Workshop Facilitator

About us: For over 30 years, Aunt Leah’s place has helped prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self- sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training and coaching on essential life skills. We believe that youth in and from government care should have similar supports akin to their parented peers. Through family privilege young people are afforded their first employment opportunities and work experiences. Aunt Leah’s Bootstraps program is designed to replicate what families do for their teenagers and young adults to prepare them for employment as well as inspire them around careers and employment opportunities.

Job Summary: The Workshop Facilitator will design, implement, deliver, and expand workshops at Aunt Leah’s Place’s (ALP) through the Bootstraps program to create a new level of programming, funded through multiple funders such as the Province of British Columbia, represented by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and Skills Link Federal Funding, to plan, develop and implement a workshop program. The objective of the workshops is to increase the labor force participation, reduce the unemployment rate of Young Adults at Risk in British Columbia facing barriers to Employment, and provide a safe and supportive environment for the participants attending the Essential Skills Workshops.

The key areas of this position is to ensure the Bootstraps and Essential Skills Workshop Programs provide a supportive environment for youth in and from care and mothers in need to attend relevant workshops.

Reports to: Bootstraps Program Coordinator



  • Minimum 2-years post-secondary education in a relevant field of study
  • Minimum 2-years of experience in employment counselling, facilitation of life skills development and/or community engagement is valuable; or a relevant combination of education and experience
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Police Information Check from local RCMP
  • A valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Driver’s Abstract
  • Proof of vehicle business insurance and $5 million liability
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Standard First Aid
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Trauma Informed Awareness
  • Awareness & understanding around the impact on youth from trauma and inter-generational trauma resulting from colonial policies


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to act, engage and support youth through a trauma informed lens, or be willing to learn
  • Supervisory and Team building skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to identify barriers to employment and appropriately address them.
  • Ability to work closely with youth to facilitate sustainable employment, training and/or education.
  • Ability to coordinate with multiple stakeholders to ensure youth are set-up long term for employment success.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other program coordinators to incorporate and facilitate youth to access employment opportunities and training opportunities.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, including ability to manage high caseloads.
  • Excellent administrative skills including database management.


Key Duties & Responsibilities:


Essential Skills Workshop:

  • Manage, oversee and attend weekly Essential Skills workshops.
  • Plan, organize, control and direct the workshop needs from other Aunt Leah’s programs.
  • Develop or make recommendations for the development of new workshop and Essential Skill Workshop program areas.
  • Ensure workshop delivery is consistent with the society’s mandate, mission and values.
  • Evaluate workshop content and implementation on an ongoing basis.
  • Communicate with participants in a sensitive manner to provide them with a positive learning experience and a safe and secure learning environment.
  • Collaborate with Food Security Coordinator to assist and provide healthy meals before workshops.
  • Acquire and build relationships with Community Partners to facilitate workshops.
  • Facilitate workshops when needed, including back up workshops.
  • Ensure that all students follow our Training Code of Conduct.
  • Conduct program orientations for ESW rotation staff, participants and workshop facilitators.
  • Promote public awareness of and support for the program by working with the Aunt Leah’s communications team.
  • Assist with the Rona Youth Awards by receiving input from all programs in making award choices.
  • Manage and oversee committees including but not limited to Aunt Leah’s annual picnic, Youth in care week, Christmas dinner, cultural events provided during Essential Skills Workshops.


Bootstraps Employment Workshops:

  • Plan, develop, and implement workshop program activities that reflect Aunt Leah’s Mission and Values.
  • Have an in depth understanding on all levels of work within the Bootstraps program.
  • Formulate workshop program policies and procedures and evaluate the program in consultation with the Bootstraps Coordinator.
  • Oversee the day- to-day operations of the workshops by ensuring that the necessary facilities and equipment are in place, ensuring staffing levels for rotation are maintained, program guidelines and policies are adhered to, and program standards and funding requirements are met.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of the program’s workshop instructors including screening applicants, participating in interview panels and making recommendations. 
  • Supervise workshop instructors by performing duties such as, booking, providing support, equipping supplies, collection and providing feedback on performance. 
  • Determine the need for, source, and orient workshop instructors. 
  • Monitor and maintain financial records in accordance with established procedures and funding levels. 
  • Promote public awareness of and support for the program by working with the Aunt Leah’s communications team.
  • Liaise with community service providers and other professionals to coordinate service provision, facilitate referrals to the program and represent the organization or Work with the team to reach out to other private sector employers in order to create quality workshop opportunities for youth.
  • Maintain related records and statistics and produce reports as required including Quarterly Summary Report of Project Activities.
  • Provide leadership, support, and mentorship to youth, and orientation to program staff.
  • Work collaboratively with program coordinators to ensure all Aunt Leah’s Participants have access to the workshops in the Bootstraps Program.
  • Ability to act, engage and support youth through a trauma informed lens, or be willing to learn. 



