April 27, 2017
Seniors Sector News
SAGE AWARDS

The 11th annual Sage Awards, presented by Servus Credit Union, celebrate the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of people after reaching the age of 60. Through celebration, the awards showcase the invaluable contributions of seniors and highlight how they truly enrich our communities and lives. Review the 2017 award recipients and nominees.

The Sage Awards Luncheon celebration will be held on May 10 at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. Tickets are $65. Contact JoLynn Parenteau at 780-701-9017 or email jlparenteau@mysage.ca.
NON-PROFIT BOARD STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Community Service-Learning and the Career Centre at the University of Alberta

The Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program places University of Alberta students as interns on the boards of community-based non-profit organizations from September to April. Host boards gain new ideas, contribute to the strength of the non-profit sector, and benefit from a board project undertaken by the student intern.

May 15 is the deadline for community organizations to apply to be considered for the program. For more information contact Jill Flaman at flaman@ualberta.ca or 780-492-2037.
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY
June 15, noon to 1 p.m.
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)

A group of local organizations is planning a proclamation event in honour of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. More details will be released soon.

The event is planned by the Seniors Protection Partnership (Catholic Social Services, City of Edmonton, Covenant Health, Edmonton Police Service, and Sage Seniors Association) and Canadian Mental Health Association and Good Samaritan Society-C.H.O.I.C.E.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
REDEFINING VOLUNTEERING

Volunteer Canada, together with Ipsos Public Affairs and Investors Group, has issued a research report on Canadian's perceptions and attitudes on volunteering. Recognizing Volunteering in 2017 reveals that there is a shift in the kinds of activities people consider to be volunteering and a move towards a broader view of community engagement. The definition of volunteering is expanding to include informal volunteering, social action, organic movements and individual social responsibility.
IDEAS FOR SENIORS PROGRAMS

The National Institute of Senior Centers in the United States honours innovative, creative, and replicable programs for older adults through their Programs of Excellence Awards. Programs are recognized in the categories of educational; expressive and creative arts; fundraising; leadership, civic engagement and community development; nutrition, fitness and health promotion; and special events. You may be able to get some ideas by reviewing the latest awards winners.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
CharityHowTo
May 11, 1 p.m. (Mountain) or May 17, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
$74

Does your organization need to raise funds to remodel your office or to purchase equipment for your program? Do you feel like you don't know where to start with a capital campaign? Do you and your staff lack the experience to start a campaign? In this webinar you will learn how to:
  • Recruit the best capital campaign team
  • Create campaign goals and the gift range chart
  • Create a donor recognition plan
  • Create a realistic campaign timetable
  • Account for and report on campaign gifts
CHARITABLE RECEIPTING DO'S AND DON'TS
Charity Village
May 25, 10 a.m. (Pacific)
Free

According to the Canada Revenue Agency, 89 per cent of registered charities that are audited are not correctly issuing official donation receipts. Issuing incorrect receipts can result in revocation or penalties and it is easier to do it right than to fix problems afterwards. This introductory-level webinar will cover:
  • Top receipting mistakes
  • Review of information required on official charitable tax receipts
  • Use of computer generated and email receipts
  • Problems, abuses and consequences of improper receipts
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR SENIORS
Mental Health Commission of Canada
June 19-20
Edmonton
$368

Mental Health First Aid for Seniors is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote the mental health of seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible and intervene early when problems first emerge. This course will cover how to:
  • Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop in seniors
  • Provide initial help when dealing with a mental health problem or crisis
  • Decrease stigma and discrimination around mental health problems and illnesses
  • Guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help
  • Provide strategies and resources to support both seniors and their caregivers
Register for the course offered in Edmonton.
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
ADMINISTRATOR
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (EASC)

The EASC is looking for an Administrator who welcomes challenges and likes working with positive people for the betterment of Aboriginal seniors in the Edmonton area. This person would have a diploma or degree in the human services field, particularly with non-profits, with training in volunteer management, staff supervision, and fundraising. The successful candidate will have a solid financial background, leadership abilities, experience in program planning, coordination and delivery with excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

The EASC is a well-established organization providing programs and services to seniors, primarily Aboriginal, designed to assist them in actively participating in healthy and happy lifestyles. Ours is a policy governing Board of Directors with a very clear understanding of its role in relation to management. 

