April 7, 2016
Seniors Sector News
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY
My World...Your WORLD...Our World ... Free of Elder Abuse
June 15, noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Centre (11113 113 Street)

Save the date and plan to attend the Proclamation Event planned by the Seniors Protection Partnership (Catholic Social Services, Community Services - City of Edmonton, Edmonton Police Service, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton, Covenant Health), 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)
Grants and Awards
COMMUNITY FUND FOR CANADA'S 150TH
Edmonton Community Foundation in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada

Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 is a chance to encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that will foster a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy now and for future generations.

Edmonton charities can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to support locally-led projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives that mark Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Applications are due April 29, 2016.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
SPECIAL MOBILITY-IMPAIRED ON-SITE DRIVING TOURS
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

A mobility-impaired tour program provides improved access to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Pre-booked groups are allowed to bring their own bus/van and drive through the historic areas. Participants remain on board while a costumed guide brings the museum experience to them. Groups have the choice of morning or afternoon tours with lunch. This tour option is offered on Wednesdays in July and on Tuesdays in August. Review program details and contact uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or 780-662-3640 for more information.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO DRIVE MORE VISITORS TO YOUR WEBSITE
idealware
Thursdays, April 21 - May 5, 3 - 4 p.m. Eastern
$120

Your organization has a website full of great content and valuable resources, but how do you get the word out and increase your visitors? This three-part webinar series will show you strategies and tactics for directing people to your website and its content. Learn how to use the resources you already have to increase traffic, optimize your content and your site's structure for search, and use Google Analytics to analyze who's coming to your site and how they're interacting with it.
THINK TANK - VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
April 22, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: ECVO Training Room, Suite 258, 8330 - 82 Avenue
Free

How do you recognize volunteers and why? How do volunteers like to be recognized? What is the impact of your recognition events & activities?
Join your colleagues and explore how you can put the volunteer back into volunteer recognition. Learn from others and begin to rethink the way you recognize volunteers. Register now.
25 FREE AND LOW-COST TOOLS FOR NONPROFITS
idealware
May 4, 12 - 1 p.m. Eastern
Free

You wear a lot of hats and have a lot to do. What tools can help you do and be your best on a nonprofit budget? Join idealware for a webinar exploring free and low-cost tools that range from photo editing and design apps to time management and collaboration tools.
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
SENIORS OUTREACH WORKER (TEMPORARY)
Strathcona County Family and Community Services

The Seniors Outreach Worker will focus on strengthening the well-being and improving the quality of life for Strathcona County seniors. Key responsibilities include:
  • Conducts home visits with seniors and their families who have complex issues (social isolation, grief/loss, mental health, transportation, advocacy, housing, health and addictions)
  • Conducts needs assessments, develops case plans and provides information, advocacy and supportive referrals; develops trusting relationships
  • Facilitates and monitors the client's progress towards attaining goals and make adjustments to case plans as necessary

Key qualifications include a post-secondary degree in the Human Services field and a minimum of three years' experience working with seniors and their families and an understanding of gerontology and the aging process.

Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The deadline is April 15.
PART-TIME COOK
North West Edmonton Seniors Society

Cooking experience is necessary and a Food Safe Certificate would be beneficial.
Hour of work are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, plus Friday's for special functions.
Review the job posting for application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CAREGIVER COLLAGE WORKSHOP AND RESEARCH STUDY
No cost to participants

University of Alberta researchers conducting a study called The Use of Collage Techniques as a Means of Eliciting Story about Home Care and Caregiving: The Family Caregiver's Perspective invite you to participate. 

This study will explore what it means to receive home care services and be a primary caregiver for a family member. The study information will be used to increase understanding about home care and inform home care and caregiving policy. Caregivers are invited to participate in an arts-based workshop (April 19 or 20 from 1-4:30 p.m.), create a collage, and take part in an interview. 

If you would like to learn more about this study, contact Kelly Shaw (Research Assistant) in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta at 780-492-5914 or ktshaw@ualberta.ca.
PROVINCIAL TRANSIT STRATEGY ENGAGEMENT

The Government of Alberta is committed to hearing about the transportation needs of Albertans living in rural and urban communities across the province. This information will help provide a better understanding of the varying public transportation issues, challenges and opportunities.

Albertans and transportation stakeholders are invited to provide input that will be used to inform the development of program criteria for new municipal transit initiatives and rural bus service funding, and the development of a provincial transit strategy. Feedback will be accepted until April 29, 2016.
INFORMATION ABOUT GERIATRIC PROGRAM

This video highlights how the Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network's geriatric program works.
TECHNO TIME
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)

Two upcoming classes will help you keep up with the fast moving techno world.

iPad Class for the Beginner
April 13 - May 4, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
$25
Come and learn what iPads can do for you, from email and weather reports to online shopping and updated news and information. The opportunities are endless!

Working with Photos on Mobile Devices Workshop
April 14, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
$14
Discover basic tips on composing photos and exposure basics. Learn the simple editing features built into your device and use your phone or tablet to take your snaps and know what and how to deal with them. This course is designed for mobile Samsung and/or Apple devices only.

Call 780-483-1209 for information.
HOUSING INFORMATION WORKSHOPS
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)

Types of Housing Explained
April 19, 1 p.m.
Free
Condo, life-lease, assisted living and more. Learn about the different types of housing and housing options for seniors in this informative presentation. 

Managing Your Move
April 19, 2 p.m.
Free
Explore the issues involved in downsizing and get valuable tips to save you time, money and stress.
 
Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
SENIORS UNITED NOW MEETINGS

The North West Edmonton Chapter of SUN Seniors United Now welcomes you to attend their monthly meeting through which they address seniors issues of concern. A friendly welcome awaits all. Please join them for coffee, friendship and informative speakers. 

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at Trinity United Church (8810 Meadowlark Road). Registration is at 1 p.m. and speaker at 2 p.m.

The speaker on April 20 is Rod Risling, Taxation and Assessment - City of Edmonton.
SPRING FLING
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
April 29

Gather at Strathcona Place for fun, a raffle, prizes, a delicious lunch, socializing and much more. A special Spring Fling lunch can be yours for just $10. Raffle tickets are on sale now at the Front Desk for $10 for 50 tickets. Funds from the sale of the raffle tickets support the array of programs, activities and services offered by Strathcona Place 55+ Centre. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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