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Child and Youth Summer Students (2)

Women’s Place of South Niagara, in coordination with Service Canada, currently has two positions available for Child and Youth Summer Students.
Nova House (Niagara Falls) 10 Weeks for 35 hours per week
Serenity Place (Welland) 10 weeks for 35 hours per week
The Child and Youth Summer Student will work within the Child and Youth department supporting the Child and Youth Advocate when working with women and children escaping domestic violence.

The Child and Youth Summer Student will work within the context of the mission statement of Women’s Place of South Niagara. The summer student will understand and respect Women’s Place value statement and conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner at all times.

Criteria as per Service Canada:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 30 years old at the start of employment
  • Was registered as a full –time student during the preceding academic year
  • Intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year
  • Is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program
  • Is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the immigration and refugee protection act
  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant/territorial legislation and regulation
  • Preference will be given to those in the chosen field of social work and or child and youth studies.

The Child and Youth Summer Student will demonstrate:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledge of shelter services
  • Understanding of domestic violence and its impact on families
  • The effects of child witnessing domestic violence
  • Demonstrate flexibility and reliability
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Enthusiasm, initiative and creativity


  • Shadow & observe the Child and Youth Advocate in the delivery of programming with mothers and children (safety planning, orientations, intake etc.)
  • Provide parenting support to mothers
  • Provide educational intervention to mothers
  • Provide referrals to community agencies/support groups
  • Deliver children intake and orientation
  • Plan, develop and implement a scheduled recreation program for children in shelter
  • Develop new activities and games for children of varying ages and stages in shelter
  • Research, develop, update child and youth resources and/or activities
  • Provide child care
  • Clean and organize playroom, craft room and teen lounge area
  • Disinfect toys and equipment
  • Assist with administrative tasks

Please send your resume to Shannon at cynova@wpsn.ca by June 21, 2017. Specify which location(s) you are applying for in your cover letter.

Relief Counsellor – Job Summary (ongoing posting)

As the ideal candidate you have a Post Secondary Education in Social Work or related field as well as experience counselling women and children who have experienced abuse. Successful candidates will have the ability to handle a crisis, work in a team, carry out independent and group decision making, and handle several tasks simultaneously. Strong organizational and written and verbal communication skills is a must. Proficiency is second language is considered an asset.


  • As a Relief Counsellor, you provide crisis intervention and community referrals to telephone/crisis callers, office visits and in-house residents.
  • Maintain an active knowledge and list of various community service providers to effectively service clients.
  • Determine eligibility of women requesting entry into the shelter as a possible resident.
  • Assist women in identifying their needs, exploring options and resources; educating the women on the issue of abuse and providing support to the families in order for them to make decisions and formulate plans.
  • You will provide in-house orientation with new residents and oversee communal living requirements as well as facilitate meetings to assist residents with conflict resolution and clarification of house guidelines. Ensure that all Family and Children’s Services reporting requirements are adhered to and that a professional working relationship is maintained.


  • Hours vary, as needed

This is an ongoing posting and resumes will be considered as vacancies become available. All interested applicants should send their resume with accompanying cover letter to:

Jennifer De Angelis
Program Manager
e: ProgMgr@wpsn.ca

PO Box 853
Niagara Falls ON  L2E 6V6

Women’s Place of South Niagara is an equal opportunity employer.  In accordance with the AODA (Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), Women’s Place will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and / or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  If you require disability-related accommodations, please inform the Executive Director.  All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Women’s Place of South Niagara is committed to a diverse workplace and to delivering inclusive services.  Applications are encouraged from all backgrounds.

We thank all applicants for their interest in our agency; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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