  • Using effective communication skills to build trust and rapport and maintain effective working relationships with participants and staff to allow for the transfer of required information, and promote a co-operative and productive work environment. 
  • Attends team meetings, monthly Society Staff Development meetings.
  • Ensures the health & safety of workshop instructors, staff and participants and provides a work environment that is safe.
  • Follows Aunt Leah’s Society health & safety procedures.
  • Inform past youth and mothers of workshops and activities taking place on a regular basis through email, Facebook and flyers.
  • Liaise and seek direction from Bootstraps Coordinator in crisis situations.
  • Attend Society Events as directed by Bootstraps Coordinator. 
  • Follow Aunt Leah’s Policies and Procedures. 


  • Ensures all information about participants in the program is strictly confidential both internally and externally.
  • Ensures all written material is locked in the office and all phone calls regarding participants take place in the office.
  • Follows Aunt Leah’s Society Policies and Procedures and Aunt Leah’s Code of Ethics (includes Child and Youth Care Association of BC Code of Ethics, Aunt Leah’s Privacy Policy, BC Rights of Youth in care & UN Rights of the Child).

Working Conditions:

  • This position may require working some evenings and weekends and travel to various locations within Metro Vancouver.
  • This position may require facilitating and instructing some virtual workshops.
  • Working from home during the pandemic. 


This position may be required to perform other related duties that do not affect the nature of the work.

We offer: A comprehensive benefit package (for positions that are longer than 6 months in duration) that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, personal time package, and employee discount at our Thrift Store.

Hours of Work: Generally Monday to Friday (37.5 hours a week; 7.5 hours/day); may require working some evenings and weekends as well as some remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.


How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter, quoting Workshop Facilitator in the subject line, to Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest in Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society!

What We Believe

Our Values

  • 01
    All behaviour has meaning and is the human tool for communication.
  • 02
    Success is fragile and must be tended to and supported with care.
  • 03
    An individual’s artistic/soulful centre must be expressed and appreciated.
  • 04
    Celebration is essential to a successful life.
  • 05
    Community building ensures that we all have a place to go when we need support.
  • 06
    Entrepreneurial spirit builds individuals and organizations.

Why Join Us

  • You’ll tackle unique challenges - Not two days are the same and each participant has their unique story but you have what it gets and will be given the support and resources to do the best. You’ll play a role in creating a future that otherwise wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our team's entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
  • Your professional development matters - Constant learning is essential and we also like to learn together. Once a month, we all get together to participate in meaningful workshops and discussions that enhance our ability to serve our participants and our community in a better way. We also invest in your individual education and training.
  • You will be part of one of the Top 10 Impact Charities in Canada - Aunt Leah's Place has been selected as a top 10 Impact Charity, by Charity Intelligence for three years in a row. We are the only one in B.C. with this designation.
  • You will feel like you are working with family - Our participants and staff frequently comment that Aunt Leah's feels like a family. We embrace individuality, diversity, and care for each other.
  • You’ll become part of a greater mission - The overrepresentation of BIPOC people in the child-welfare system in Canada is a result of years of colonial practices. We are on a mission to change the system and reduce the number of kids who enter the foster care system. Aunt Leah's uses research, data, and stories of lived experiences to understand the challenges before us. We advocate and partner with other root grass organizations to build innovative solutions, raise awareness, and drive much needed systemic changes.
  • We've got great leaders - Our leadership team rolls their sleeves up,  lead by example, openly recognize individual contributions and fully understand that we are humans with unique strengths and challenges. Their combined experience, sense of humour, and development skills, make it really easy to get up and go to work every day.

What We Offer

Besides a great workplace culture, we offer a generous benefits package (Dental and Extended Health Care), RRSP matching program, a generous vacation, and personal time package and employee discounts at our Thrift Store.

Every dollar counts

Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.