April 18, 2019
Learning Opportunities
Centre for Race and Culture
May 10 and 27, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Edmonton Intercultural Centre (9538 107 Avenue)

Diversity in the community and in our workplaces is a reality, and employers recognize the need to ensure that all employees have a common expectation for respectful workplace behaviours. All employees and supervisors contribute to respectful workplaces by taking responsibility for their own actions and their effect on others. This two-part workshop covers essential skills in recognizing behaviours that constitute workplace harassment. Participants will also be provided with the tools and knowledge to begin designing relevant policies and complaint resolution processes.
Charity Village
May 16, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

Focused on leveraging performance through frequent meaningful discussion, no rating performance processes have a unique opportunity to succeed in the nonprofit world, where performance is commonly driven by a shared sense of purpose and focus on development, over monetary rewards.

But, even though managers and employees seem to agree that old school performance management doesn't work, the journey to transform is easier said than done. How does an organization actually go about making the switch? This webinar will share case study examples, insights and lessons learned to determine if a no ratings process is right for your organization, and how to successfully shift to this new approach if it's right for you.
June 1, 8, 15, and 16, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
$155 per person

Learn GeriActors' playful theatre and storytelling approach in Facilitator Training. Design and deliver workshops that inspire playfulness, foster community, stimulate storytelling, and develop plays that can be shared with others. Perfect for actors, educators, healthcare providers, and recreation professionals with an interest in community-based theatre. Training will have a particular reference to seniors, but the approach can be adapted for work with any community.

At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to facilitate their own workshop, for which they will be paid, and put into practice what they have learned. 

GeriActors strives to ensure programs are accessible to all, and they have a limited number of bursaries available to assist with program fees. To be considered for a bursary, submit a letter (max 250 words) indicating your interest and experience in theatre, community arts, or senior's recreation, and how facilitator training will benefit you and/or your community. Letters can be emailed to geriactors.friends@gmail.com by May 15. Bursaries have been made possible through the support of the University of Alberta Drama Department. Preference will be given to University of Alberta students and alumni, but bursaries are available to anyone who has demonstrated an interest and ability.

Register through Eventbrite. Contact Becca Barrington at 780-248-1556 or geriactors.friends@gmail.com for more information.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

Working under the supervision of the Communications Coordinator, the Communications Assistant will provide communications support to ESCC and initiatives we manage including:
  • Write stories for print and digital platforms and pitch ideas to the media
  • Assist with production of e-newsletters and promotional tools such as infographics, ads, brochures, and videos
  • Assist with development of a resource publication by editing submissions, creating the publication using Excel and Adobe InDesign, assisting with distribution, and promoting the publication
  • Create content for social media and update websites using various content management systems
Term: 37.5 hours per week for 8 months May - Dec 2019 with possibility of extension

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The posting closes at noon on April 26, 2019.
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

This position will be responsible for co-leading/co-facilitating a team to develop, promote, implement and evaluate a plan for community-based learning that supports the goals of the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS) project. This position will:
  • Co-lead/facilitate a working team to mine knowledge and design learning activities, based on partners' experiences from the first 2.5 years of the PEGASIS initiative and build constructive relationships
  • Apply knowledge of educational learning principles, learning styles, and facilitation methods for the benefit of target audiences
  • Research and/or develop appropriate content/curriculum, based on the learning needs of culturally diverse and multi-skill level adult learners
  • Advise on, plan and implement a variety of instructional delivery methods, that include group or individualized instruction in settings that encourage and support learning
  • Participate in planning and implementing evaluation activities
Term: 20 hours per week for 8 months May - Dec 2019

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The posting closes at noon on April 26, 2019.
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is the Backbone Organization and Financial Agent for Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS) Extension 2019 Project which runs from April 1, 2019 through to December 31, 2019. We need the assistance of an experienced person to support the Executive Director, Project Manager, and Team Leads. Duties of this position include:
  • Maintaining calendars, making and confirming meeting appointments and conference calls
  • Taking and distributing Minutes and Meeting Notes
  • Responding to requests for information, interviews or speaking engagements, including requesting further details, coordinating and assisting with preparation
  • Ensuring that action items are documented and fulfilled in a timely manner
  • Assist the Project Manager with financial oversight and management to ensure accountability and reporting on the use of federal funds
Priority will be given to persons 55 years of age or older, but all interested persons are encouraged to apply. This position would be suitable for an experienced administrative assistant who has retired or is about to retire and is looking for part time employment in the social development / seniors sector.

