April 14, 2016
Grants and Awards
SAGE AWARDS
May 11, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill
Tickets: $65 each or $650 per table of ten

Get your tickets for the 10th annual Sage Awards honouring the outstanding achievements and contributions of seniors in our community. More information on the nominees and recipients can be found on the poster. Contact JoLynn Parenteau at 780-701-9017 or jlparenteau@mysage.ca for more information.
2016 LAUREL AWARDS
Duncan Craig LLP

The Laurel Awards recognize the achievements of non-profit groups in Edmonton and area which further their objectives through exceptional creativity and innovation. Four awards with a value of between $1000-5000 are given each year. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2016.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
OLDER ADULTS NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Age Friendly Edmonton

In November 2015 the Age Friendly Edmonton Social and Recreation Participation Working Group contracted Bannister Research to complete a needs assessment among Edmonton seniors about recreation participation and other indicators of engagement in the community. 

The Highlight Report and Final Report contain a wealth of current statistics and information highlighting Edmonton seniors' perspectives on recreation, social isolation, volunteering, services for aging in place, and safety.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
10 WEBSITE DESIGN AND EMAIL MARKETING BEST PRACTICES FOR NGOS
Nonprofit Tech for Good
May 3, 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT
Free

The rapid rise of social media and mobile technology has had a profound impact on website design and email marketing, yet many NGOs have not yet adapted to the new aesthetics and functionality of a mobile, social Internet. Topics covered in this webinar include:
  • Trends in nonprofit website design such as layout and strategic use of call-to-action buttons
  • How to ensure your website and email communications are mobile compatible
  • How to integrate social media into your website and email communications
  • Tips for building your email list
  • How to format news articles and blog posts to increase your click-through rate
THE EVALUATION OF NICE ELDER ABUSE TOOLS
CHNET-WORKS!
May 4, 1 - 2 p.m. EDT
Free

The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly is a knowledge transfer and exchange network dedicated to improving the care of older adults in Canada and abroad. One of the main approaches for knowledge transfer has been the development of 'pocket' tools that address the core challenges of aging. This webinar will provide:
  • an overview of NICE
  • a description of some of the available NICE elder abuse tools
  • goals and methods for evaluating NICE pocket tools
  • preliminary findings on NICE pocket tool use across Canada, with a focus on the elder abuse tools
MOBILE FOR GOOD: A HOW-TO FUNDRAISING WEBINAR FOR NONPROFITS
Nonprofit Tech for Good
May 5, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MDT
Free

This webinar will provide the basis for writing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and content strategy. Topics will include:
  • The effective implementation of crowdfunding campaigns
  • Fundraising via mobile wallets
  • Utilizing text messaging and text-to-give
  • Telling your nonprofit's story through blogging
  • Creating visual content, such as branded images and infographics
  • Using social networks effectively for fundraising
  • The importance of reporting live from events and communicating online in real-time
  • How to launch a mobile-compatible website
  • The importance of mobile-optimizing your email communications
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
PART-TIME COOK
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre

Strathcona Centre 55+ Centre is looking for a cook to start June 1, 2016. Cooking experience is necessary and a Food Safety Certificate would be beneficial. Hours of work are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday thru Friday, plus once a month dinner and for special functions. Call 780-433-5807 for posting details.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
FAMILY CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS
Home Instead Senior Care
April to June
Location: Family Education Training Centre, 13B Fairway Drive (in Westbrook mall near 119 St. & 37 Ave)
Free

Home Instead Senior Care is offering a number of workshops in April, May and June on topics such as: This convenient list provides the dates and times of upcoming workshops and the  calendar of events will be updated with workshop descriptions.

