Kitchen Trainer – Casual Relief
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada
1d ago

The Kitchen Trainer will ensure the provision of the food program within the drop-in Centre. She will work with Centre volunteers in all aspects of the Kitchen including in the planning, preparation, and serving of up to 350 meals per day.

Integrating a community-based approach into the DEWC is the primary principle to guide this position with the goal of engaging centre members in the functioning and responsibility of the kitchen.

The Kitchen Trainer is to provide a relevant training program for Centre Volunteers in all aspects of cooking in a busy and chaotic drop-in Centre including meal planning and preparation, cleaning and maintenance, customer service skills, stock taking and ordering.

Meal Preparation : Ability to prep, cook, and serve meals to over 350 women / day in a busy, chaotic, fast-paced environment.

Ensures food quality, and respectful service to DEWC members.

Volunteer Support : Actively participates as a team member of the volunteer program in collaboration with the Skills Development Coordinator to support, train and manage volunteers from the community.

Responsible for communicating effectively and respectfully with volunteers and mediating conflicts as they occur.

Conflict Resolution / Crisis Management : Manages crisis between, within and among kitchen volunteers, staff, and members including by mentoring a variety of stress coping skills.

Maintains a culture of people helping people help themselves’. Communicates effectively and respectfully with women in crises and refer to appropriate in-centre staff.

Conflict Resolution / Crisis Management : Manages crisis between, within and among kitchen volunteers, staff, and members including by mentoring a variety of stress coping skills.

Maintains a culture of people helping people help themselves’. Communicates effectively and respectfully with women in crises and refer to appropriate in-centre staff.

In Centre Participation : Participates within the staff team such as attending staff meetings, staff development and training, special events, hiring, evaluation, and Centre committees.

Works collaboratively with in-centre staff. Ensures effective communication and team approach in the smooth operation of the DEWC.

Qualifications :

  • Combination of experience and training in cooking, meal planning, nutrition.
  • Crises intervention and conflict resolution skills required
  • Familiarity with the Downtown Eastside Community. Ability to work within a busy and chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a staff collective
  • Food Safe, Level I and 2. First Aid / CPR Training a must
  • Women with addiction issues must be 2 years clean and sober
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