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Casual Cook

Requisition ID: 338774   

Posting End Date: Ongoing

City: Winnipeg  

Work Location:  

Department / Unit: Food Services   

Job Stream: Clinical Support   

Union: CUPE  

Anticipated Start Date: As soon as Possible   

FTE: 0.0   

Anticipated Shift: Days, Evenings, Weekends 

Daily Hours Worked: 7.75  

Annual Base Hours: 2015  


Grow your career in the Winnipeg Health Region! Our team provides a spectrum of health care services through an integrated network of sites, services and organizations. We’re united by a shared commitment to excellent and equitable health care.


Faites progresser votre carrière dans la Région sanitaire de Winnipeg! Notre équipe offre une gamme étendue de services de soins de santé par le biais d’un réseau intégré de sites, de services et d’organismes. Nous sommes unis par un engagement commun en faveur de l’excellence et de l’équité des soins de santé.



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Screening: Candidates will be pre-screened based on education and experience. Eligible candidates will be interviewed.

Interview: Candidates will be interviewed by the Manager of Support Services and Senior Leadership Team.

English Proficiency Test: Candidates will be submitted to an English language test (Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking).

The English Proficiency Test is REQUIRED and will be considered a condition of employment, which means that any eligible candidates will be required to first pass testing. The candidates that successfully pass the test will move to stage two of the interview process.  If candidate fails, will no longer be eligible to proceed with interview for position and will not be considered further in the selection process.

References: At least three (3) professional references will be required, and references will be checked prior to hiring.


Under the direction of the Manager of Food Services, is responsible for coordinating and performing the various duties required to prepare nutritious, safe meals, including serving of meals.  Responsible for food preparation, service, and delivery of food.  Ensures all safety and other requirements are maintained in the performance of duties, including Manitoba Health Standards for Personal Care Homes: 

  • Works within the framework of the Golden Links Lodge’s Mission, Vision and Values, and in accordance with its policies and procedures.
  • Respects Residents Rights at all times.


1. Education and Experience

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 education according to Manitoba Provincial Standards, or equivalent required.
  • Graduate of a Recognized Institutional Cooking course required. 
  • Food Handlers training certificate Level 1 or equivalent required.
  • A combination of education, training and experience may be considered in lieu of formal certification.
  • Minimum one (1) year cooking experience in an institutional setting required.
  • Must have good knowledge of institutional quantity cooking and be well versed with the basic principles of cooking.

2. Other

  • Ability to carry out duties in a professional manner, working under little or no supervision, and in compliance with confidentiality of Lodge and Residents.
  • Ability to read, write, comprehend and speak fluent English is required.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Adheres to safety principles.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills required.
  • Good physical and mental health to meet the demands of the position (i.e. prolonged standing, pushing, pulling, lifting and bending, etc.).
  • Excellent organizational skills with the effective problem-solving skills.
  • Able to accept and provide constructive criticism and direct others.
  • Clean, neat appearance, in accordance with GLL dress code.
  • Consistently able to arrive punctually and prepared to work.
  • Able to adapt to stressful situations.
  • Able to operate related equipment and maintain a clean work area.
  • Interested in the elderly, and in working to uphold the concepts of teamwork in caring for the needs of the Residents.
  • Able to work to improve food service for facility Residents and staff.
  • All hires require a Criminal Record and Adult Abuse Registry check.
  • Understands and respects Residents’ rights and privacy.
  • Presents a courteous, cooperative and professional manner to both Residents and Staff while performing duties.
  • Promotes a homelike atmosphere within Golden Links Lodge.



1. Food Services

  • Prepares all food following the established menus, recipes and production sheet.  Determines the ingredients and quantities required, assembles ingredients and equipment required for cooking.
  • Assures that foods are prepared consistently and served following techniques to ensure optimum nutritional quality, flavor, appearance and proper temperature. 
  • Tests food items for palatability and temperature; adjusting accordingly.
  • Has input into and assists in preparation and execution of special meals for parties, teas, etc.
  • Follows weekly production sheet, placing supply, dairy/ bread orders, etc. as needed.
  • Ensures mealtime deadlines are met.
  • Assists in maintaining food costs as budgeted through use of standard recipes, portion control, careful storage and usage of leftovers, etc.  Advises Manager of Support Services of any alterations and proportion changes in recipes or menu as they occur.  Portions foods following portion manual.
  • Responsible that all foods, including deliveries, are stored appropriately as soon as possible.
  • Works to minimize spoilage and waste.
  • Receives deliveries, checking invoice against items received.  Advises Manager of Support Services of any damaged, short, or incorrect items.

