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Community Chef  

Full-Time/Part-Time Casual  
Status Temporary  
Opportunities Available 7 hours per week, Monday shift including some evenings. Location is at 29 Van Lang Private  
Category Health Promotion/Counselling  
Open Date 11/28/2022  
Close Date 12/9/2022  

Carlington Community Health Centre is looking for a talented and motivated Community Chef to join their Health Promotion and Counselling Team to provide leadership in the Westboro/Van Lang Community Kitchen. The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about good food, and works within the frameworks of community development and health equity. The Community Chef has a good understanding for the power of food and the many positive impacts it can bring: from supporting the health and social wellbeing of our community members, to building strong social ties to supporting local farmers. The Community Chef will possess strong leadership skills balanced with an ability to create a supportive environment for a diverse team of volunteers, enabling them to hone in on their own food and leadership skills.


Meal Planning and Preparation:

  • Plan menus for the Community Meal program reflect our philosophy and commitment to healthy food.
  • Support and oversee a team of volunteers.
  • Provide basic training and instruction to volunteers.
  • Provide leadership to the community meal preparation.
  • Oversee health and safety in the kitchen.
  • Attend and support local Kitchen Committee meetings.

Coordination of the Kitchen:

  • Source, order, and manage inventory of food for meals and basic kitchen supplies.
  • Liaise with other agencies and businesses for procurement and partnerships.
  • Manage annual budget for meals, including food for meals and supplies.
  • Ensure high standard of health and safety in the kitchen space.
  • Oversee maintenance of equipment and resources in the kitchen.
  • Support other program staff, volunteers and community members to develop cooking skills.
  • Engage in cooking demonstrations.
  • Advocate for healthy food in our community.
Position Requirements


Qualifications and Experience:

  • 3 years of experience with large-scale food preparation and kitchen leadership.
  • Diploma in a related field of study (culinary, nutrition, social work) an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and prepare healthy, nutritious, and delicious meals for 100-150 people.
  • Experience with budgeting, sourcing food, and working with suppliers.
  • Experience working with volunteers and supervisory skills an asset.
  • Experience with program planning and evaluation.
  • Experience with community and social services sector through work or volunteer experience.
  • Safe Food Handling Certification or equivalent.

Key Competencies

  • Commitment to and knowledge of food security issues, knowledge of nutrition.
  • Proven ability to establish appropriate relationships with staff and community members.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills; flexibility; ability to adapt to changing situations.
  • Ability to work in a fast environment, taking initiative and has a motivated attitude.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and various software applications, including Microsoft Office programs, client database software, and electronic record keeping in a client services setting.
  • Experience in a non-profit, community based organization.

Linguistic Profile

  • This position is not designated under Carlington’s French Language Services Plan
  • Fluency in English is essential.
  • French/English bilingualism is preferred.
  • A third language relevant to our client population is an asset.

Personal Suitability

  • Sensitivity to the needs of marginalized and diverse clientele.
  • Commitment to health promotion concepts, strategies, and philosophy.
  • Commitment to community-based health care and social services, and strength-based philosophy and practices.


  • Location: 29 Van Lang Private
  • Days: Mondays
  • Hours: 7 hours/week, including some evenings
Salary Range $20.00 per hour  
Reports to Director of Health Promotion and Counselling  
Position Community Chef  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Brittany Bourdon  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number HEA-22-00002  
Location 900 Merivale and Community locations  
About the Organization Carlington Community Health Centre is a non-profit organization that puts today's most pressing health care challenges at the heart of their service delivery. We turn to the best professionals and employees to help improve the health and well-being of our community. We build trusting relationships with our clients and deliver quality services through a wide range of health and social services to parents and children, youth and teens, adults, and seniors.

We look to help community members resolve problems and advance concerns in the community by providing organizational support and advocacy assistance to local groups and associations.

Our mission is to improve, support and promote the health and well-being of the people and diverse communities we serve!
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

CCHC is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from the BIPOC, LGBTQ+ communities and persons with disabilities.  
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