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Employment Opportunity

Full-time Aboriginal Child & Youth Counsellor

Huli’tun Health Society has an immediate opportunity for Full-time Aboriginal Child & Youth Counselor. The 35 hours per week will include some late afternoon and evening shifts, as well as day-time, but flexible to meet the needs of programs and services. Reporting directly to the Health Director, the Full-time Aboriginal Child & Youth Counselor is required to provide counseling for youth programs for Halalt and Lyackson Nations. They will work closely with a multidisciplinary mental health team to ensure that child and youth services promote their physical, mental, emotional, cultural/spiritual well-being. Building and maintaining both internal and external partner relations is a key component to the success of this role and program. The Aboriginal Child & Youth Counsellor will support youth with their personal issues and make referrals to our external partners, as required and is largely working on an outreach basis currently.


  • Building trusting and lasting relationships with internal and external partners and other mental health agencies;
  • Developing supportive relationships with children, youth and families;
  • Providing one to one and group support to clients;
  • Program development; developing and implementing programs and strategies that are new and current practices;
  • Completing need assessments and developing service plans;
  • Collaborating with School Districts and individual schools where the Member Nation Youth attend, to bridge relationships and programs that will elevate access to support mental health wellness for youth
  • Referring youth other external agencies, as necessary, to create supporting links to appropriate services;
  • Working closely and cooperatively with the Mental Health Team;
  • Assisting the Child & Youth Care Workers in developing programs, identifying, organizing and mobilizing resources for youth programs/activities/initiatives;
  • Providing one to one support;
  • Supervising and facilitating groups;
  • Organizing events and delivering workshops or materials in support of program goals.


  • Work in a stressful environment often dealing with crisis situations;
  • Work a flexible schedule, mostly later afternoon/early evening shifts;
  • Well-developed interpersonal, conflict resolution, oral and written communication skills;
  • Maintain excellent organization, time and general management skills;
  • Working as part of an effective team with other program staff and community professionals;
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of Coast Salish culture, activities and resources;
  • Maintain strict client confidentiality and ensures that files and records are stored in a secured location and fashion
  • Recommend improved policy and process changes to the Mental Health Counsellor (Team Lead)
  • Participate as a member of groups, committees and teams for a variety of events, as appropriate
  • Assist in writing proposals and accessing external funding to operate recreation programs for youth
  • Data entry into client-based tracking system
  • Maintain a positive attitude, take initiative and be a team player
  • Communicate effectively, using a positive approach that is solutions focused
  • Follow HHS policies and procedures and maintain service standards at the Accreditation Canada level
  • Computer skills including the ability to prepare spreadsheets, word-processing programs, email and internet access
  • Attends staff meetings as required
  • All other related duties in a back-up capacity


  • Child & Youth Counsellor Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree programs, or relative areas of study
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with Aboriginal youth preferred
  • Completion of Grade 12
  • Valid First Aid Standard CPR Certification
  • Authorize and pass a Criminal Record Check
  • Provide a clean Driver’s abstract

Please quote the F-T Aboriginal Child & Youth Counsellor position when submitting your cover letter, resume and three references on or before the deadline of 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2019 to:

Michel Woolner, HR & Strategic Director H’ulh-etun Health Society
8019 Chemainus Road, Chemainus

EMAIL: or FAX to 250-246-9537

Location: Chemainus, BC
Region: South Vancouver Island
Professional Categories: Parks & Recreation,Social Services
Posted: November 6, 2019, 11:33 am
Expires: November 20, 2019, 4:00 pm