focused
  • Initiative and problem solving
  • Accountability & dependability
  • Strong oral and written communication focused on building trust-filled relationships
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Detail orientation
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership


  • Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation
  • One (1) year experience developing, implementing, organizing and evaluating recreation programs and services for seniors
  • Consideration will be given to those with vast related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Current CPR & First Aid certification
  • Current (within 6 months) Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Experience working with and advocating for vulnerable populations
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and with guidance from others
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with others; to work together towards a shared goal
  • Highly organized and ability to work well under pressure
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite of programs and applications
  • High level of integrity, confidentiality, and accountability
  • Understands servant leadership and community-focus as central to the work

About New Dawn

New Dawn Enterprises Limited is a private, volunteer-directed non-profit social enterprise dedicated to community building. It seeks to identify community needs and to establish and operate ventures that speak to those needs.

Incorporated in 1976, New Dawn is the oldest Community Development Corporation in Canada. Today it employs 150 people across 10 companies: New Dawn Homecare, New Dawn Guest Home and New Dawn Home Living, New Dawn Meals on Wheels, the Eltuek Arts Centre, Café Marie, New Dawn Properties, Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration, New Dawn Centre, and New Dawn Community Engagement.

All of its work is in service of building a more vibrant and self-reliant Unama’ki-Cape Breton Island.