Seniors Fitness Program Worker (Fitness, Health & Wellness)

Expiry Date


Posting Type

Internal /External

Contract Type 

Permanent, Full time – 35 hours/week evening hours, and occasional Saturdays

Short Description

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services (AAMHCS) is a Community Health Centre that aims to provide services and addresses system inequities to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. The Centre envisions a future in which Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity.

The Seniors Program at Access Alliance provides fitness and recreational programming and outreach to immigrant and refugee seniors (55+) and their communities, living in Toronto, with a particular focus on those living in the Syme-Woolner (west Toronto) and Crescent Town/Teesdale (east Toronto) neighborhoods.

We are looking for a dynamic individual who is creative, innovative and able to think ‘outside the box’ to become part of our Seniors Team. Experienced in seniors’ health and wellness, the Seniors Program Worker – Fitness, Health & Wellness will coordinate and facilitate programs with newcomer and immigrant seniors. The position is responsible for conducting outreach, delivering programs, facilitating workshops / sessions / programs/events, and supporting evaluation of programs.


  • Leads and conducts recreational/fitness classes and health education workshops at various sites and locations
  • Co-ordinate and lead seniors’ events, gatherings and field trips
  • Network with other organizations and community groups to conduct successful outreach to newcomer seniors and older adults
  • Identify and support the development of formal/informal partnerships with other agencies
  • Recruit, orient, train and direct volunteers, peers and students to assist with outreach, programs and event delivery including seniors advisory committee to support the development of the Seniors Program
  • As assigned, participate in and support research on health and community needs involving and mobilizing the community of interest around the research
  • Contribute to developing perspectives, which inform programs and service planning, community activities and capacity building
  • Support initiatives with educational and other institutions to promote the availability of the Centre as a learning site
  • Conduct needs assessments to map seniors recreational fitness programs in Toronto
  • Plan and evaluate groups, workshops, events, etc.
  • Participate in Centre and Board committees, work groups, projects, and chair and or take minutes at such meetings as may be required
  • Identify the need for or participate in the development of policies and protocols
  • Develop an annual program plan and a work plan in conjunction with your supervisor, identifying action plans, learning goals and professional development needs
  • Submit program statistics and reports on a timely basis
  • Support the development of funding proposals for future programs
  • Carry out other duties as may be assigned from time to time

SKILLS AND Qualifications:

Minimum Criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, Social Work, Human Kinetics/Kinesiology, Physical Education/current certification to undertake responsibilities of a fitness instructor or a combination of relevant education and work experience
  • Recent, valid CPR and First Aid Certificates
  • Minimum 3 years front-line experience in community-based work doing outreach and group facilitation
  • Willingness to work toward Seniors Fitness Instructor Certification
  • Good knowledge of health promotion, health education and health issues affecting newcomer communities
  • Experienced in running programs and activities, organizing special events, coordinating engagement of other staff, volunteers, students and community members
  • Experience working with low-income, multiracial, multilingual, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and seniors
  • Experience working in inter-disciplinary teams

Other Skills and Qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of community resources and services available to immigrant and refugee seniors
  • Ability to identify partnerships and make connections in the community
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with crisis and conflict, and to maintain appropriate boundaries
  • Demonstrated problem-solving, organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to multitask, work under pressure and adhere to deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team
  • Excellent computer skills, including ability to use Instagram, Canva, Microsoft 365, Slack, SalesForce, etc.
  • Ability to think in creative, innovative ways and utilize social media
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in English.  At least one of the following languages would be an asset: Arabic, Bengali, Tigrinya, Amharic, Romani, Somali, Tagalog
  • Ability to travel within Toronto and to work evenings and weekends
  • Experience coordinating volunteers an asset

Salary: $49,972 – $60,208 per annum

Hours: Full time (35 hours)

Bargaining Unit position: United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 175

Classification: CHW

Access Alliance offers comprehensive group benefits coverage, annual vacation entitlement, cumulative sick leave entitlement, employee assistance programs. Access Alliance is a HOOPP employer. 

With “Seniors Program Worker – Fitness, Health & Wellness” in the subject heading and including examples of direct work experience with seniors in the cover letter,

please send your resume and cover letter by May 11, 2023 at 11:59pm to:

        by E-mail:    

        by Regular Mail:  Hiring Committee, Seniors Program Worker  – Fitness, Health &                        Wellness                                 

        Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

        340 College Street, Suite 500, Toronto, ON, M5T 3A9

No phone calls please.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will receive acknowledgement. Please note that a criminal background check (Vulnerable sector) will be conducted for this position.

We encourage applications from individuals who reflect the broad diversity of communities we work with, including those from racialized and LGBTQ communities.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

Access Alliance encourages a scent-free environment. Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, lotions, hairspray, etc) while at the Centre. 

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