Kitchen Assistant

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Position: Kitchen Assistant
Location: Avalon Y, 2080 Portobello Blvd., Ottawa
Type: Contract ends April 28, 2023 Maternity Replacement
Preferred start date: Monday, Aug 30, 2021
Closing date: Friday, Aug 06, 2021


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in the National Capital Region, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide meaningful solutions. Serving more than 90,000 children, youth, and adults across our region annually, we are committed to promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, and respect, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.

Nature and Scope           

The National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA Licensed Child Care programs provide quality care for 250 children and their families across the region. Each centre offers care for different age groups ranging from 18 months to 12 years of age.  The Child Care programs operate year-round focusing on healthy child development in an inviting and nurturing environment.  Also, parents play an integral role in our program through mutual respect as partners in fostering a positive experience in which their children can grow and develop.

The Kitchen Assistant is accountable to the Senior Coordinator and will function as a team member responsible for overseeing the function of the kitchen, ensuring that meals and afternoon snacks are delivered to the program rooms in a timely fashion.  The Kitchen Assistant will also provide support to the teachers during busy transition times at the lunch hour allowing Teachers the time to focus on the children.

The Kitchen Assistant must be courteous and professional in dealing with parents, all members, and the general public, exemplifying YMCA-YWCA values and maintaining a high standard of work ethic.


Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Deliver lunches to the program rooms.
  • Ensure that the staffs have the necessary items for lunch distribution.
  • After lunch, ensure all leftover food and dishes are tidied up and stored according to Public Health Guidelines
  • Clean, wash, sterilize, and store all dishes as per Public Health Guidelines.
  • Carry out housekeeping duties as required.
  • Thoroughly rinse all catering dishes supplied, leaving them with the hot box to be returned to the caterer.
  • Set out afternoon snacks and appropriate dishes on the trolleys for staff.
  • In consultation with the child care coordinator, program staff, and the caterer, ensure that appropriate substitute meals and snacks are provided for children with food allergies and/or dietary restrictions.
  • Be familiar with all YMCA-YWCA service expectations and guidelines.
  • Attend staff meetings and training seminars as required.
  • In the event, you are unable to fulfill the responsibilities of your regular shift, ensure an adequate replacement is secured, and inform the immediate supervisor.
  • Obtain Food Handler certification

Core Competencies

  • Communication:  Communicates in a thorough, clear, and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the Association.
  • Integrity:  Demonstrates responsible behaviour at all times and maintains high ethical standards.
  • Teamwork:  Participates actively in a team for organizational effectiveness.  Creates an atmosphere of trust amongst all team members. 
  • Concern For Health And Safety:  Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others on risk and harm reduction.
  • Creativity and Innovation:  Plans and implements quality programming in a developmentally appropriate environment.


  • Must have Food handler’s Certificate (current)
  • Valid Standard first aid, CPR, and Criminal Reference check for the vulnerable sector
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Basic knowledge of child development and experience working with children
  • High level of interpersonal and written skills


  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required 
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.

How to Apply                                            

Cover letter and resume must be submitted no later than the closing date to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, Attn:  Cass Vallee, hiring manager:

Please use the position title as the subject line in your application e-mail.               

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during the application or selection process.  We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.  Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to providing a safe environment for children.  Candidates will be thoroughly screened using background checks and a review process.

Thank you for your interest.  Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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