Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Current Job openings:

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is currently seeking Youth Program Facilitators to work with a small team to organize and implement a summer program for newcomer youth. The program will offer a variety of activities (4 hours per day, 4 days per week for 8 weeks), during July and August 2022. Each position is approximately 35 hours per week for nine or ten weeks, from June 20 (or 27) to August 26, 2022.

Under the supervision of the Settlement Coordinator and working closely with the SYEP Coordinator and other Settlement staff, this position is responsible for: 1) assisting with planning, logistics, and implementing activities of the Summer Youth Engagement Program (SYEP), and 2) assisting with administrative duties within the office.

• Knowledge/awareness of the PLLC and its various programs
• Youth-focused with commitment to assisting growth and development among children
• Ability to work with diverse groups of people in a collaborative, culturally aware manner
• Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills
• Outgoing, with the ability to work unsupervised, take initiative, and lead groups
• Excellent time management and teamwork abilities
• Must be patient and enjoy working with children and youth
• Previous teaching and leadership experience is a strong asset
• Demonstrated ability to adapt to new and challenging situations
• Knowledge of or experience with office administration, including organizational and technical skills
• Excellent computer skills, including the use of internet browsers, Windows and Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
• Sound judgement and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, including a secure filing system
• Must possess a valid MB driver’s license with a clear driver’s abstract
• Access to a reliable vehicle is an asset
• Education and relevant experience in Social Services and/or Child Care is an asset
• First Aid/CPR certificate (or willing to obtain one immediately upon starting)
• Must complete a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check before starting

Wage: Between $13 to $16 per hour, depending on experience
To Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to cathy@pllc.ca
Application deadline: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in working with us. Please also consider volunteering! It looks great on your resume, adds to your skills and experience, and it is definitely rewarding to help others!

Volunteer Opportunities

Members of the Board of Directors

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is a not-for-profit organization providing individuals of the Central Plains region with opportunities to realize their literacy, educational, employment, and life goals through a positive and supportive environment. The affairs of the PLLC are governed by a Board of Directors.

Board members play a key role in setting the direction and priorities of the Centre—this is a great way to make a substantial contribution to the organization and the community.

The Board of Directors is the acknowledged final authority of PLLC.  Its objectives are as follows:  (1) To ensure that services provided are within the Objects of PLLC, Inc.;  (2) To ensure that the highest possible standards of service are offered and available to the community at reasonable cost; (3) To ensure the financial health of PLLC, Inc.

All interested individuals should apply to be a member of the Board of Directors by filling out our online volunteer application form found below.  If you prefer a paper copy or if you have any questions, please stop by our office at 110 Saskatchewan Ave. West, Portage la Prairie, or email volunteer@pllc.ca.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the PLLC. As a volunteer, you may choose options that are most suitable to your personality and your schedule. We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to fill the following positions:

ESL Classroom Assistant is responsible for assisting the ESL Instructor with teaching English to newcomers in the classroom, as planned and directed by the ESL Instructor. ESL classes are currently offered as Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) and Stage 2 (CLB 5-8), with Stage 1 classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9pm at the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre.

Language Tutor meets individually or in a small group to help newcomers improve conversational English and gain confidence. The tutor will have access to a wealth of ESL resource materials through the PLLC to effectively conduct tutorial sessions based on the students’ needs.

Settlement Partner meets individually with newcomers to offer friendship, support, community tours, and an opportunity to practice English. Settlement partners are often matched based on mutual interests, but also experience in the community. Whether you are a long-time resident or a newcomer who has been here a few years, we would love to have you volunteer with us to help our newest newcomers get settled in their new community.

Special Events Assistant provides support to our staff when organizing and implementing planned special events for newcomers to build connections in the community. In this position, you will work alongside staff to ensure the success of the event or activity. Tasks could include set-up, greetings, attendance tracking, cooking, serving, making tea or coffee, and cleaning, but also having fun while you do it.

Career Mentor is responsible for providing the opportunity for internationally trained people to practice in their respective careers. If you are a business owner, professional, or retired from your career, this is your opportunity to make a huge difference in someone’s life and helping them achieve their career goals in Canada.

Conversation Club Facilitator leads a group discussion to allow newcomers to practice their English and learn about the community and all facets of living in Canada. We currently offer a Conversation Club on Monday evenings at the PLLC, but we are looking for more volunteers to help with this group or to start another group with newcomers in communities outside of Portage la Prairie.

Literacy Classroom Support is responsible for assisting the instructor and students in the Literacy classroom during the daytime, Monday to Friday, and Tuesday evenings. Students often need help with basic Math and English, so if you have some time during the week, please sign up to help our Literacy students with their studies.

If you are interested in volunteering for us, please fill out and submit the application form below and we will follow up with you to discuss your interests and complete the following required documents:

  • Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement
  • Waiver of Claims & Release of Liability
  • Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Criminal Record Check