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Career Opportunity:

We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic AHS Cook to join our Munu Learning Centre Team

Join our AHSABC Team Deadline to apply: June 23, 2023

Munu Learning Centre in Nanaimo, BC is operated by AHSABC

Interested applicants understand the central role of the AHS Cook in our childcare programs. The AHS Cook’s daily role will include ‘cooking with love’ to provide nourishment to the children participating in the AHS childcare program. The role will also offer the opportunity to prepare food for our AHS families, reflecting a community of care and connection through food and gathering.

Candidates will enjoy being part of a dynamic team and will demonstrate a flexible and adaptable skillset. Our AHS Cook is excited to work with children and may also be interested in achieving qualifications to evolve their role to work more directly with children in the program.

The intention of the AHS childcare program is to provide a rich early learning experience founded in Indigenous culture and language. This heart-centered work requires strong communication skills and interpersonal skills to engage in meaningful relationships with children and families.

Interested candidates must be familiar with the six programming components of Aboriginal Head Start Childcare programs: culture and language, parent and family involvement, social support, education, health promotion and nutrition. Individuals applying for the position must be innovative in building the six-programming components into the daily childcare program.

The AHS Cook supports the daily operations through nutrition, and ongoing advancement of the Munu Early Learning, Aboriginal Head Start Program. We Invite you to join our team to help our Association to be the best it can be for our children and families.

To learn about Aboriginal Head Start and AHSABC, visit us and find us on FaceBook


  1. To participate in the planning and preparation of a nutritious and balanced menu for the AHS program and family gathering events- knowledge of traditional Indigenous foods an asset.

  2. Place bi-weekly grocery orders online and receive grocery orders when delivered.

  3. Ensure that food safety standards are maintained, and that all requirements of the Food Services Permit are met.

  4. Responsible for the cleaning and sanitation of dishes, cookware, and kitchen equipment.

  5. Commitment to grow caring relationships with children and families, reflecting AHS philosophy of and intergenerational family wellness program.

  6. To work closely with the Munu program team building a supportive and collaborative team dynamic.

  7. Positive approach to being with children.

  8. A personal commitment to grow profession and personal attributes necessary to meet the needs of the children and families attending the AHS program.

  9. Participate in team meetings and professional development opportunities.

  10. Promote and advocate for high quality Aboriginal Head Start services that reflect the AHS Principles and Guidelines.

  11. Reports directly to the Munu Learning Centre AHS Coordinator.


  • Valid FOODSAFE Level 1 Certificate.

  • Valid First Aid Certificate

  • Creativity and innovation in menu planning and preparation.

  • Participate in a Criminal Records Check for working with children.

  • Experience and knowledge with Aboriginal Head Start.

  • Experience in preparing Traditional Foods an asset.

  • Knowledge, experience, and awareness of diverse Indigenous cultures.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Professional written and oral communication skills.

  • Excellent documentation, time/priority management and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work independently, to analyze a situation, and to develop an approach and plan of action.

  • Experience working with Elders.

  • Experience working with Parents in programs.

  • The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC has aligned with the Provincial Public Health Order released on October 14, 2021. We have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees at AHSABC. This policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected for employment, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination by providing a copy of your BC Vaccination Card Passport with the QR code.

Working Conditions:

  • Supportive environment which offers operating closures for program planning and professional development to ensure quality programming.

  • High quality environment founded in Indigenous language and culture.

  • Compensation rate AHS Cook at $21/hour dependent on qualifications and experience.

  • Employment includes health benefits and retirement plan.

  • Full-time, permanent position based on 30 hours per week.

To Apply:

Submit a detailed cover letter, complete resume, and two references via e-mail to:

Tammy Aguilera, Programming Director, Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC

By June 23rd, 2023

NOTE: In accordance with Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code and Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, preference will be given to qualified candidates of Aboriginal ancestry.

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