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Department Syl Apps Youth Centre Youth Justice Date Posted 10/11/2017

Position Type Relief Reference No. 2017-2191

LocationGTA, Ontario, Canada

Kinark Child and Family Services is a leading child and youth service organization in Ontario, which provides a wide range of evidence-based services that include individual, family and group counseling for children and youth with complex needs and their families.  Kinark’s three program streams include: Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism, and Forensic Mental Health/Youth Justice.


Syl Apps Youth Centre (Syl Apps) is a secure youth mental health facility in Oakville that can provide support for up to 48 youth at a time. Syl Apps operates three programs: (1) Secure treatment (mandated by the Child & Family Services Act—CFSA) (males and females) ;  (2) Secure detention and custody (mandated by the Youth Criminal Justice Act—YCJA) (males and females); and (3) It is also the only facility in Ontario designated to accept youth by order of the Ontario Review Board.   We are committed to providing a range of services and a high standard of care for young people and their families.


Join us in further developing Syl Apps as a Centre of Excellence. 

Want to help children and youth with complex needs?

Come join our team!


Kinark: Helping children and youth with complex needs achieve better life outcomes.

We currently have several opportunities for:


Relief Cook

2 x Relief – There is no guarantee of hours

Syl Apps Youth Centre – Oakville



Job Summary:

Reporting to the Business Manager, the Cook will assist in the preparation and distribution of meals and snacks to the residential units. 


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and deliver meals to the residential program units.

  • Assist with preparation of meals as required.

  • Maintain cleanliness of main kitchen area.
  • Ensure security of all cutlery and cooking utensils while serving.



  • Minimum High School Graduate.

  • Two years’ experience with cooking, cleaning and sanitation procedures for large kitchens and equipment preferred.

  • Current Food Handling Certificate.

  • Knowledge of volume food preparation.

  • Must be able to meet the physical demands of the job.

  • Creativity with recipes and menus to prepare meals for adolescents.     

  • Experience in a secure residential setting would be considered an asset.

  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Screening) and Pre-Employment Medical. 
  • Candidates Bilingual in English and French will be given special consideration.


Interested applicants should submit their resumes via:


Kinark Child and Family Services values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.  We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.  We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’).   If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at or (905) 474-9595.


While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only, and not for any other purpose.

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity and to build a career in an innovative and dynamic organization, submit your resume by clicking on Apply Now below.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Kinark Child and Family Services is an equal opportunity employer.
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