Community Wellness Worker

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Author pmnationtalk
Date March 20, 2023
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association
Location Kenora, ON
Category Community Services
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Community Wellness Worker

*Indigenous Women are encouraged to apply. First preference will be given to all qualified Indigenous applicants.**

Why make ONWA your career choice?

Make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples by supporting and advocating for positive change. ONWA prides itself on providing all employees with a total rewards package that is generous and supports our workforce and their family members:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous paid vacation time
  • Paid time off at Christmas above paid vacation time
  • Additional paid stat and civic holidays
  • 35-hour work week
  • Comprehensive benefits program including health, paramedical, dental, vision, and EAP. All premiums are covered by the employer.
  • Healthcare Spending Account and Lifestyle Spending Account
  • Competitive Retirement Savings Plan up to 16% with organization match the pending position
  • Paid sick days
  • Paid cultural/personal wellness days
  • Flexible scheduling to support work-life balance
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Possible reimbursement on a portion of cell phone and internet expenses
  • Remote/hybrid work offered for various positions


At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honor the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community, provincially, nationally, and internationally for generations to come.


The Community Wellness Worker is responsible to develop, provide, facilitate and/or coordinate a variety of local programming relating to reducing or preventing family and community violence, including community-based family violence awareness and prevention education campaigns or activities in local settings (i.e. schools) or at local community events (i.e. Pow-Wows and health fairs).  Implementing the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy at the local level in order to reduce family violence, promote healthy lifestyles through culture-based programming and healing.


  • A minimum diploma in the Health or Human Services field from an accredited University or College, and/or equivalent knowledge and 3-5 years’ work experience in the relevant area.
  • Knowledge and experience in community-based program services delivery.
  • Experience in dealing with Indigenous Family dynamics and Indigenous communities.
  • Demonstrated excellent administrative duties.
  • Knowledge and working of Not-For Profit Organizations.
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management and presentation skills with the ability to follow through on assigned duties independently within strict deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communications, with emphasis on keen listening and ability to effectively interpret verbal communications and needs of prospective Community Members.
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office; competency working with other databases.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues facing Indigenous Women and their families.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Software, internet, and general office equipment.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • Valid G Class Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check.  Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • A cellular phone and internet access is required within this position
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible working from home arrangement if required.  This may include a combination of virtual remote work in your home and in office arrangements.  This will be based on operational needs and will be determined by the ONWA.
  • Ability/willingness to travel and to work flexible hours.
  • ONWA is committed on implementing measures to protect its community members, staff, and other stakeholders from COVID-19. As a result, ONWA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Exemptions will be made for those with a valid medical exemption; proof of the exemption will be required


  1. Referrals to/service co-ordination of counseling, legal and/or treatment services for individuals and families experiencing a crisis or trauma, including liaison with non-Indigenous services to facilitate case management.
  2. The Community Wellness Worker shall also be responsible for:
  3. Individuals and Families (Community Member Based Activities)
  4. To identify and assess families and/or individuals in need of healing and wellness services
  5. To provide emergency services to violent family situations including support and follow up
  6. To refer victims to appropriate services
  7. To promote Indigenous culture-based family healing
  8. To support the development of healing circles, peer support groups and self-help processes to assist in community healing, anger management, positive self-image development, alternative discipline methods and positive relationships
  9. To work with other community service providers to promote a coordinated approach to healing and wellness
  10. To provide ongoing liaison service and follow up to ensure family and individual needs are being met
  11. Community (Participant Based Activities)
  12. To promote healthy lifestyles by conducting workshops, seminars, and public education forums
  13. To facilitate community events to promote healing, wellness, addictions free activities, positive parenting, family interaction and cultural awareness
  14. To participate in the development and establishment of culturally sensitive services which address family healing and wellness
  15. To facilitate the involvement of elders, senators, and traditional people, who have undergone their own healing and wellness journey, in the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Program.
  16. Other Community Services (Networking)
  17. To establish a system of referrals
  18. To assist, upon request, non-Indigenous agencies in order to ensure that Indigenous Community Members receive the service and support they require
  19. To promote linkages amongst community agencies so that the Indigenous community will have greater access to holistic healing and wellness approaches
  20. To facilitate the understanding and support of community agencies for the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy
  21. All other duties as assigned.


The Community Wellness Worker will be directly accountable to the Branch Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

As Indigenous leaders, ONWA is continuing full operations including hiring, while working from home, as supporting our community members is a priority.  ONWA is scheduling all interviews, and providing all training, onboarding, and orientation for new employees, through the use of virtual tools.  We will continue to accommodate remote and home-based work arrangements in an effort to keep our ONWA employees healthy and safe.

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