April 6, 2017
Grants and Awards
2017 MINISTER'S SENIORS SERVICE AWARDS

The Minister's Seniors Service Awards recognize outstanding Albertans of any age who volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of seniors. Alberta Seniors and Housing is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 awards in three categories: 
  • Individual (any age) 
  • Organization 
  • Alice Modin Award (65 years or older who has provided 20 years or more of volunteer service) new this year
All nominees will be recognized at community celebrations to be held across Alberta during the summer. The Minister will select up to eight award recipients to be honoured at a special ceremony in the fall of 2017. The nomination deadline is May 19, 2017.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
ACTIVE LIVING RESOURCES

The Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) has rebranded and is now called Active Aging Canada. Active Aging Canada supports lifelong healthy active aging of adult Canadians through participation, education, research, and promotion. They've developed a new user friendly website which contains a variety of helpful resources for practitioners such as tip sheets and Healthy Living Workshop Toolkit.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
FAMILY & PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS
Home Instead Senior Care
April and May
Location: Family Education Training Centre (13B Fairway Drive - in Westbrook mall near 119 St. & 37 Ave.)
Free

Seniors, family members, health care professionals and caregivers are welcome to attend these caregiver workshops. Topics for April and May include:
  • Hospice Family Caregiver Training
  • Heart Attack & Stroke Education
  • Community Infection Prevention & Control
  • Assisting Client with Arthritis
  • Patient & Doctor Communication
  • Alzheimer's Family Caregiver
  • Improving Communication with Aging Parents
Pre-register at least three business days in advance by calling:
Home Instead - West Edmonton: 780-439-9990
Home Instead - East Edmonton: 780-465-5373
HOW TO SELL EVENT SPONSORSHIPS - A STEP BY STEP GUIDE
CharityHowTo
April 13, 11 a.m. or April 19, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
$87

Selling event sponsorships is hard for most nonprofits because they haven't learned to find them the right way. Sponsorship is sales not philanthropy. You have to know how and what to sell - and it's not a mention in your gala program book. In this webinar, an expert on sponsorship and building win-win partnerships with businesses will share tips and tactics for selling event sponsorships. You'll learn:
  • How to find your first or next sponsor
  • What sponsors want and look for
  • How to organize your sponsorship materials
  • How to structure sponsorship levels and pricing
  • How to deliver a sponsorship pitch that seals the deal
EFFECTIVE INTERCULTURAL PRACTICE WORKSHOP
REACH
April 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (11000 Stadium Road)
$40 for REACH members; $55 for non-members

This interactive workshop is intended to examine the concept of culture, the effect culture has in one's personal and professional life, as well as the role biases and power can play in our interactions with others. Participants will explore:
  • What culture is and how our own cultural lens influences our work
  • Differences between immigrant and refugee status and the economic and social experiences of refugees in Edmonton
  • Power and privilege and its impact on relationships
  • Opportunities to practice intercultural skills in small groups with community leaders (Somali, Sudanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Spanish speaking, South Asian and Cambodian)
TOP SEVEN FUNDRAISING TIPS
Nonprofit Hub
April 26, 12:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

You dream of a strong, vibrant community and have a sense of how to make it real. But how can you rally the funds you need to connect your vision to action? This webinar will provide concrete tips and tools for individual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, and online campaigns, plus point you in the right direction for more information.
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
CLOTHING SWAP
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue) 
April 10, 1-3 p.m.

Want to clean out your closet and maybe even get something nice for yourself? Bring your clean, gently worn clothing that you no longer use to the EASC to participate in this clothing swap. Please note any items that you do not get rid of will have to be taken with you as EASC cannot take clothing donations here. Call 780-476-6595 for more information.
POT LUCK & GAMES NIGHT
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
April 21, doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.
$2/person with a dish; $5/person without a dish

Join in the fun and games and bring along your favorite dish to share. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
COMMUNITY CLOTHING SWAP
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
April 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day! Bring your best (no rips or stains) five pieces of clothing or accessories (shoes, handbags, and jewelry) and exchange them for new-to-you items. Leftovers will be donated to charity. No cost to attend. For more information and to RSVP in advance call 780-496-2997.
CHORALAIRES CONCERT
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
April 22, 2 p.m.
Location: McClure United Church (13708 74 Street)
$10

The Choralaires present "Musical Delights". For tickets call 780-476-4010.
BOOK AND PLANT SALE
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
April 26

Calling all book lovers and gardeners to the CLSA spring Book Sale! Books, CDs, and DVDs will be available to fill your summer wish list. There will also be a table for gardeners to donate any extra seedlings or plants for others to enjoy.

Looking to downsize your belongings? CLSA welcomes donations of gently used books and audiovisual items until April 24. For more information, call 780-496-7369.
SUCCULENT ARRANGEMENTS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
April 28, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$25 members; $30 non-members

Succulents are very popular these days. They are kept for their ease of care and feeding and their striking appearance. Today, you will see them for sale at garden centers, nurseries, and botanical gardens. Susan Parker from the Edmonton Horticultural Society will walk you through creating and caring for your own succulent arrangement. Bring your own 10-inch or 12-inch pot. Registration is required by April 24. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
DOOR TO DOOR SALES

The City of Edmonton's Neighbourhood Empowerment Team is interested in hearing about the experiences Edmontonians who are 55+ have had with door to door sales in the city. Share your experiences by completing this online survey. Contact Connie Marciniuk at connie.marciniuk@edmonton.ca or 780-975-3921 if you have any questions or would like to provide additional feedback not captured in the survey.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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