April 28, 2016
Seniors Sector News
HOARDING DATA COLLECTION PROJECT
May 2016

The Edmonton Hoarding Coalition is attempting to gain a more accurate picture of the amount of resources expended on cases involving hoarding within the city of Edmonton through a Data Collection Project. This data will give a clearer indication of both the financial and social ramifications of hoarding behaviors in Edmonton.

It is imperative to enlist the participation of as many agencies and community service providers as possible in this project, as the coalition hopes the resulting data will aid in informing policies and services. Participants will be asked to track the amount of encounters and time spent on cases of hoarding throughout the month of May by using a survey tool provided through an online link. The survey tool allows for simple as well as complex encounters and single as well as multiple encounters. 

If you would like to participate in this important project, email Colleen Derksen at cderksen@mysage.ca or Haley Gardiner at Haley.Gardiner@covenanthealth.ca. An email including the link will be sent out this Friday and the link will be activated on May 1.
SENIORS' WEEK EVENTS

If your organization is hosting events or celebrations during Seniors' Week (June 6-12) let us know. Janelle, ESCC's Communications Coordinator, is creating an event calendar and will be promoting Seniors' Week activities in various ways. Email memberservices@seniorscouncil.net by May 11 with your event details.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO WRITE AN AWESOME ANNUAL REPORT: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
CharityHowTo
May 5, 11 a.m. MDT or May 11, 1 p.m. MDT
$87

Too often, we publish annual reports that are too long, too full of data people don't want or need, and not focused enough on how giving impacts mission or people and communities served. In this webinar, you'll learn:
  • What an annual report is supposed to do (vs. what many organizations use it for)
  • Sections you should include in an inspiring annual report
  • How to incorporate meaningful results
  • How to tell a story through your annual report
  • Publication options beyond print - social media, website, digital books
INTRODUCTION TO APPRECIATIVE POLICY MAKING
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
May 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: ECVO/ALIGN Training Room, Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre
$55 ECVO member, $80 general (includes dinner)

No policy manual is perfect but the goal is to create a manual that is right for your organization both in the present and for what you wish to be in the future. It's about a lot more than using templates. By attending this workshop you will:
  • Gain a strong understanding of what good policies look like
  • Learn how to develop good policies
  • Determine the best presentation format for your organization's policies

This workshop will help your policy committee be better prepared to participate in ECVO's monthly Policy Labs. Registration includes one free committee admission to one Policy Lab.

BOARD DEVELOPMENT OPEN WORKSHOP
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
May 28, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: ECVO/ALIGN Training Room, Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre
$25 members, $35 non-members

If you're a new board member wanting to learn more about your role or an experienced board member wishing to enhance your skills and work effectively as a team member then this workshop is for you. Expect to learn the answers to the following questions and more:
  • What are my legal and ethical responsibilities?
  • What role do I play in governing our organization?
  • How can our board organize its work fairly and efficiently to avoid volunteer and staff burnout?
  • How can we develop policies that will help us make consistent decisions?
  • How can we encourage teamwork between the board and staff?
Please note that the workshop content will focus on incorporated not-for-profit organizations.
THE COST OF CARING: TAKING STOCK AND NURTURING SELF-CARE WORKSHOP
REACH Edmonton
Monday June 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Green & Gold Room (Multipurpose Room 6), Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre
$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 frontline caring professions. This is increasingly evident as we are asked to do "more and more with less and less", which may also threaten to overwhelm coping abilities. This presentation will provide an overview of:
  • Compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue
  • Vicarious traumatization and burnout
  • The factors that contribute to these concepts
  • 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)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
PROJECT MANAGER - PEGASIS
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

ESCC is recruiting for a Project Manager who will play a critical role on an exciting and innovative collaborative project that will generate population level impact to reduce social isolation of marginalized seniors in Edmonton.

The Project Manager for the Pan Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation for Seniors (PEGASIS) will implement the project plan for the backbone component of this collective impact initiative. This involves engaging and convening partners; providing communication and community engagement support to the collaboration; disseminating information and using/overseeing online collaborative project management tools; organizing learning opportunities; and creating materials and reports that tie to internal/external communications related to the initiative.

