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Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch
Job Term:
2 Temporary positions (October 2021 to June 2022)
Job Code:
50466 - Residence Counsellor 2
$26.03 - $28.63 Per Hour*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
The W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind is a community-based school for students who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind, under the Ministry of Education, Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch with the tradition and reputation for meeting the academic, personal, social, emotional and developmental needs of the individual children.

The student lodging program is an extension of the school program for students who do not live close enough to access daily transportation and runs from Monday – Friday during the school year.

Academic and student lodging programs support each other in the provision of a comprehensive curriculum. The School Principal and Student Lodging Manager work together toward a successful experience for all students.
Learning continues after the daily academic program in after school programs that promote:
  • Language & communication
  • Life skills
  • Social skills
  • Independence

Student Lodging staff are invested in facilitating every student's growth and independence.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of students who are blind and/or visually impaired? Do you have a background in child development, experience in a child care related field and the ability to facilitate effective programs for students who are blind and/or visually impaired? If so, this career opportunity with the Ministry of Education, Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch, may be of interest to you.

What can I expect to do in this role?

  • Provide supervision, guidance, intervention, and instruction for students who are blind, and/or visually impaired in planned and organized programs in student lodging in a school setting.
  • Plan, organize and implement customized individual and group programs designed to meet the personal, social, emotional and developmental needs of students who are blind and/or visually impaired using a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Supervise, guide and instruct students who are blind and/or visually impaired.
  • Provide sound physical care and maintain a safe/secure environment for students in the student lodging program.

How do I qualify?


  • Community college certificate and/or equivalent training, education and working experience in a child related field.
  • Current First Aid, CPR and Crisis Prevention Intervention training, Behaviour Management Systems training or equivalent.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience working with students who are blind and/or visually impaired.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate effective individualized developmental, social/life skill programs to meet the needs of students who are visually impaired and who may have additional challenges.
  • Knowledge of orientation and mobility needs of students who are visually impaired.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation/policies/procedures/guidelines/practices that address student care and safety.
  • Excellent communication skills to communicate effectively with students, parents, staff and other professionals.
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds to assist with student transfers.
  • Willingness and ability to work shifts.

Additional Information:

  • 2 Temporary, duration up to 8 months, 350 Brant Ave, Brantford, West Region, Vulnerable Sector Check
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Health and Social Services
Posted on:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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