2. Nutrition Services

  • Serves Residents, staff and visitors in a courteous and helpful manner.
  • Responsible for knowledge of Resident preferences, diet, and provision of correct food items as posted on diet sheets or tray cards.
  • Completes tray/ cart set up.

3. Sanitation and Safety

  • Responsible for cleanliness and sanitation of work area and equipment, including pots/ pans. 
  • Ensures assigned cleaning duties are completed.
  • Able to safely operate all dietary equipment.
  • Ensures safety practices/ procedures are adhered to and advocates for a safe environment.
  • Uses appropriate lifting techniques.
  • Reports equipment requiring repair or safety hazards to Manager of Support Services.
  • Follows Golden Links Lodge Policy and Procedures, not limited to, the fire plan, disaster plan, emergency paging codes, etc. 
  • Follows standards outlined in Infection Control, and WHMIS/ MSDS programs.

4. Administration

  • Understands and supports the mission, philosophy and policies of Golden Links Lodge.
  • Promotes a team approach within the department and the facility through active cooperation with all staff. 
  • Ensures that departmental policies and standards are adhered to.
  • Assists with formulation and review of policies/ procedures as assigned.  Has input into annual revisions of menus and portion control manuals; making recommendations based on Resident needs.
  • Maintains privacy and confidentiality.  Compliant with Protection for Persons In Care legislation.
  • Responsible for Dietary Department in the absence of Manager of Support Services. 
  • Reports problems/ incidents to Manager of Support Services as soon as possible.
  • Directs and supervises all dietary personnel reassigning duties as necessary.
  • Replaces relief staff in the event of illness or absence of an employee as needed.
  • In the absence of the Head Cook (II) assigns related tasks to Dietary personnel.  Has input on performance conversations for dietary personnel, recommending training and remedial action as necessary.
  • Provides input into standardization of recipes and helps maintain recipe manuals.
  • Performs inventory counting.
  • Completes Work Request Forms for maintenance to assess and repair departmental equipment as required.

5. Personal/ Professional Criteria

  • Conducts self in a mature, responsible, pleasant manner and displays a positive work ethic.
  • Completes work assignments efficiently and effectively.
  • Participates in orientation and training of Dietary personnel.
  • Assists others to complete tasks supporting a team environment.
  • Promotes a facility wide team approach through active cooperation with all staff
  • Advocates for a respectful environment, recognizing individual uniqueness. 
  • Maintains dignity and respect for all Residents, families, and co-workers, etc.
  • Maintains own health and well-being.
  • Punctual and adheres to Golden Links Lodge dress code.
  • Maintains competency level by attending staff meetings, in-service programs or seminars as required. 
  • Maintains a current Food Handlers certificate.

6. Quality Program

  • Participates in Quality Program/Risk Management program.
  • Checks refrigerators daily.  Completes various monitoring audits.
  • Contributes to improving food service for Residents and staff by making recommendations for best practice.


This position requires a current satisfactory Criminal Records Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search), Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check as conditions of employment. The successful candidate will be responsible for any service charges incurred. A security check is considered current if it was obtained no more than six (6) months prior to the start of employment.


Please note that an employee is not permitted to hold two or more positions across the WRHA legal entity that combine to equal more than 1.0 EFT. The WRHA legal entity includes Churchill Health Centre, Deer Lodge Centre, Grace Hospital, Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, Pan Am Clinic, River Park Gardens, Victoria General Hospital, WRHA corporate programs, and WRHA community health services.


Interviewed candidates may be called upon to participate in a skills assessment.


Any application received after the closing time will not be included in the competition.


We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request during the assessment and selection process.

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