Wholistic Wellness Coordinator

Wholistic Wellness Coordinator

Indigenous Services, Western University in Partnership with the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative is seeking a self-directed, ambitious person with experience in planning, organizing and implementation. Experience with presenting workshops and public speaking is required. This position will be located at Indigenous Services, Western University and made possible with a generous grant from Ontario 150 Grants Partnership Program.

Position Summary:

The Wholistic Wellness Coordinator will require knowledge in the areas of Foods & Nutrition, safe food preparation, Indigenous traditional foods & feasts, wholistic wellbeing, as well as diabetes prevention and educational initiatives. The Coordinator will work within the Indigenous Services Team, to educate the Indigenous Services student/community in the areas of healthy foods and nutrition and to deliver effective, seminars/workshops to the student population to engage and encourage them to live a well-balanced life while in University. The Wholistic Wellness Coordinator will also assist with the Traditional Food & Medicine Garden on Campus as required by the Food & Medicine Garden Coordinator.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.

Salary Range: To be determined

Location of Employment: Indigenous Services, Western University, London, Ontario

Employment Period: Contract Start: February 20, 2017 End: December 2017

Supervision: The Wholistic Wellness Coordinator will be under the supervision of the Director of Indigenous Services, Western University, London

Required Information: Cover Letter, Resume and 3 References – names & contact #

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Provide educational information and workshops to the current Student population and community within Indigenous Services, regarding balanced, healthy, nutritional, food options and preparation, including Indigenous foods.
  • Provide educational information and workshops on Diabetes and illness prevention through nutritional food sources.
  • Connect and communicate with students on a regular basis to obtain their feedback and interests in food preparation, health and wellbeing.
  • Develop and deliver specific programming related to meal planning, grocery shopping, healthy eating, food preparation, reading food labels, wholistic wellbeing, traditional Indigenous food sustenance, feasts, hunting, fishing, gathering, storing.
  • Coordinate with the Food & Medicine Garden Coordinator to plant, maintain and harvest foods as well as using the Garden as a teaching tool for students and community.
  • Purchase food items for programming as needed
  • Research SOADI initiatives and deliver & distribute pertinent information to Students/Community
  • Keep regular statistics on the number of attendees at each session
  • Complete regular written reports of activities and formal written reports for Indigenous Services, SOADI and Grant provider.


  • Relevant college diploma or university degree and/or with related work experience.
  • Safe Food Handling or Advanced Level or willing to obtain
  • Knowledge about food allergies, composting, zero waste initiatives, food banks, and community gardening is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous foods and Indigenous language(s) as it pertains to food is a definite asset.
  • Possess public speaking skills and the ability to plan, organize and deliver programming presentations, workshops, group discussions, etc.
  • Working knowledge of office technology including word processing, email and database, excel spreadsheet, copier.
  • General knowledge of financial accountability and ability to work within a budget.
  • Ability to keep programming statistics and write regular reports.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Valid driver’s license, own licensed & insured vehicle and the ability to travel as needed.


Indigenous Services, Western University
ATTN: Kelly Nicholas Email: kjnichol@uwo.ca
If emailing, please write on the subject line “Wholistic Wellness Coordinator”
Room 2100 WSS, Western University, London, Ontario N6A 3K7 Phone: 1-519-661-4095 Fax: 1-519-661-3357
Web: www.uwo.ca/Indigenous