The Link is hiring! Come grow with Us, walk along side people in our community as we grow strong & resilient together. We are seeking candidates with strong character that share our vision for a brighter future; people of action who can support the resilience and potential in people. We honour and strive to model through our actions the traditional Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe: Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility & Truth.

SALARY: $18.00 per hour for casual and full-time roles. Full-time roles are eligible for paid time off, paid sick leave and benefits. Mileage is paid for based on company policy for candidates commuting 25KM or more.

HOURS OF WORK: Hours are not guaranteed as a casual employee. This position requires you to work varied hours-Days, Evenings, Weekends, and Overnights.


SUMMARY: The Link is looking for an experienced Youth Care Practitioner (YCP) within the Healing Homes service area. YCPs are responsible for providing specialized care for the youth in the Healing Homes program. YCPs ensure that programming is provided for the youth within the healing philosophy of The Link.

Types of Shifts Available: 1 Full-time overnight shift and 2 Full-time days/evenings/weekends with various casual opportunities available.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES of the YCP include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, manage, facilitate, and direct all daily program activities as well as implement household routines.
  • Engage  with young people in a manner designed to help them achieve their goals.
  • Work as part of the team to ensure consistency in the youths experiences and healing plans as based on the established goals.
  • Intervene into daily life events to help the young person achieve their goals and connect to their experiences in a manner designed to help them achieve their goals.
  • Participate with the team in making informed culturally responsive decisions regarding therapeutic activities  based on observations and interactions with the young people and their knowledge of the young persons culture.
  • Active involvement with youth in developmentally appropriate activities within the home, in the community and with their families with a view towards their growth and development and reaching the goals they have set.
  • Encourage young people to develop engagement with community activities that will provide ongoing support.
  • Teach the youth about a holistic approach to life that includes physical, social, emotional, and spiritual domains and the life skills that support the approach.
  • Assist with all procedures and routines related to health and safety of staff and youth and the importance of a safe environment. Assist with maintenance and cleanliness of physical property, building and yard.
  • Involvement in learning opportunities and development of an attitude that promotes a growth mindset in young people.
  • Display an attitude that promotes positive teamwork and exhibits a high degree of positive role modelling for young people.
  • Participate in the assignment of any other job-related tasks as requested by the Supervisor, Manager of Healing Homes, Director of Youth Care Services, and/or CEO.



The successful candidate should demonstrate the following competencies, which incorporate the Seven Sacred Teachings.

  • Certificate or diploma in Child & Youth Care (other combinations of education and experience may be considered)
  • Two years experience working with at-risk youth
  • Knowledge of trauma and resilience informed care as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong counseling skills and experience in behavior management
  • Valid drivers license and acceptable drivers abstract (subject to approval)
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C and Mental Health First Aid & Safe Talk will be considered an asset
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search, a clear Child Abuse Registry check with acceptable Prior Contact checks and a clear Adult Abuse Registry check, all done within the last 3 months
  • ASIST Certificate (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and NVCI Certificate (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training) preferred
  • Training in The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events (DLE)
  • Training in Therapeutic Crisis Solutions (TCS)
  • Knowledge of Indigenous customs, traditions, and beliefs will be considered an asset.

**Valid drivers license and use of personal vehicle is a requirement for this position**


HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must demonstrate in their resume and cover letter how they meet the requirements of the position.

Please submit a cover letter and resume (in word of PDF).

The Link is an equal opportunity employer, Indigenous people, women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Link is committed to developing and retaining a diverse workforce. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For further information about our other employment and volunteer opportunities please visit

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If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 204-712-3200 or and we would be happy to assist you!