April 4, 2019
Seniors Sector News
SAGE AWARDS TICKETS

Tickets for the 13th annual Sage Awards are now available. The event celebrates the profound impact seniors have on our communities. 

Recipients and nominees of the Sage Awards include seniors who improve the lives of others and make an imprint for social change, devote themselves to emergent issues, build healthy, just and innovative communities, dedicate themselves to environmental protection, enhancement and stewarding, and excel in inspiring others. The eclectic and diverse assortment of award recipients speaks to the distinct contributions seniors make to our community.

Sage Awards
June 6, 4 - 6 p.m.
Sutton Place Hotel (10235 101 St.)
$50

Tickets can be purchased online. If you prefer to purchase the tickets by mail, email, or phone, fill out a ticket reservation form. For more information, visit www.mysage.ca/events/awards.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
NONPROFIT ELECTION TOOLKIT
CCVO

The Alberta Nonprofit Election Toolkit is a practical guide for nonprofits wishing to engage in advocacy during the 2019 provincial election. The toolkit is intended to help inform a range of nonprofit stakeholders, including executive directors, staff, board members and volunteers, about the context, rules, and strategies that can be used to support nonprofit contributions to public policy dialogue and development. Topics include why advocacy matters, rules of engagement for non-profit advocacy, setting a policy agenda, developing an election engagement strategy, and more.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
TRANSFORMING THE BORED ROOM: FIRECRACKER FACILITATION SKILLS
BoardSource
April 23, 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)
$35 USD

Death by board meeting is no way to go. Traditional models like parliamentary procedure aren't always practical or useful for nonprofit organizations and their meetings. Join this webinar to learn about alternative strategies for effective board meeting facilitation that leverage engagement, accountability, and greater consensus. From planning to follow up, the webinar will cover facilitation techniques and tools to transform your nonprofit meeting practices from every day to exceptional.
HOW AGE-WELL TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING HOMES OF THE FUTURE & PROMOTING INDEPENDENCE FOR ALL
AGE-WELL
April 24, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

AGE-WELL takes a unique approach to technology development by engaging all stakeholders from the beginning to ensure technologies can help older adults age in place and maintain their independence for as long as possible. In this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn about how AGE-WELL has advanced the development of technologies to enhance the home lives of Canadian seniors and their caregivers
  • Understand the global context of technology and aging and where Canada fits
  • Discover examples of successful AGE-WELL innovations being implemented today
START MOBILE-IZING YOUR BASE: LEARN HOW TO GET STARTED WITH SMS
Idealware
April 25, 1 - 2 p.m. (Eastern)
$50 USD

Mobile may be the best direct response tool to engage and reach donors, supporters, volunteers, and voters, and to motivate them to take action. With response rates four times higher than email, more and more nonprofits are beginning to integrate mobile into their digital programs.

But it's hard to know which of the many available digital platforms is best for your nonprofit. Should you use a peer-to-peer platform, or a broadcast platform? Depending on your resources, audience, and goals, maybe you should be using both? How can you best integrate mobile (SMS) into your existing digital programs for advocacy, fundraising, education, and cultivation?

This webinar will discuss how mobile (SMS) can be used effectively by your organization.
ASSESSING INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE
Charity Village
May 9, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Intercultural competence is the capability to accurately understand and adapt behaviour to cultural differences and commonality. Today's professionals - across all sectors - need to be interculturally competent. At the end of this webinar, participants will understand what intercultural competence is, how it can affect an organization, and how to use assessments to achieve cultural competence and inclusion goals.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
LIFE ENRICHMENT COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

This position will work develop, plan and implement programs and activities, provide support and assistance to peer-coordinated groups and clubs offered at Sage, support program volunteers and program instructors, organize activities that enhance the quality of life of participants, as well as programs and sessions that address the physical, emotional and social needs of older people.

The successful candidate will hold a degree or diploma in Human Ecology, Recreational Therapy or other relevant education with 1 to 3 years of experience working with seniors in a social services or recreation capacity preferred. To undergo Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector is required.

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The deadline to apply is April 16.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
TRY ZUMBA GOLD FOR FREE
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
April 12, 11 a.m.

Attend a free Zumba Gold sample class on April 12, and if you like it sign up for the course which runs on Wednesdays from May 8 to June 26, 11 a.m. - noon. The cost for the course is $35 for members and $65 for non-members. Call 780-433-5807 to sign up for the free class or register for the Zumba Gold course.
CULTURAL POTLUCK & GAMES NIGHT
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
April 19, 5:30 p.m.
$2 if you bring a potluck dish; $5 without a potluck dish

Bring your favourite dish to share with everyone and travel the world through taste. You can share about countries visited and destinations you'd love to go to. After your bellies are full, settle in to play some of your favourite card and board games. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
VINTAGE: AN EVENING OF WORKS FROM WELL AGED POETS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
April 24, 7 - 9 p.m.
$5 in advance; $7 at the door

SEESA's 13th annual seniors' poetry event, Vintage, features readings from SEESA members and other local poets plus a special guest reader hand picked by the Edmonton Poetry Festival. A cash bar is available for members and invited guests (by reading this please consider yourself invited) to purchase wine. Tickets are available in advance for at the SEESA front desk or through Eventbrite. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
BARR ESTATE WINERY TOUR
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
May 16, 11:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
$60 members; $65 non-members

Enjoy an outing to Barr Estate Winery which includes a barbecue lunch (included in the cost of the ticket) and a wine tour and tasting. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
CARPET BOWLING AND BRIDGE CLUBS
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

NESA's Carpet Bowling Club and Bridge Club are seeking new members.
  • Carpet Bowling practices are Tuesdays 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. League play is Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $27 for 18 sessions.
  • The Bridge Club runs Thursdays 12:15 - 4 p.m. $26 for 13 weeks starting April 4. 
You're welcome to drop in one time to see what the clubs are all about. Call 780-496-6969 for more details.
GROCERY BAG PROGRAM
Edmonton Meals on Wheels

Do you have trouble getting to the grocery store? Try Meals on Wheels' Grocery Bag program - the convenience of a corner store delivered to your door. The Grocery Bag offers a wide variety of foods chosen to provide a healthy diet based on Canada's Food Guide. Grocery orders are delivered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings by volunteers. Orders must be between $15 and $100. For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org or call 780-429-2020.
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA ACCESSIBILITY STUDY

The University of Alberta Students' Union is seeking participants in a study to talk about their experience navigating any of the University of Alberta campuses. They would like to know how the University of Alberta campus can become more accessible and offer the same choice in the environment for all users. 

Students, staff, instructors, community members, and visitors are welcome to participate. This study will seek to:
  • Inform researchers how everyone can have equitable opportunity to access and participation on campus
  • Inform researchers of the accessibility barriers and how they can be prevented and removed, and, assist us in following up with individuals who face accessibility barriers on campus
Participants can partake in casual one-on-one interviews, a walk-around of campus or an online survey (survey available until April 10). Review the participant information sheet and contact Cooper Csorba at cooper.csorba@su.ualberta.ca or 780-224-0655 for more information
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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