Submit your resume by:
Mail: Personnel Chair, Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre, Cottage E, 10107 134 Ave., Edmonton, AB T5E 1J2
Fax: 780-475-7957
Email: manager@easc.ca

The competition closes at noon on May 10, 2017.
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

Does your resume include words like "organized," "detail-oriented," "self-starter," and "team player"? The Administrative Coordinator position plays an essential role in the day to day operations of the Sage Seniors Association and the culture within the organization. This position is responsible for coordinating the administrative functions within Sage and providing support to the management team and the Board of Directors. This position will also assist with implementation of administrative policies and procedures and supervision of administrative volunteers.

If you have a diploma in Office Management or suitable equivalent, with 3 - 5 years admin support to management experience, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please visit www.mysage.ca for the full job description and application details.

Submit your resume by May 5, 2017 to:
Sage
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton AB T5J 2E5
Attn: Barb Carroll, Volunteer and Human Resources Coordinator
Fax: 426- 5175
Email: bcarroll@mysage.ca
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
April 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Are you needing to get a gift for Mother's Day? Or maybe you just want to check out your local Aboriginal Seniors Centre? Well come on down on Sunday, April 29 to see various indigenous artisans and entrepreneurs. If you would like to be a vendor at this event call 780-476-6595. The fee for a table is only $20.
MELODY SINGERS' SPRING PERFORMANCE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
May 7, 2 p.m.
$7

SEESA's performance choir is pleased to present "My Land: A Musical Celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday". Tickets may be purchased in advance at the SEESA Front Desk or at the door if not sold out. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
A NIGHT OF MUSIC & DINNER
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
May 12, 5-7:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets $18 per person or $30 for two

Join the Westend Singers Choir for an evening of dinner and delightful sound. Tickets sold on a first-come first-served basis; pre-purchasing tickets ahead of time is recommended. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
THE SCOOP ON SCOPE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 member; $5 non-member

Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer and one of the most preventable cancers. If detected at its earliest stage, the chance of survival is over 90 per cent. The SCOPE Program is the Edmonton zone arm of the Provincial Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program and is affiliated with the Screening for Life Program. Join an educator from AHS to learn more about colon health, prevention, screening and treatment. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
GET READY IN THE PARK
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services
May 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: William Hawrelak Park
Free

Do you feel prepared to handle emergencies? Get some helpful tips on a variety of emergency preparedness topics at Get Ready in the Park.
  • Learn how to prevent flooding at home.
  • Find out about food safety tips during power outages.
  • Learn more about crime prevention and community safety.
  • Find out how quick and easy it is to create and practice a fire escape plan.
  • Find out how to stay informed through official channels during an incident.
  • Visit the Insurance Bureau of Canada booth to see if you have the right coverage for your home and business.
  • Find out what's underground so you can dig safely.
SUMMER SAFARI REGISTRATION
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

Check out NESA's summer day trips. Victoria Settlement and Smoky Lake; Discovery Wildlife Park and Historical Village; and Camrose Railway Museum are just a few of the destinations this year. More information on the day trips is available at the front desk, online or by calling 780-496-6969. Registration begins May 15 during regular office hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Wednesday hours are from 4:30-7:30 p.m. 
COOKBOOK EXCHANGE
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
May 17, 1 p.m.

Everyone has those old cookbooks that sit on a shelf and never get used. Why not exchange them for some new-to-you cookbooks? Old, new, ethnic, simple, favorite or never been used books-give them a new home. Just bring your cookbooks to the centre and trade them for something new. There is no charge to participate in the JSCC's first ever cookbook exchange. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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