All workshops are open to the public, seniors and family caregivers as well as health care professionals and caregivers.  Pre-register by calling 780-439-9990 (Home Instead West Edmonton) or 780-465-5373 (Home Instead East Edmonton).
BE MOVED
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)
Tuesdays, April 19 - May 24 and June 7 - July 12, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
$40

BeMoved ® is a dance fitness experience that inspires people of all movement abilities to fully express themselves through the beauty of dance. Movement expressed through dance and music has a transformative power that enriches a person's well-being above and beyond the well-known physical fitness benefits. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
APRIL SHOWERS TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Ave)
April 29, 2 - 4 p.m.
$5

The April Showers Tea features Forever Young. Tickets available until April 22. Call 780-496-6969 for details.
MELODY SINGERS' SPRING PERFORMANCE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 St.)
May 1, 2 p.m.

SEESA's performance choir is pleased to present "A Musical World Tour". Tickets may be purchased for $7 in advance at the SEESA Front Desk or at the door if not sold out. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
CRAZY HAT DAY MOTHER'S DAY LUNCHEON
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Ave)
May 5, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$9

Contest for silliest, largest and best hat. Bingo to follow. Register and pay by noon on May 3. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
MOTHER'S DAY TEA
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
May 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
$10

Join MWSA for an afternoon of tea, refreshments and entertainment. Members and non-members welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
MOTHER'S DAY TEA
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
May 6, 1:30 p.m.
Tickets at the door for $3

The Creative Writers' Group invites you to join them in honour of mothers past and present. In addition to a cup 'of the very best' and a selection of pastries, you will enjoy entertainment produced by and starring members of the Writers' Group. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
ATHABASCA DAYTRIP
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
May 6, depart Sage at 9 a.m.
$47 members, $57 non-members

Spend the day either checking out the town or attending the Annual Senior Choir Fling (where seniors' choirs from small towns across Alberta perform). Lunch will be provided. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
MOTHER'S DAY SILVER SERVICE AND HIGH TEA
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 St.)
May 7, 12-3 p.m.
Members $8, non-members $10

Includes high tea sandwiches and strawberry shortcake. Entertainment at 1:30 p.m. by Harpist Elsie Neeland. Purchase tickets by April 29.
OVERTURE TOUR
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
May 11, noon to 1 p.m.
Free

At an Overture session you will hear from two or three speakers about the history of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre and their vision for the future. Then take part in a fascinating backstage tour. A light lunch and beverages are also included. Sign-up at the Strathcona Place 55+ Centre Front Desk or call 780-433-5807.
ELLA 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION LUNCHEON
May 16, noon
Location: Jubilee Auditorium

Fifteen years ago, the Edmonton Lifelong Learning Association (ELLA) began with a small group of dedicated people who recognized the importance of learning at all stages of life for people 50 years of age and older. In partnership with the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, ELLA offers stimulating courses in a friendly environment during a 3-week Spring program held on the U of A campus. Over the past 15 years, ELLA membership has tripled as the Spring program has flourished.

Featured speakers at the celebration will share moments from ELLA's past and glimpses into the future. You will also be treated to selections by the ELLA Choir and an excellent lunch.

To join the celebration purchase your annual ELLA membership for just $20 online or by phone at 780-492-5055.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
COMMUNITY VISITORS VOLUNTEERS
Alberta Health Services Home Care

Reduce social isolation and help a housebound senior remain more independent in the community by volunteering with Alberta Health Services Home Care. If you are comfortable visiting in someone else's home and have time during the weekdays, then consider this opportunity where you can bring "community" home to an individual living with illness but who still wants to participate in conversation and fun activities.

Community Visitor volunteers are matched one-on-one with a client to provide companionship through assistance with grocery shopping, going for walks, sharing life stories or a specific hobby, or playing cards or board games.

A commitment of 1-2 hours weekly or biweekly for a minimum of six months is requested. You can choose your own placement and visit times are flexible to suit your schedule. For the safety of clients, an in-person interview, three references and a clear police records check are required. All volunteers will receive training before being matched with a Home Care client. 

For more information, review the brochure or contact Carole at 780-342-4421 or by email at carole.alves@albertahealthservices.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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