August 24, 2017
Seniors Sector News

RECREATION AND WELLNESS
DIRECTORY FOR OLDER ADULTS

The 2017-2018 edition of the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults is hot off the presses! 

The directory features arts, fitness, technology, health and recreational activities for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area. This year's directory includes 1400 group programs, clubs, courses and events from 53 organizations - our largest ever!

Deliveries are currently underway to organizations that placed advance orders. Seniors and organizations are welcome to pick up free copies of the directory at the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (#255 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre). You can also find a searchable online version of the directory and a downloadable PDF at www.seniorscouncil.net/programs.
BUS TO GREY MATTERS

If you're planning on attending the Grey Matters Conference from September 11-13 and don't want to worry about driving to and from Hinton, consider hopping on our bus to the conference.

Email Sheila Hallett at sheila@seniorscouncil.net if you want to participate. The price is $65 per person (round trip). Arrange for a cheque to be sent to the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and your seat will be secured once we receive payment.

The plan is to leave from Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre at 1 p.m. on September 11. If you wish to leave your car at the mall we will notify mall administration. The bus will depart Hinton on September 13 at about 3:30 or 4 p.m. 

The bus we have chartered has wi-fi and a washroom on board. Grey Matters has arranged a shuttle service between all the hotels and the conference site, so that takes care of transportation within Hinton during the conference.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Professional Development
LEVERAGING DATA AT THE CENTRE TO IMPROVE OPERATIONAL AND PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS, PARTICIPANT SATISFACTION AND FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Registration for this workshop has exceeded capacity of our original location so we've moved it to a new location to accommodate more people! 

Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and MySeniorCenter
September 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Senior Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Parking is free

Having access to data about the programs and services your senior centre offers is a must in today's funding world. Join us for an interactive dialogue and technology demonstration of the MySeniorCenter database option that is being used by several local senior centres (and thousands of centres in the U.S). Jeff Rothberg from MySeniorCenter will talk about the system and answer questions about its capabilities when it comes to case management, online registration for classes/events, program management and reporting. 

We are inviting current system users, those who are curious about the system (potential users) and funders who require reporting based on outcomes. This is also an opportunity to hear from Edmonton users of MySeniorCenter. Current users may learn something new as we will explore ways to create actionable data that can aid in program and service planning. Funders who provide resources for social and program support at senior centres can see how technology can be used to create reports and evaluate outcomes.

Register online by September 11.
HEARING ACCESS IN EDMONTON: LOOPING CANADA PRESENTATION
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Edmonton Branch
September 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Heritage Room

Learn about LOOP Systems for people with hearing loss. Guest speaker, audiologist Juliette Sterkens, and a panel of speakers will present. RSVP by September 8 to 780-428-6622 or email chha-ed@shaw.ca. Refreshments will be provided.
TOOLS AND STRATEGIES FOR ONLINE PROGRAM DELIVERY
Idealware
Thursdays, September 14 - 28, 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
$120

Technology can help you deliver more information and services to more people for less money, but only if you have the right tools and understand how to use them. This three-week course will provide an overall framework for thinking about when technology can help-and when it can't.
The series will explore a wide range of examples of nonprofits using online and mobile technology such as social media, websites, video conferencing, texting, and document assembly to reach more people with programs and services.
ECVO LEADERSHIP SERIES PRESENTS: BEER AND BULLSHIT!
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
September 28, 6-9 p.m.
Location: CRAFT Beer Market (10013 101 A Avenue)
$10 ECVO member / $15 non-member

Executive Directors, this is your chance to connect with fellow EDs, take part in insightful conversation all while drinking a pint and enjoying delicious appetizers. The theme of this event is Networked Fueled Insights. Network with peers and discuss the challenges and opportunities EDs face while working in the nonprofit sector.
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
SAFE HOUSE COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

Reporting to the Safe House Manager, this position is responsible for coordinating accommodation in Sage Seniors' Safe House, conducting assessments, coordinating the services required by the clients of the program and arranging timely discharge from the program. In addition to case management, this position will assist in informing potential referral sources about the service, coordinating the services provided by participating agencies and working with the various agencies to ensure the needs of clients are met. The coordinator will assist the Safe House Manager with other related duties as required. 

