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Director of Lifestyle and Leisure – Oakcrossing Retirement

London, Ontario

peopleCare was honoured as one of Canada’s 50 most engaged employers four years in a row. We are a growing family-based organization in long-term care and retirement. We strive to exceed expectations. Our staff are engaged and enthusiastic about providing excellent care to our residents. We are constantly evolving and encourage out-of-the box thinking and ideas. We are looking for talented people who embrace change with a positive attitude. Offering great wellness and recognition programs is important to us.

These are exciting times at peopleCare, and we are growing exponentially as we expand our horizons and continue to open a new world of opportunities to honour our mission to change the world of Senior Living!

We are looking for your talents and ideas. If you enjoy challenges, strive to increase efficiency, and enjoy working with people – then apply to the great leadership opportunity below!

Position Summary

As a member of the peopleCare Communities Retirement Leadership team, this position assesses the life enrichment needs of each resident related to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual needs in accordance with peopleCare standards and the Retirement Home Act, 2010 (RHA) as well as the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority (RHRA). The Director of Lifestyle & Leisure plans and directs the implementation and regular evaluation of the programs for the facility maintaining the philosophy of peopleCare.

The Director of Lifestyle & Leisure is responsible to the General Manager for the overall management of Recreation Department. This includes the effective management of all resources and cost centers and development of a strong team that will deliver optimal service to residents and families based on peopleCare standards


  • Work with the General Manager, residents and staff to develop engaging Lifestyle & Leisure programs that meet the needs of the residents.
  • Effectively manage staff and volunteers within approved budgets
  • To facilitate and provide opportunities for meaningful recreational programs.
  • Ensure policies, procedures, processes and systems are in place and being monitored.
  • To promote Resident autonomy, independence and advocacy, including Residents’ rights and a culture of non-abuse. Promoting resident’s town hall and attending meetings as required.
  • Develops and prepares communication tools such as newsletters, posters, notices and calendars designed to provide the residents, seniors located in the community and volunteers with information related to current and future activities and special events;
  • Maintains all required records, reports, statistics in accordance with policies and procedures and legislative requirements
  • Coordinates the volunteer program for the Home, including recruiting and orienting volunteers
  • Provides work direction, instruction and guidance to department staff and audits
  • Ensures department complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and any Collective Agreements
  • Ensures the staff are knowledgeable related to the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Keeps informed and current on changes to Health and Safety legislation
  • Ensures department maintains a safe workplace environment through implementation of safe work practices and service guidelines
  • Operates computer systems within organizational established technology standards
  • Orientates new and existing staff as required
  • Participates in committees/teams/task forces related to health, safety and Infection Control
  • Establishes and maintains communications within the department and with other departments to ensure the needs of the residents are met
  • Orders and maintains department supplies
  • Liaises and consults with RHRA inspectors and professionals in relation to the needs of residents and department activities
  • Is a competent Worker as defined by the Occupational Health & Safety Act.


  • Post-secondary diploma or degree from a recognized institution in the field of recreation/activation, therapeutic recreation, wellness, gerontology, kinesiology or a related field
  • Certifications or training in gerontology, senior’s fitness, Dementia/Alzheimer’s, SmartServe, Food Handling and volunteer management are considered an asset
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience working in recreation and one (1) year of leadership experience working with mature adults and seniors in a related setting
  • Previous experience working with seniors or in an adult wellness program
  • Knowledge of community resources, service development
  • Current certification in CPR/first aid
  • Business management background and skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills to respectfully and compassionately work with older adults and their families
  • Must provide a complete and current (within six months) Vulnerable Sector Check (including a Criminal Background Check) or be willing to obtain one.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

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