April 13, 2017
Resources
GAINING MOMENTUM: A COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT FOR REFRAMING THE CONVERSATION ON AGING

The way people currently think about and talk about aging prevents productive discussions on changes to policies, practices, and cultural norms. Based on empirical research, the FrameWorks Institute has developed comprehensive resources to help advocates reframe the conversation on aging.

Some key highlights from their work are:
  • A call for justice beats a plea for sympathy: One of the most effective ways to build support for greater inclusion of older people is a reminder that a just society treats all members as equal participants.
  • Names matter: Associations with current terms of reference like elderly, senior citizen, and older adults led to the recommendation that we shift to the term older people.
  • A new metaphor dramatically shifts perceptions of aging: Comparing the process of aging to building momentum opens a new way to think and talk about aging-something counter to currently available cultural idioms such as "fighting" aging or the importance of "staying young." This metaphor reduced people's subconscious ageism by 30 per cent.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
10 SIGNS YOUR NGO EXCELS AT SOCIAL MEDIA
Nonprofit Tech for Good
May 16, 10 a.m. (Pacific)
Free

This webinar will illuminate ten signs that your social media strategy is current and best positioned to inspire donors and supporters to give and take action on your organization's behalf. The webinar will feature real-time examples of organizations that are:
  • Effectively posting content and hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Using graphics, images, and video to successfully increase engagement on social media.
  • Inspiring their donors to give as a result of using social media.
  • Consistently integrating social media into their email communications strategy.
  • Formatting online news and blog content to maximize effective storytelling and calls-to-action.
TOP CHARITY LAW ISSUES FOR CANADIAN REGISTERED CHARITIES
Canadian Charity Law Association
May 17, 12 - 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will cover some of the top CRA concerns for Canadian registered charities including:
  • T3010 annual charity information return and their accuracy
  • Official donation receipts
  • Staying within a charity's legal objects
  • Fundraising regulation and CRA's Guidance on Fundraising
  • Dealing with Non-Qualified Donees such as Canadian non-profits that are not registered charities and foreign charities
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
GREENLAND NURSERY TRIP
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
April 18, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Head out to Greenland Nursery to peruse the greenhouse, grounds and enjoy a coffee or tea in their beautiful café and gift shop. The van will depart at 11 a.m., so people who have signed up must be at the centre for 10:30. There will be beverages for people awaiting departure. Up to six spots are available. Call Stacey at 780-476-6595 Extension #2.
FRAUD PREVENTION
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
April 19, 10:30 a.m.

Linda Herczeg of the Edmonton Police Department will give a presentation on how we can protect ourselves from fraud. Come on out and learn how not to become a statistic. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
POST PESACH PANCAKE PARTY
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
April 20, noon
$9 members; $12 non-members

Come and enjoy JSCC's annual Pancake Party. Toppings include strawberries, sour cream, blueberries, apple sauce, and syrup. Call 780-488-4241 for information.
SEESA SPRING RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
April 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and April 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

This annual event has something for everyone. Baking will be available for purchase both days until sold out. The cafeteria is open for lunch, too. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
TRUE COLOURS SUPPORT GROUP
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)

This group is for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning, or anyone who would like to learn more about family and friends. Participate in safe and confidential discussions about experiences, concerns, stories and/or other suggested topics. The next session is on April 24 at 1:30 p.m. Register by calling 780-342-8625.
FRAUD PREVENTION INFORMATION SESSION
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
April 25, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

A guest speaker from the Edmonton Police Service will provide important information on fraud prevention and tips to keep seniors safe. Pre-registration is not required. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
COOKING FOR 1 OR 2
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
April 26, 10:30 a.m.
Free

This short presentation by the Primary Care Network will provide tips and tricks on meal planning, shopping and cooking for just one or two. The presentation is designed to focus on senior specific issues in each of those categories and provide useful skills such as label reading to ease the process. Visit the centre or call 780-451-1925 to sign up.
ROADS TO HEALING PROGRAM
Mill Woods Seniors Association and Jewish Family Services
Thursdays, May 4-June 22, 6-8 p.m.
Location: 2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor
Free

This presentation gives an overview of how grief is experienced and introduces ideas on how to deal with one's own experience. Call 780-496-2997 to register. Maximum of 12 participants only.
TEA AND RUG SHOW
Edmonton Rug Hooking Guild
May 4, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Pleasantview Hall (10860 57 Avenue)
$5 admission

Join the Edmonton Rug Hooking Guild for their annual Tea and Rug Show. Admission includes rug show, light lunch, door prizes and silent auction. You can find more information at www.edmontonrughookingguild.com.
MAD HATTERS, MOTHER'S DAY, CINCO DE MAYO TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 5, 2-4 p.m.
$5/person

Tickets can be purchased at the NESA front desk by April 28. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
ARE YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW?
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 4, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 member; $5 non-member

Don't be caught unprepared. Get the facts you need to know so that you and your family will not have to make decisions under stress. The presenter will provide information regarding:
  • The importance of a sound plan for the contingencies of longevity, illness, and death
  • How to save on funeral costs and avoid emotional overspending
  • How to ensure that your wishes will be carried out
  • How to spare your family unnecessary emotional burden in one of the worst days of their lives
  • Cremation and earth burial
SECOND WIND CONFERENCE
September 7
Location: Chateau Louis Conference Centre (11727 Kingsway Avenue)
Early bird registration $70 (ends July 15); regular registration $85 (July 16 to Sept. 7)

This wellness conference is open to all retirees in the greater Edmonton community. The keynote speaker is Peter Brown who is currently a writer and producer of The Irrelevant Show on CBC Radio. Sessions include wine tasting, downsizing, reverse mortgages, cardio salsa, technology workshops, photo archives and travel destinations. Learn more at secondwindconference.ca or by calling 780-418-8032.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
ALBERTA WORKS WEEK
April 24 - 28

During Alberta Works Week you can take part in a variety of career building workshops and events:
  • Resumé Set Go!: Get your resumé reviewed, learn how to make a great first impression, find out what employers want, learn how to network your way into your next job, ways you can improve your job search strategies, and more.
  • Getting Hired: HR Expert Panel Presentation: Get insider tips from Human Resources professionals on finding work and how to get hired.
  • Volunteer Info Session: Learn where to start and what opportunities will assist you with your job search, networking, reference potential, resume enhancement and more.
  • Employer Corner: Industry experts provide information about their sector/industry.
  • ReTrainNow Fair 2017: Showcases exhibitors who provide education and training opportunities and pathways for people to participate in new and emerging sectors of the economy.
  • Building Your Future Together Career and Employment Job Fair
TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE - EDMONTON
Summer 2017 Volunteer Opportunities

Your Experience Could Open a Door to Discovery! Share your expertise and love of working with people to help others discover the world and beyond in a fun and interactive environment. A variety of unique opportunities await you in educational or ambassador roles as a volunteer staff member at TELUS World of Science:
  • Educational Positions: Gallery Guide and Interpreter, Science Garage Apprentice and Science Garage Workshop Assistant, Assistant Observatory Attendant, and Robotics Lab Attendant
  • Summer Camp Positions: Assistant Camp Leader
  • Visitor Services Hosting and Ambassador Positions: Hospitality Host and recruiting for Fall School Program Hosts
For more information visit the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton volunteer web page or contact Volunteer Resources at 780-452-9100 or by email at vr@twose.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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