August 10, 2017
Seniors Sector News

The Minister's Seniors Service Awards recognize Albertans who improve the lives of seniors through their volunteer service. This year, 48 individuals and 12 organizations are nominated for the 2017 Minister's Seniors Service Awards. There are an additional 24 nominees for the inaugural Alice Modin Award which honours a senior who has contributed long-term service to their community. View the complete list of nominees.

All nominees will be recognized at community celebrations to be held across Alberta during the summer. The Edmonton celebration will be held:
Monday, August 14
9 -11 a.m.
Mill Woods Seniors Association
#210, 2610 Hewes Way

From all the nominees, the Minister of Seniors and Housing will select up to eight award recipients to be honoured at a ceremony in the fall of 2017.

The Government of Alberta is asking for input on proposed changes to the Act respecting age discrimination. Your perspectives and ideas will help inform changes made.

They are seeking specific input on whether the Act should include provisions to allow:
  • programs and activities that provide a protection or benefit to minors and seniors, and if so how should "seniors" be defined (relevant to section 4)?
  • seniors-only housing, and if so what should be the relevant age restriction (relevant to sections 4 and 5)?
They also seeking input about if there are unintended consequences to the addition of "age" to sections 4 and 5 that should be taken into account.

They have created a guide to help participants focus their thoughts and responses.

Submit your written response by August 31, 2017, to the Alberta Human Rights Act - Age Amendments Team by email at 
or by mail to:
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
Age Amendments Team
4th Floor, Bowker Building, 9833-109 Street
Edmonton, AB, T5K 2E8
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards

Canadians over 50 are the fastest growing segment of the business start-up population. What better time than Canada's 150th to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience to make an idea or a long-held dream a reality?

The awards are open to all Canadian resident entrepreneurs who have started a business after they turned 50 years old. Entrepreneurs must be majority owners of the business and the head office of the business must be located in Canada. Apply or nominate someone for the inaugural WISE 50 Over 50 Awards by August 31.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)

For the month of August, Idealware is offering select course recordings for 50 per cent off. Some of the useful webinars include:
  • Accidental Techie - How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Background
  • The Accidental Designer: How to Design Images Like a Pro
  • Using Pro Bono Help for Tech Projects
  • Managing Tech Projects: A Nonprofit Crash Course
  • New Administration, New Risks? How To Protect Your Nonprofit's Data
  • 10 Tips for Measuring Programs with Data
  • Visual Storytelling: The Complete Infographic Toolkit for Nonprofits
View the entire list of recorded webinars. To redeem your discount, just enter Summer17 when you check out.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
Network for Good
August 24, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

Research shows that when your donors feel appreciated, they make larger gifts and give more. Sending a thank you letter or online receipt is just the beginning. #DonorLove can be so much MORE. In this lively session, a fundraising expert will share:
  • Easy donor recognition tactics to increase individual contributions.
  • Simple steps to create deeper connections with donors.
  • Unique ideas to keep your supporters feeling the love year-round.
September 7, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

Fundraising managers know advanced planning is essential to achieving targets in an annual fundraising program. But many fundraising managers disregard this wisdom when it comes to planning a capital campaign. In this webinar you'll learn how to start planning for a capital campaign one year before your feasibility study. Learn what critical items to get started on early to position your capital campaign for success.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
Sept. 20, Sept. 27 & Oct. 4, 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
St. John's Institute (11024 82 Avenue)

Nonprofit organizations that exercise strong financial management skills can better fulfill their mission and deliver high-quality services. ECVO along with experts from KPMG and Hilary Rose, CPA, CA have created a valuable financial management course to get you and your nonprofit organization fiscally fit.

This 3-day program is tailored to the nonprofit sector and will strengthen the financial skills of nonprofit professionals, executives and board members.
This course qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant which will cover up to two thirds of the training cost if your organization is eligible.
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
Canterbury Foundation (Health Services Division)

As a platform for growth within the Health Services department, this Program Manager role provides the opportunity to shape the uniqueness of care models and approaches to nursing within this senior's living facility. 

The Canterbury Foundation is seeking an ambitious, motivated, and influential Registered Nurse that will not only be relied upon for decision making, but for encouraging and delivering service excellence. The Program Manger will sustain a continuous improvement mindset, and will be responsible for the execution of the health services strategy, which promotes the dignity, independence, self-determination, privacy and choice of seniors.  Requirements include a Bachelor's Degree, good standing license with CARNA, and minimum of 3 years experience and demonstrated success in a continuing care role. 

Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. For more information, or to submit your resume, please contact Sandy Jacobson (Vice President of Richardson Executive Search), at 780-944-137 or 
GEF Seniors Housing

The Community Support Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the implementation of the Meaningful Engagement Project and identifying and implementing strategies to enhance programs within the organization that will improve community culture and support meaningful engagement of seniors. The successful candidate will be responsible for working with seniors to identify barriers to engagement and facilitate connections to internal and external community resources, utilize data to inform programmatic changes and development as well as engage staff in the delivery of innovative senior relevant engagement activities.

Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The position will remain open until filled. 
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
August 18, 6-9 p.m.
$5 for non-members/$4 for members

EASC is hosting an evening dance with a 60's theme. There will be a 60s play list, prizes for best female and male costume, 50/50 and light snacks and refreshments. All are welcome. Come have a blast from the past! RSVP by August 16 by phoning 587-525-8969.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
August 22, 12-2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

Learn about sleep, how to build a sleep routine, and tools and tips for a successful rest including essential oils. Join in on the discussion about what your challenges are and some solutions that you can try. Leave this workshop with a list of tips and samples of essential oils. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Callingwood Farmers' Market
August 23, 12-3 p.m.

The Seniors Social will feature live music, free coffee/tea and snacks, and a yoga/stretch class at 1 p.m. led by a Jamie Platz YMCA instructor. Enjoy shopping the farmers' market vendors. The social will be set up in the covered courtyard at The Marketplace at Callingwood and the event will go rain or shine. 
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
August 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
$30 (includes all materials)

Join in an evening of fun, laughter, and socializing with friends while creating a one of a kind painting. This is a guided, step by step process that will be led by the instructor. It is recommended to wear appropriate clothing for painting. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Purchase your tickets at the centre. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
August 24, 4-8 p.m.
$10 per ticket which includes admission and food

Celebrate the diversity and culture that is the heart of Mill Woods. There will be authentic, cultural foods and live entertainment. Purchase tickets by August 18. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Jewish Family Services
Cost: donation ask basis

Jewish Family Services' program Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss is once again offering its group series this fall. 

Roads to Healing is an introductory 2-hour session where grief, self-care, and coping strategies are explored. For those wanting to pursue group counselling, there is the 7-week Navigating the Rivers of Grief series. Finding Meaning, Finding Me is a level two, 7-session, group series for those who have completed a Navigating the Rivers Series and are wanting to continue to explore their grief journey and healing. 

Pre-registration for the groups is required. Call 780-454-1194 and ask for Michael Yankowski. The groups are offered in various parts of the city:

Roads to Healing Tuesday Sept. 5 1-3 p.m. SWESA
Navigating the Rivers of Grief Tuesdays Sept. 12-Oct. 4 1-3 p.m. SWESA
Roads to Healing
Thursday Sept. 7 6:30-8:30 p.m. Londonderry EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief
Thursdays Sept. 14-Oct. 26 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Londonderry EPL
Roads to Healing
Friday Oct 27 1-3 p.m. MWSA-Millwoods EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief
Tuesdays Nov. 3-Dec. 15 1-3 p.m. MWSA-Millwoods EPL
Roads to Healing
Tuesday Oct. 31 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Capilano EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief
Tuesdays Nov. 7-Dec. 19 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Capilano EPL
Finding Meaning, Finding Me Thursdays Nov. 2-Dec. 14 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Londonderry EPL

Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
September 6
Shot Gun Tee off at 10 a.m.
Barbecue and Trade Show from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come on out for a fun 'wee' round of golf at the Kinsmen Par 3 then back over to the centre for a barbecue lunch and very informative trade show for services available to seniors and to your home renovation needs as well. Call 780-433-5807 to sign up to participate or to book your booth space.
Catholic Social Services Immigration Services
Thursdays starting September 7, 1-3 p.m.
Location: 8212 118 Avenue

At this drop-in program, seniors can enjoy activities, games, art, crafts and knitting, and practice English in a fun and interactive way. The flyer has more details. Contact Ockhee Kang at 780-391-3279 or by email at for more information.
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
September 13, 1:30 p.m.

Have you always wanted to arrange your cut flowers in your favourite vase at home so it looks the same as on TV or at the flower shop? This workshop can help you with that. ESC is offering an opportunity to create autumn themed arrangements to fill your home with fall colours. You take home a mid-sized arrangement with $60 worth of product, and you also get ESC's homemade cookies and beverages. Must be registered and paid by September 6. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m.
$38 before Sept. 12 and $46 after Sept.12

How do we determine justice? Justice means different things to different people, depending on the side of crime or conflict. Challenge how you look at headlines and outcomes in this interesting new course co-presented by Sue Hopgood and Doug Heckbert. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
Parkinson Association of Alberta

Part-time mature receptionists are required for the Edmonton office to ensure that people living with Parkinson's disease and their families feel welcomed and supported at first contact with our association.

This position may require 1-2 people willing to commit 4-20 hours per week beginning September 1, 2017. Days of the week would be Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m. Days may be split into shorter shifts. A three-month commitment is preferred.  Read more about the duties and qualifications required.

Apply in person, via email or postal mail to Wendy Porter at:
11209 - 86 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 3H7
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)

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