April 20, 2017
Grants and Awards
VOLUNTEER SCREENING PROGRAM

Volunteer Alberta's Volunteer Screening Program (VSP) provides funding to eligible nonprofit organizations to support Vulnerable Sector Checks and organizational development in the area of volunteer screening. To be eligible, nonprofit organizations must serve/work with vulnerable populations and must engage volunteers in positions of trust or authority with vulnerable populations. 

April 30, 2017 is the deadline for two components of the VSP:

Volunteer Screening Development Grant
The grant provides $2000 to support the development of effective volunteer screening processes, policies, and procedures. 

Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver
The fee waiver helps to alleviate costs associated with Vulnerable Sector Checks and is available to organizations operating in communities where a service fee is required. Organizations that have an old VOAN (Voluntary Organization Authorization Number) are required to update their existing profile with Volunteer Alberta prior to April 30, 2017 in order to receive a new Volunteer Screening Program Number (VSPN). A (VSPN) provides access to a fee waiver for approved volunteer positions requiring Vulnerable Sector Checks.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
PLUS 65 - SENIOR'S SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCE TOOLKIT
Centre for Suicide Prevention

The website and toolkit contain statistics, warning signs, risk factors, protective factors, links, programs, and more.
FREE SHUFFLEBOARD TABLE

A community member has a shuffleboard table he would like to donate to a seniors organization. He will deliver the table. If you're interested, contact Katie at 780-428-3660 or admin@seniorscouncil.net.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
THE EASY BUTTON FOR CLOUD
TechSoup Canada
April 26, 10 - 11 a.m. (Mountain)

Learn which cloud solutions your non-profit can leverage and how the cloud can increase efficiency, collaboration, and cut down capital expenditure costs. In this webinar, you will learn about:
  • What cloud computing can do for non-profits
  • Cloud security and privacy (including Microsoft ExpressRoute)
  • Cloud computing performance and flexibility
  • Options for cloud migration
A SELF-CARE STARTER KIT: AN ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL TOOL FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS
REACH
May 5, 12:30 - 4 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (11000 Stadium Rd.)
$35 for REACH members; $45 for non-members

Working with individuals, families and communities in any capacity is rewarding work for all types of service providers, however, supporting survivors of trauma, violence and abuse comes with a host of challenges that can deplete internal resources of those in the front-line caring professions. This workshop will provide an overview of compassion satisfaction and fatigue and vicarious traumatization and burnout. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and share self-care strategies within a holistic framework.
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
AGING-IN-PLACE STUDY SEEKS PARTICIPANTS

A University of Alberta study is seeking an older couple who are currently renovating their home with the intention it will allow them to age-in-place.
Our Home: For All Ages & Stages Of Life explores why and how a couple embarks on the decision to change their home in order to prepare for aging-in-place. This research may be used to assist others in this decision-making process and to inform architects, builders, renovators, home product suppliers, and government policy makers.

Key eligibility requirements:
  • Canadian, male and female, married couple, each partner is over 50 years of age
  • Ownership of a single-family home that you've lived in for a minimum of 5 years
  • In the midst of a renovation done by a renovator, friend or family member, or yourself
Additional eligibility requirements and information can be found in the recruitment notice and information sheet.

Participation in the study includes two home walk throughs, two interviews, and the keeping of a journal. The renovation features of your home will be photographed or videotaped and the walk throughs and interviews will be recorded.

If you're interested in participating, contact Linda Marie Johnson by phone at 780-458-6712 or by email at lmj5@ualberta.ca.
HEALTHY AGING/ACTIVE AGING
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
April 26, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Free

The Strathcona Place Outreach Team and the Elder Abuse Resources and Supports (EARS) team from Catholic Social Services present this workshop that provides support, education, intervention, and resources to seniors experiencing abuse from a family, friend or caregiver. Call 780-433-5807 to reserve your space at this event.
YOGA WORKSHOP: PREVENTION OF FALLS
Southwest Seniors Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
April 26, 1-2:30 p.m.
$10

Call 780-435-9515 to confirm attendance.
SPRING FLING FUND RAISER AND SILENT AUCTION
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
April 28, 11:30 a.m.
Lunch gala tickets: $15 for members and $18 for non-members

Silent auction items are on display in the lobby and tickets are now on sale for 50 cents each, 12 tickets for $5, or 25 tickets for $10. Winners will be announced at the Lunch Gala. Join the fun in welcoming spring and win one of the prizes valued up to $500.
LINE DANCE PARTY AND SOCIAL
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
April 30, 2-4 p.m.
$4/person

Enjoy an afternoon of line dancing. No experience is necessary and brand new dancers are welcome. Please bring a small potluck snack to share. Register in advance at the SEESA Front Desk or by calling 780-468-1985.
CARFIT
May 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: SEESA parking lot (9350 82 Street)
Free

The Alberta Motor Association and South East Edmonton Seniors Association are working together to host a Carfit event. What is Carfit you ask!? Carfit is an educational/community program to assist seniors to find their best fit behind the wheel. Kinda like ergonomics! Safety is the priority. The 12-point checklist goes over things like seat belt adjustment, setting your mirrors to minimize your blind spot, hand and seat positioning, etc. Each appointment takes about 20 minutes. Couples are welcome. Phone 780-468-1985 to register.
PORTRAIT DRAWING IN PENCIL WORKSHOP
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
May 6 and 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$30 for members; $40 for non-members. Supplies extra.

Learn anatomy and tips and tricks for drawing portraits. The workshop covers how to get likeness and depth in portraits through studying them using simple paper and pencil. The techniques you learn in this class are transferable to other mediums. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
BUS TRIP TO THE TULIP GARDEN TEA
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 9, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
$30 member; $35 non-member

Be a part of Canada's year-long birthday celebration by visiting the Edmonton Valley Zoo's "Canada 150 Tulip bed" and listen to performances from the children of 100 Voices Preschool. Enjoy engaging animal encounters and complimentary tea, cold drinks and baked goods. Register by May 1. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
May 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
$8

Meals served on a first-come first-served basis. Pre-registration is not required. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
MAMMA MIA!
CapitalCare Foundation
May 11, 5:30 p.m.
NAIT Shaw Theatre (11762 106 Street)

Celebrate mothers in care with CapitalCare Foundation. Join in a delightful musical evening of fun with the sing-along version of Mamma Mia! For ticket information visit www.capitalcarefoundation.net. Call 780-448-2413 for information.
MOTHER'S DAY SILVER TEA SERVICE
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
May 12, doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at 12 p.m.
$8 for NWESS members, $10 for non-members

High tea sandwiches and strawberry short cake will be served. Pianist Colleen Karp and Hula Dancer Barbara Reed will perform. Purchase tickets at NWESS by May 5. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
2017 GREAT NEIGHBOUR RACE
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL)
Saturday, April 29

Assist the EFCL and Edmonton's 157 community leagues to host this fundraising event to help build the Community League Plaza at Hawrelak Park. Volunteers will be stationed at various locations to assist participants to have an enjoyable and safe, run/walk experience.

Opportunities include: water stations, race kit stuffing, course marshalls, package pickup, station helpers, start/finish line, course bunnies, photographers, and social media.

Contact Nora Begoray at raceinfo@efcl.org or call 780-437-2913.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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