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Danielle and Nick Herd in front of L'Arche banners

Current Opportunities

You can do your co-op or field placement with L’Arche Toronto.

L’Arche Ontario has been recognized as one of the top 50 employers by the University of Waterloo Co-Op Program.

Photo of Hannah Rawlins, Assistants Coordinator and HR

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Hannah Mackie

Assistants Coordinator and Human Resources

416-406-2869 ext.30

Daily Life of a Direct Support  Worker/Assistant

Daily Life of an Assistant (Direct Support Worker) 


The key to life in L’Arche is being open to relationship. Assistants (Direct Support Workers) and core members (people with intellectual disabilities) create home and share their lives together in households of eight to ten people.


Days are filled with the ordinary tasks of daily living: personal care, cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, accompanying people to medical appointments, attending regular community meetings and events. Home life is the cornerstone of L’Arche. The evening meal, birthdays, and times of prayer are small but cherished celebrations that strengthen the bonds between people who live and work together.


Assistants (Direct Support Workers) come with a broad range of backgrounds and qualifications. We are in particular looking for an educational background in Developmental Services (DSW), Social Services (SSW), or Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and/or 2+ years of experience in the Developmental Services Sector. All new assistants participate in a program of orientation and training. Compensation, benefits, days away and vacation time are provided.

A Direct Support Worker/Assistant will be invited to:

  • Be changed by your friendships with people with an intellectual disability.

  • Change your perspective on what you value and how you see the world.

  • Gain confidence and competence as you develop new skills.

  • Learn how to live and work with people who are different than you.

  • Have an adventure in living and learning that just might change your life.

  • Learn the importance of celebrating the little moments of daily life.

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