Parkwood Seniors Community


About Us:

Fairview and Parkwood are Mennonite Seniors Campuses of Care where we seek to nurture the mind, body and spirit of residents through a culture of kindness, building ‘a community for all’. Our values of faith, kindness, truth, excellence and accountability are embedded in everything we do, helping us to continue to build on our deep Mennonite roots. This is the foundation upon which our reputation for providing exemplary, values-based and faith-based care is built, which continues to make Fairview and Parkwood the homes of choice for Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo residents.

The Opportunity: Director of Spiritual Care and Culture – Two Positions

We are looking for two new members to join our senior teams at Fairview and Parkwood Seniors Communities in a unique new role.

If you are …

  • Respected for your ability to relate to, and understand the needs of, seniors to assist them to achieve their optimum level of spiritual, emotional and social functioning
  • Excited by the opportunity to support the community in creating a welcoming environment for all
  • Welcoming and inclusive of residents, families and employees of all faiths and cultures, demonstrating a culture of kindness in all aspects of Fairview’s and Parkwood’s campus life
  • Experienced and able to participate as an active member of the leadership team
  • A person who thrives on building both internal and external relationships with staff, residents, families, community members and volunteers
  • Defined by words like: approachable, understanding, mindful and heartfelt listener, open-minded, kind, empathetic, organized, a supportive mentor, thoughtful, self-starter, culturally sensitive and non-judgemental
  • Looking to be part of a charitable, non-profit, faith-based organization that will value and invest in you and your career …

We’d like to talk to you!

Vous êtes bilingue et possédez ces qualifications? Nous voulons discuter avec vous!  

The successful candidate for Director of Spiritual Care and Culture will have these assets and qualifications:

  • Understands the frail, elderly and socially vulnerable population served by our community
  • Has Post-secondary education in theology, Biblical studies or equivalent
  • Master’s level training in related field and/or Master of Divinity (preferred)
  • Training from the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) an asset
  • Deep knowledge and familiarity with Anabaptist/Mennonite biblical understanding and community
  • Experience or willingness to lead in a multi-faith setting and build an inclusive setting honouring all faiths
  • Understands the dimensions of Spiritual Care; recognizing the whole person
  • Has demonstrated experience commensurate with a senior team leadership role
  • Experienced in community outreach
  • Able to navigate social and family dynamics
  • Fluent in French (Fairview campus) is an asset
  • Fluent in German (Parkwood campus) is an asset
  • Musical ability is an asset
  • Demonstrates empathy, cultural sensitivity and understanding of the needs of seniors, and ideally, have experience working with residents living in the community and in retirement environment

Reporting to the respective Executive Directors, each Director of Spiritual Care and Culture is responsible for the delivery of Care and Services to the residents, volunteers, staff and communities supported by Fairview and Parkwood, including:

Responsibilities to Campus Residents, Family, Friends, Volunteers, and Community at Large:

  • Develops meaningful relationships (internal and external)
  • Organizes and/or leads spiritual worship, ceremonies, rites of passage, rituals, meditation and prayer as indicated by the current resident population to meet their spiritual and other needs to support personal growth and healing
  • Provides relationship-focused chaplaincy
  • Performs Spiritual Assessment on residents and participates in the Care Conferences of all long-term care residents
  • Provides individual visitation with residents as needed
  • Facilitates contact with the resident’s former community/faith groups as applicable
  • Provides crisis intervention for experiences such as grief, illness and death
  • Provides end-of-life support to residents
  • Organizes events to support the culture and/or faith of residents

Responsibilities to Campus Residents’ Families and Friends:

  • Supports family members, e.g., being staff liaison to Family Council, organizes Family Information Groups for new families
  • Provides end-of-life support to family members and friends

 Responsibilities to the Organization:

  • Participates in operational planning with a focus on the spiritual and cultural needs of the Campus
  • Provides leadership to the Palliative Care Committee either formally as Chair or as an active member of the committee
  • Organizes and leads Memorial Services 2-3 times per year
  • Adheres to and promotes the mission statement of the organization
  • Attends and hosts local faith interest groups as applicable

Total Team Responsibility:

  • Acts as a spiritual and cultural resource for residents, family members, volunteers and staff


Please forward your resume for the position of Director, Spiritual Care and Culture by October 15, 2019 to: Elaine Shantz, CEO at


Note: only candidates who are invited to participate in the interview process will be contacted. We thank everyone for their interest in these roles.

If you require accommodation or a document in an alternative format or if you are unable to access our website, please submit your request to

If you require accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and assessment process, per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005, please speak with the hiring contact. Fairview Seniors Community and Parkwood Seniors Community will be pleased to support you.

Fairview Seniors Community and Parkwood Seniors Community are charitable, not-for-profit, faith-based, accredited (CARF 2015) organizations. Each campus is comprised of independent living accommodations, assisted living services and Long-Term Care beds, as well as recreational facilities and services.

  • Dietary (Cook, Food Service Worker)
  • Housekeeping & Laundry
  • Program Department (Program Aide)
  • Maintenance
  • Nursing (RN, RPN, PSW, PSW P/T)
  • Fairview Retirement Suites (RPN, PSW, PSW P/T)
  • Administration

Please forward resumes for these positions to

General Notes:

To ensure that your resume is successfully submitted, please put your cover letter, resume and any other information into ONE document and have a unique file name such as yourname.doc.  We can accept resumes in the following formats .doc, .docx or pdf files.

While we appreciate receiving all resumes, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Other resumes will be kept on file and considered for future opportunities for a six month period.

Fairview Seniors Community respects, appreciates and encourages diversity.  Applicants from all qualified individuals are encouraged. Accommodations will be provided in all aspects of the recruitment process. Applicants just need to make their needs known in advance.

If you require accommodation or a document in an alternative format or if you are unable to access our website, please submit your request to

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