Full Time Cook

York Housing & Support Services
March 11, 2020
Sutton, Canada
Job Type
$16.50 per hour
Competition #
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Sharona Ou: YHSS_ER@can.salvationarmy.org
Closing date
March 26, 2020


The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

Core Values

The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda has four core values:

Hope: We give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Service: We reach out to support others without discrimination.
Dignity: We respect and value each other, recognizing everyone’s worth.
Stewardship: We responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us.

Position Purpose Summary:

Cook prepare and serve nutritious meals as outlined on menus in accordance with applicable food service and safety regulations.


Administration Responsibilities

  • Attend staff team meetings as required
  • Attend Salvation Army and York Region meetings as required
  • Maintain statistical records for the program and Salvation Army
  • Develop menus in accordance with policy and procedure and core standards
  • Keep records of all food services related data such as food, freezer and refrigerator temperatures
  • Ensure the proper maintenance and usage of a computer system, and proper record keeping of the same in accordance with the Territorial Computer Usage Policy
  • Serve on committees as appropriate

Financial Responsibilities

  • Make use of and decide on best use of resources, including donations to minimize waste
  • Assist with the monitoring of financial expenditures as per yearly Program budget projections

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • May supervise students, volunteers and/or residents in work therapy

Service Responsibilities

  • Prepares, portions, and presents meals and snacks to be served to residents, visitors, and at special events. Adapts standardized recipes and ensures appropriate amounts of food are prepared to meet menu requirements
  • Prepares special food for therapeutic, texture modification (pureed, minced, or dental soft), and special preference diets
  • Portions food to be distributed to dining areas on residential floors, and any special catering functions.
  • Wash and sanitize dishes and cookware after each meal
  • Organizes food preparation schedules to meet meal deadlines
  • Labels, dates, stores, and utilizes leftover food. Disposes of all unusable food
  • Checks and records the temperatures of a walk-in and a reach-in refrigerator and a freezer twice daily.
  • Turns on equipment, such as steamers, ovens, fans in the morning. Turns off and checks the condition of same at night
  • Bakes desserts, snacks and items for special functions, as assigned
  • Prepares production estimations and quantity requirements, such as defrosting meat, and requisitions for supplies from the storeroom according to menu requirements
  • Ensures that work area is maintained in a clean and orderly state. Changes oil and filters for the fryers as required. Sanitizes and stores knives
  • Receives calls and takes messages for the Business Manager in their absence. Passes information on to appropriate staff, as required, and acts on emergency therapeutic dietary requests
  • Participates in dietary staff and special committee meetings, such as quality assurance, fire safety
  • Also participates in In-Service training sessions
  • Responsible to maintain kitchen facility to York Region Public Health Standards and York Region licensing compliance
  • Ensures compliance with internal audits or inspections to ensure quality, as assigned
  • Good understanding and practice of the facilities policies, procedures and guidelines. Reads distributed communications in order to stay current.
  • Attend and participate in meetings as requested
  • Develop a positive working relationship with co-workers, residents, superiors, volunteers and visitors
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned

Organizational Responsibilities

  • The incumbent will adhere to standards of The Salvation Army Food Services safety practices, meal planning and meal service as well as the Regional Municipality of York’s Core Standards
  • Participate fully and constructively in staff meetings and in-service training
  • Engage in formal evaluation sessions with Executive Director at 3 month during first year of employment and annually thereafter
  • Read and follow the Policy & Procedures Manual and the Employees Handbook
  • Maintain confidentiality in all matters pertaining to clientele and coworkers of Belinda’s Place
  • Read and follow the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Plan
  • Become familiar with the provision of the position description & operations manual, which will be provided for each job position
  • As required and is applicable, make suggestions that will improve efficiency, working conditions or procedures to Executive director ; and represent the Organization in a professional manner


  • Completed High School, plus one year specialized course
  • One to three years of prior related experience, with at least one year of institutional cooking experience
  • Previous experience with people experiencing homelessness (one to three years)
  • Must have thorough knowledge and understanding of Women’s issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of Mental Health/Addictions
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of and a commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression and equity
  • Problem solving skills essential
  • The responsibilities associated with this position demand a high degree of confidentiality
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Must have good interpersonal/time management skills
  • Good knowledge of community resources
  • Must be able to lift more than 20 pounds
  • Valid Driver’s License is a requirement

Note:  An alternative level of education and experience may be acceptable

 Successful candidate will be required to provide upon hiring:

  • A clear vulnerable sector screening
  • A clean drivers abstract
  • Participate in our online Armatus Abuse Training and Health and Safety training required upon hiring, as well as updated annually

HOURS: 12 hour shifts, 42 hours per week average



The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable human rights legislation.   If you require a disability-related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements. 

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Internal Applicants, please advise your managing supervisor of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

If there is a competition number associated with this posting, please include within the subject line of your email, fax or regular mail correspondence.

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable Human Rights Legislation. If you require a disability related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements.

In accordance with The Salvation Army policy and legislated requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials and completion of a background check.

This posting is open to external and internal candidates alike. If you are an internal applicant, please advise your Department Head of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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