April 12, 2018
Grants and Awards
NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM: INFO SESSION

The New Horizons for Seniors Program supports local projects across Canada that encourage social participation and inclusion of seniors.
 
The Government of Canada is expected to issue a call for proposals for the New Horizons for Seniors Program Community-Based Projects soon. To help organizations prepare for the upcoming call for proposals, Service Canada provides information and grant-writing sessions.

The Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors has offered to host a session in Edmonton for local organizations.
May 15, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Idlewylde Library Meeting Room (8310 88 Avenue)

This session will provide information on the New Horizon for Seniors Program and guidance on completing your application. RSVP with your name and contact information to:
New Horizons for Seniors Program
1-844-836-8127
Email: W-T-CSPD-SCEP-NHSP-PNHA-ABT-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca

RSVP by April 30 as seating is limited.

If you can't attend the Edmonton session, teleconferences will be held on April 20 and May 2. See the schedule for more details.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TOOLKIT: TRAINING PEER LEADERS TO SUPPORT SENIORS' HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Westend Seniors Activity Centre developed and tested a 'seniors helping seniors' approach to improving fitness levels. With Innovation Fund support from the Covenant Health Network of Excellence in Seniors' Health and Wellness, they trained seniors as peer coaches in their fitness centre. The resulting Seniors Helping Seniors Toolkit includes a training guide for peer coaches, an 8-week exercise routine, stretch routine, and links to resources.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
NISC PROGRAMS OF EXCELLENCE
National Institute of Senior Centers
April 19, 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

The Programs of Excellence Awards honor and promote outstanding efforts made by senior centers throughout the United States to offer innovative, creative, and replicable programs for older adults. This webinar will feature information from the 2017 Award Winners. Learn about the programs recognized in the past.
CONNECTING WITH ONTARIO SENIORS: MOVING FROM SOCIAL ISOLATION TO SOCIAL INCLUSION
Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program
April 24, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Reaching out to socially isolated older adults requires us to rethink our traditional service and program delivery methods. This webinar will:
  • review why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude
  • present findings from an Ottawa-based Seniors Centre Without Walls program
  • describe the "Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay" (GIANTS) program
This webinar will be of particular interest to community planners and service providers interested in better understanding how we can connect to and include socially isolated older adults.
ADDRESSING TRANSPORTATION, DEMENTIA AND CAREGIVING
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, Dementia Friendly America, and the Administration for Community Living
April 25, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar showcases a particular community's approach to bringing together dementia and caregiving groups on the one hand and transportation providers on the other for information exchange and dialogue as a template other communities may adopt. Attendees will learn about Prince George's County, Maryland's lessons learned and takeaways from their community forum, as well as policies and practices used by Arlington Virginia Public Transit to ensure safe travel for vulnerable riders.
EVENTS IN A DIGITAL AGE: HOW TO MAXIMIZE OFFLINE EVENTS IN AN ONLINE WORLD
bloomerang
May 3, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs! With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. This webinar will cover:
  • the importance of integrating digital into your event
  • 3 key goals to help you measure success
  • 5 digital must-haves to keep your event running smoothly
WINNING GRANT PROPOSALS: KNOW YOUR FUNDERS & DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS
Information & Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County
May 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Strathcona County Hall Conference Centre 1
$20

Are you looking for practical information to secure grant funding for your organization? Attend this full-day workshop to learn the steps needed to successfully obtain grant support and build genuine long-term relationships with funders. Register online www.ivcstrathcona.org. For more information email info@www.ivcstrathcona.org or call 780-464-4242.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
BRUCE HOTEL TRIP
Edmonton Seniors Centre
April 20, bus leaves at 3:30 p.m.
$60

Join this bus trip to the Bruce Hotel to have a steak or chicken dinner. Transportation, meal, non-alcoholic drink and tax is included in the cost. Register and pay no later than April 13. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
VINTAGE: AN EVENING OF WORKS BY WELL-AGED POETS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
April 24, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
$5 in advance or $7 at the door
 
This wine and cheese event features readings by local seniors plus special guest reader Giselle Lemire and is part of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. A cash bar is available for members and invited guests (by reading this you are invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
SPRING FLING RAFFLE, SILENT AUCTION AND LUNCHEON
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)

Throughout April raffle tickets are for sale and silent auction bids are open. The draw and wrap-up luncheon takes place on April 27 at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon tickets are $12. Call 780-433-5807 for raffle ticket prices as they vary.
ZEN TRILOTHERAPY: INNER PEACE, SELF-LOVE & LIFE PURPOSE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Fridays, April 27 - June 1, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$108

Join this empowering, highly interactive, and deeply healing experience. Zen Trilotherapy is a revolutionary way for experiencing an awakening, strengthening your centre and becoming the leader of your mind and emotions.
  • Balance your head and your heart and awaken "centre"
  • Reduce your suffering and experience more inner peace than you ever imagined possible
  • Uncover your programming from childhood and learn how to dismantle these belief systems and finally free yourself
  • Awaken to the truth of who you really are and learn powerful tools to heal and transform your life and help others do the same.
Sign up in advance at the WSAC front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
JAZZ APPRECIATION
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
Tuesdays, May 1-22, 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Location: Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
$89.25

Jazz music is part of the rich tapestry of our daily lives and culture. Jazz is the supreme combination of freedom within structure, but just how that works remains a mystery to the average listener. This series of fun-filled, "foot-tapping" interactive sessions will help you gain a deeper appreciation of jazz. You will learn how to distinguish the difference between the blues and the standard popular song form, and discover how they are used in various jazz styles from 1920s Dixieland, Big Band Swing of the 1930s and 1940s, Bebop in the 1950s, and the advent of electric instruments in Fusion from the 1960s and beyond.

For more information, email minerva@macewan.ca or call 780-497-5082.
60s MUSIC DANCE NIGHT
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 4, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance 7-10 p.m.
$10 each in advance, $12 at door

Dance to the music of the Reaction Variety Band. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
THE 'GENIUS OF MARIAN' DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING
Canterbury Foundation
May 6, Reception & Welcome at 1 p.m. | Screening at 2 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Free

You are invited to join the Canterbury Foundation as they screen the award-winning documentary, 'Genius of Marian' at the iconic Art Gallery of Alberta on May 6. The film features "The Heartbreak of Alzheimer's, The Power of Art, and The Meaning of Family". 

This screening is free of charge, but you're asked to reserve your spot by visiting the event page or contacting Katie Schneider at 780-930-5581 or katies@canterburyfoundation.com. Learn more about Canterbury Foundation
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
FRONT DESK HELP AND KITCHEN CASHIERS AND HELPERS
Mill Woods Seniors Association

MWSA is currently looking for Front Desk Help and Kitchen Cashiers and Helpers during the weekday. Commitment is a minimum of one 4-hour shift per week for at least three months. Training will be provided. Other opportunities are also available (possibly evening). Inquire by visiting MWSA at #201-2610 Hewes Way or calling 780-496-2997.
MOTORMEN
Edmonton Radial Railway Society

Would you like to learn a new skill, be part of living history, and be out meeting people? The Edmonton Radial Railway Society owns and operates Edmonton's streetcar lines at Fort Edmonton Park and through Strathcona and over the High Level Bridge. 

If you or someone you know can pass a medical, possess a current class 5 Drivers License or better, and can give at least a few days (or more) each month for driving streetcars, contact Jack Hill at jackstjohn@aol.com as soon as possible so that you might be considered. Priority in training will be given to those whose schedules appear to offer the greatest availability for driving. Please respond no later than May 1. After that date training will be closed.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
MORE INFORMATION

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