April 11, 2019
Resources
WEBINAR SERIES ON COMBATTING AGEISM

In January, February, and March of this year the International Federation on Ageing hosted three webinars focusing on the topic of combatting ageism. The recordings and presentation slides are now available:
Webinar 1: Human Rights of Older Persons and Agenda 2030
Webinar 2: Combating ageism to improve access to employment
Webinar 3: Campaigning: The best way to address ageism?
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
EFFECTIVE INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Centre for Race and Culture
April 18, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre (9538 107 Ave.)
$25

This interactive workshop intends to examine the concept of culture, the effect culture has on one's personal and professional life, as well as the role that our cultural norms and expectations play in our interactions with others. It will equip the participants with practical tools to reflect on their programs and services, apply strategies to challenge cultural bias and discrimination, practice intercultural communication, and create a more inclusive workplace where colleagues and clients from different cultural backgrounds feel valued and respected.
HOW TO USE MOBILE MESSAGING TO GROW YOUR NONPROFIT AND BOOST FUNDRAISING
Nonprofit Tech for Good
May 7, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

With 96 per cent of all Americans owning mobile devices, and 81 per cent of U.S. adults owning smartphones, it's imperative that nonprofits adapt to meet donors where they are and how they communicate. This webinar will delve into how nonprofits can harness the power of mobile messaging in order to better engage their audience and raise more money for their cause.
TELLING YOUR STORY THROUGH BLOGS, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
Idealware
May 9, 1 - 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

How do you convey the great work your organization is doing with blogs, photos and videos? These tools are powerful ways to share the difference you're making in the world. This webinar will cover the principles of good storytelling, look at examples and research about what's working for nonprofits, and then discuss the tools that can help you put them online.
ORGANIZATIONAL EVOLUTION: MANAGING CHANGE WHEN THERE ARE HUMANS INVOLVED
bloomerang
May 9, 2- 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

It's often very easy to recognize when an organization needs to change, but it's a lot harder to make it happen. Legacy staff and volunteers, "we've always done it this way" perspectives, and plain old inertia can put many frustrating road blocks in your way. There are ways, however, for the persistent and patient to guide the change process and help an organization evolve. Using real world examples, this webinar will cover the stages of organizational growth, personality archetypes you may encounter, and strategies to build momentum toward change.
HOW DO WE BUILD INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES?
Tamarack Institute
May 9, 1- 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Loneliness and polarization are two growing threats to our society. Although these problems are different from one another, one solution is to build inclusive community and the best place to do that is where we live.

This webinar will share some tips and stories about making our neighbourhoods places where everyone feels included and connected across the differences that tend to divide and isolate so many of us.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
EASTER PRANZO
Ital-Canadian Seniors Association (9111 110 Avenue)
April 21, 12:30 p.m.
Members $35; non-members $40; 4-12 years of age $20, under age 3 free

Celebrate Easter at the Ital-Canadian Seniors Association. The delicious menu includes minestrone, salads, giardiniera lamb osso buco, parmesan chicken cutlets with tomato basil sauce, oven roast potato wedges, glazed carrots, sweet peas with pancetta and pearl onions, ricotta and spinach lasagna, traditional Easter breads, fresh fruit, cheese trays, coffee and tea. Call 780-424-1255 for more information.
NATURE AND GARDENING PROGRAMS
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)

CLSA is offering a variety of programs for nature lovers and gardeners this spring.
  • Birding 101 - Getting Started: April 23, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $5
  • Birds of Whitemud Creek - 122 Species & Counting: April 30, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $5
  • A Decade of Conservation with Edmonton & Area Land Trust: May 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., $5
  • Blooms, Birds & Butterflies: May 16, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., $5
  • Planning & Growing A Small Space Food Garden: April 29, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., $15
  • Vermicomposting: May 27, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., $8
View CLSA's spring program guide for details. Call 780-496-7369 if you have questions.
INTERNET SECURITY FOR SENIORS
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
April 24, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
$5 if you pre-register; $6 drop-in

Worried about hacker thieves and scallywags getting their hands on your private information? This class will teach you how to protect yourself while on the internet.  Call 780-342-8625 to register.
VINTAGE FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
April 28, doors open 1 p.m.
$22

Travel back in time through the swinging 40s to the hippie 60s. Classy ladies will show off authentic outfits from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, while you listen to music from those eras. Vintage jewellery and collectibles will be for sale in the atrium (cash only). Tickets include light refreshments and dessert. There will be cash bar, door prizes and 50/50 Draw. Purchase your tickets by April 22. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
POST-PESACH PANCAKE PARTY
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
April 30, 12 p.m.
$10 members; $13 non-members

Do you enjoy your pancakes with butter, syrup, applesauce or berries? Why not try them all! The men will be serving for one day only. Mr. Ron Wunder, known as a One Man Band, will perform traditional melodic jazz for the enjoyment of all. RSVP by calling 780-488-4241.
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
May 2 and 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
$120
 
You will learn the basic operation of cameras, composition strategy, viewing your images, Digital Asset Management (DAM), and software. This workshop will introduce depth of field, aperture, shutter speed, composition, lighting, and flash.

You can expect six hours of classroom instruction, one assignment, image critique, and handouts of all the presentations and teaching slides. You will be required to provide your own camera (no smartphone cameras) and its manual as well as a charged battery and memory cards for your camera.

Registration is required by April 25. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
POLE WALKING INFORMATION SESSION & DEMO
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
May 8, 1 - 2 p.m.
Free

Learn all of the amazing health benefits of pole walking. Get a chance to try out the techniques yourself in this informative session. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
MOTHER'S DAY MAD HATTERS TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 10, 2 - 4 p.m.
$5

Join NESA for fun and laughter with friends, refreshments and entertainment by "Forever Young". Crafts will also be for sale. Tickets on sale until May 3. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
LET'S KEEP TALKING FUTURE OF WASTE

There are five more days to share your thoughts about proposed changes to waste programs and services! The City of Edmonton would love to hear your input to refine what they heard from residents last fall. Topics include curbside cart collection, recycling, waste reduction and more.

Come chat with them again, or for the first time, at a public drop-in session (there are only two left!) or by taking the online survey until April 15, 2019. 

For information and updates, visit edmonton.ca/futureofwaste or call 311 (780-944-5555 for TTY).
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
FINANCIAL LITERACY PRESENTERS
Seniors Financial Empowerment Network (SFEN)

For Seniors By Seniors is a project aimed to train senior volunteers to become financial literacy presenters to seniors groups in the Alberta Capital Region.

Senior volunteers will complete a one-day training to develop facilitation skills, expand their knowledge in financial literacy, and access a facilitation guide to deliver seven standalone modules. The training will be held May 22, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at United Way (15132 Stony Plain Road).

SFEN trainers commit to deliver at least four SFEN presentations within 10 months of receiving certification.

To become a trainer, complete the volunteer application and email it to Eric Storey at SeniorsEmpowerment@gmail.com.

If you have any questions regarding this project contact Sarah Ramsey, Senior Protection Partnership at 780-722-6701 or sarah.ramsey@edmonton.ca.
RESPIRATORY RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS

The Boliek Speech Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta is looking for research participants. They are studying how two weeks of respiratory muscle training can improve how your breathing muscles work and how this exercise impacts breathing and speaking abilities.

They are looking for healthy adults ages 60 to 80 years who are native speakers of English. The study involves coming to the lab for two 2-hour sessions and completing two weeks of at-home training sessions in between. Contact Alesha at cblab@ualberta.ca or 780-492-7256 for more information.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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