Child & Youth Support Worker
South Okanagan Women In Need Society (SOWINS)

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is seeking a temporary part-time Child and Youth Support Worker to join the multidisciplinary Transition House team.

Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, SOWINS is a non-profit society providing safe refuge and community-based resources for women and children in the South Okanagan. SOWINS operates a transitional and second stage housing facilities, as well as counselling and outreach services. At SOWINS we work from an intersectional feminist philosophy and support trauma-informed practice and harm reduction models.



The Child and Youth Support Worker provides emotional and educational support for infants, children and youth staying at Transition House. This is achieved through interactive recreation and educational activities, both in group or one-to-one formats. The Child and Youth Support Worker provides respite for mothers by providing child care when appropriate. Infants, children and youth staying at Transition House are from homes where there is risk of violence or abuse. The Child and Youth Support Worker works closely with the Youth Support Worker to provide seamless support to youth accessing the emergency youth beds, and also works alongside the Family Support Worker and Women Support Workers.


GENDER IS A BONA FIDE OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT OF THIS POSITION: we will only consider women (trans, cis), gender diverse, and two spirit applicants.


SCHEDULE: This is a temporary part-time position averaging 24 hours/week. The schedule will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (day and evening availability required).


UNION: This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).


WAGE: $26.74 – $30.69/hour depending on length of service (HSA Grid 11). UNDER REVIEW/subject to change with new 2022-2025 General Services Collective Agreement.


BENEFITS: We offer an excellent benefit package! SOWINS covers 100% of MSP premium, extended health plan, dental plan, and life insurance premiums. This position is eligible for benefits.




TERM: This position is a temporary one with an expected end date of May 2025 or until the return of the incumbent.



  • Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • One-year related experience working with children/youth who have experienced trauma (extensive experience preferred)
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain rapport with women, children, youth, co-workers and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in understanding of working with the impact of violence and abuse on children.
  • Valid Standard First Aid & CPR Level C Certification
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI)
  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract


HOW TO APPLY: Please submit expressions of interest, including an updated Resume by email to:

Kelsey English
Human Resources Manager
1027 Westminster Ave
V2A 5K3
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