Term: 20 hours per week for 8 months May - Dec 2019 with possibility of extension

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The posting closes at noon on April 26, 2019.
Mill Woods Seniors Association

The Program Coordinator will develop, plan and implement programs and activities for mainly seniors, along with some intergenerational programming:
  • Plan and execute activities including instructor-led classes, volunteer-led clubs, monthly presentations, workshops, field trips, and special events
  • Plan and execute intergenerational programs (youth and seniors demographic)
  • Responsible for executing seasonal Program Guides, Monthly Events Calendar
  • Collaborate with community partners to offer innovative programming
  • Update My Senior Centre/My Active Centre (data management system)
  • Manage program refunds due to class cancellations; resolve any issues/concerns of participants
  • Review and evaluate programs and services
  • Maintain and report statistics regarding program activities and finances, prepare budgetary needs
  • Supervise paid instructors and volunteer program leads, including hiring and dismissing, as necessary
Term: full-time, permanent
Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.
Mill Woods Seniors Association

The digital content project coordinator will help increase MWSA's digital media presence by creating content for the website and social media platforms, specifically YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.
Mill Woods Seniors Association

The special projects assistant will help with planning and executing special events including organizing fundraising events, provide administrative support for current staff, help maintain an accurate inventory of MWSA assets, and work with the Executive Director and staff on various projects, as needed.
Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.
Mill Woods Seniors Association

MWSA is looking for someone who is interested in gaining some experience working in the in-house café where all the food is made fresh. This role requires you to work with the Kitchen Manager and Chef to help prepare meals and assist with kitchen prep, clean up and dishwashing.
Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
April 24, 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy a trip around the world in the comfort of where you are. Edmonton Public Library staff will share about adventures in a new place. You will be delighted at all the wonderful things you will discover. Call 780-451-1925 to register.
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
April 27, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and April 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SEESA's annual event has something for everyone. Purchase goods at half price on Sunday and "Stuff-a-Bag" for the last hour (2- 3 p.m.) of the sale. The cafeteria is open for lunch too. Baking will be available for purchase both days until sold out. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 3 and 10, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
$25 member; $30 non-member for both classes

Are you or a loved one planning to declutter and then downsize to a smaller home? Is all your "stuff" weighing you down? Are you overwhelmed with what to do with your possessions? It is not too early to start preparing. The self-care tools presented in these sessions respect you and your special memories holistically so you can transition joyfully into an energy-giving and peaceful space. Registration is required by April 25. Call 587-987-3200.
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
May 7, noon

Call 780-433-5807 to reserve your spot for this interesting presentation.
Mill Woods Seniors Association (#210, 2610 Hewes Way)
May 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Enjoy a lovely brunch and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased in-person at MWSA during office hours. Deadline for sales is April 27. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 11, 2 p.m.
Location: McClure United Church (13708 74 Street)

The Choralaires present: The Roaring 20s. Call 780-496-6969 to inquire about tickets.
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
May 16, 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy this exciting intergenerational theatre experience. A student ensemble from the U of A is joined by seniors with stories to tell and the passion for performing in front of audiences. Coffee and cookies will be served. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
University of Alberta Hospital

Do you enjoy helping others? Like walking and standing?
Be a super hero and volunteer to greet and help others find their way. The University of Alberta Hospital is looking for Welcome Liaisons to join their team.

Applicants must be available for weekday shifts between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Apply online and/or contact Yvonne at 780-407-6544, or by email at yvonne.scherban@ahs.ca for more information.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)

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