Review the job posting for a complete job description, salary range, hours, etc. Applicants can forward their resumes by midnight, May 10, 2016 to executivedirector@seniorscouncil.net or fax to 780-428-3844 attention Sheila Hallett. Please note that the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is located.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
DROP-IN BADMINTON
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11:30 a.m.
Drop-in fee is $2 for members and $3 for non-members

Equipment provided. All levels welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
ADULT COLOURING
SCONA (10440 84 Ave)
Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.
One-time fee of $5. Supplies provided

Adult colouring is the new rage! You'll feel like you just spent an hour in your garden. Call 780-433-5377 for information.
MAHJONG DROP-IN GROUP
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Free (no membership required)

Sage has a Mahjong table and English set for play. Drop in, meet friends and enjoy the world's most popular tile game. Majhong is very similar to gin rummy. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for information.
MOTHER'S DAY DINNER
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)
May 6, 5 p.m.
$14 members, $16 non-members

Treat the most important woman in your life to a nice dinner (chicken, mashed potatoes, coffee and dessert) in the cozy café. Enjoy the meal and conversation to the sweet sounds of live piano playing. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
INTERGENERATIONAL BALLET WORKSHOP
Mile Zero Dance
May 11, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 10816 95 Street
Free

This ballet class is designed to provide a gentle, slow-paced class which explores the fundamentals of ballet within a safe studio space. Focusing on basic technique, strength, flexibility, and coordination this class is designed for those with limited or no ballet experience. All abilities welcome. No registration is required. For more information call 780-719-6585 or email education@milezerodance.com.
CARP AGM
May 19, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Old Timers Cabin (9430 Scona Road)
$5 members, $10 non-members (memberships available at the door)

CARP Edmonton Chapter 13 invites members and interested persons to attend their Annual General Meeting. The Honorable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing will be the guest speaker. Question time will follow and a light lunch will be served. To register call 780-690-7490 or email Edmonton@carp.ca.
MAY MAD HATTERS TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Ave)
May 20, 2-4 p.m.
$5

The tea features entertainment by the Handbells Choir. Tickets are available until May 13. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
CRAFTS WORKSHOPS
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)

Reuse Centre
May 25
Free
Learn to reuse everyday items and turn them into creative colorful crafts while learning about the City of Edmonton Reuse Centre. 

Scrap-booking/Card-making Workshop
May 27
$3 - all supplies included
Create simple, colorful, fun designs and learn card making techniques, tips and tricks. You'll be pro in no time.

Call 780-433-5807 for more information on these workshops.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
GREETERS AND ATTENDANCE VOLUNTEERS
Continuing Care and Community Living EXPO 2016
May 6 at Northlands EXPO Centre

Volunteers are needed for EXPO 2016, Alberta's largest independent living and mobility show. 

Four shifts are available:
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: 2 greeters and 1 attendance
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: 2 greeters and 1 attendance
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM: 2 greeters and 1 attendance
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM: 2 greeters and 1 attendance

Duties:
  • When you arrive, you will be stationed at the main doors to the EXPO hall.
  • You will be provided with programs (greeters) or an attendance tracker device (attendance)
  • Familiarize yourself with the program, the layout of the Hall and nearest restrooms, and food and beverage areas.
  • Greeters will provide the handouts to each attendee, noting that the exhibitors, poster listings and information sessions are listed in their programs. Greeters should be prepared to answer general questions about presentation times, location of washrooms, parking, etc.
  • Attendance volunteer will ensure the attendance tracker device is updated for each guest.
  • At the end of your shift, please proceed to the EXPO event room (In Hall H), transfer your remaining programs and your attendance tracker device to the next set of greeters and attendance volunteers. We invite all volunteers to stay and enjoy the presentations and review the exhibit booths.

EXPO 2016 will offer the latest thinking, strategies, technologies and solutions to support independent living. Contact Carol Wilson at carol.wilson@albertahealthservices.ca or 780-735-8283 if you are able to volunteer and note your preferred shift.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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