The successful candidate will hold a degree or diploma in Social Work. Experience working with older adults and/or victims of abuse is required. The position requires the ability to become registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers, hold a valid Driver's License and show proof of 2-million-dollar liability insurance.

This is a 2-year temporary, full-time position. For a complete job description, visit www.MySage.ca. Submit your resume by August 30, 2017.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT MANAGER
GEF Seniors Housing

The Community Support Manager is responsible for overseeing the New Horizons for Seniors (NHSP) funding of the GEF Outreach Program in addition to managing the support resource to Sites for tenants/residents with social support needs. The successful candidate will be responsible for assessments, interventions, and referrals where applicable and providing supportive counselling and problem solving to residents/tenants on a prioritized basis.

Requirements:
  • Strong English communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Degree in Social Work or Human Services is required
  • Experience working in a supervisory or management position would be an asset
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with Seniors and/or persons with addictions or mental health issues is an asset
  • Strong customer service skills including the ability to interact with seniors in a respectful manner
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills with a flexible and collaborative approach
  • Strong negotiating and conflict resolution skills
  • Must have vehicle and valid driver's license
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
SOUTH CLAREVIEW SENIORS HUB
South Clareview Community League (3250 132A Avenue)

The South Clareview Seniors Hub is a new initiative aimed at providing all inclusive fun activities for seniors. 

All are welcome to join the South Clareview Seniors Hub Coffee Club. Drop in for a coffee on the first and third Tuesday each month at 1 p.m. and the second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Coffee Club has spawned a walking club, a bicycle riders group, bocce ball players, cards and board game participants and a book exchange so far. 

Organizers are open to suggestions on new activities. if you are interested in sharing, participating in, or teaching any activity, they would love to hear from you. Contact them at 780-473-3593 or email events@southclareview.ca. Learn more at www.southclareview.ca or on Facebook.
TRAVEL & VACCINES PRESENTATION
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
August 29, 10 a.m.
Free

A Safeway pharmacist will share information about vaccines and health precautions to take while travelling abroad. If you travel or dream of travelling, attend this presentation. Free. All are welcome. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
ALBERTA RAILWAY MUSEUM TRIP
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
August 29, depart EASC at 10:30 a.m., return at 2 p.m.
$8/person

The Alberta Railway Museum is the third largest railway museum in Canada with a rustic outdoor display of railway equipment and buildings. The site replicates a small terminal with a station, water tanks and shops. The EASC is taking a group of up to six people to experience a walking tour and speeder train ride. Call 587-525-8970 to book your spot. Note: open toe shoes are not permitted and people with walkers or wheelchair will not be able to participate in the walking tour due to the rustic and natural environment of the museum grounds.
MILKY WAY DAYS STAR PARTY AT ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street) 
September 3, 6-9 p.m.
$25 per person

Call 780-488-4241 or email jdic@shaw.ca for tickets.
GRANDPARENT'S DAY BBQ
September 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Legislature Grounds
Free

AUPE's Women's Committee will be hosting the annual Grandparents' Day BBQ at the Legislature Grounds.
FALL ACTIVITIES
South-West Senior's Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)

  • Crafts, Clogging and Choir: Tuesdays starting Sept. 12. Join in Creative Crafts from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Clogging for Fun from 11 a.m.-noon and Choir from 1-3 p.m. These activities require a $10/year membership and there is no other weekly cost involved. 
  • Yoga and Zumba: Wednesdays starting Sept. 6. Gentle Yoga from 10-11 a.m. and Zumba Gold from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Drop in classes are $6/person with a $10/year membership or $8 for non-members. The first class is free for those who have never been before. 
  • Thursday Lunches with Entertainment: Starting Sept. 7. Coffee and visiting can be as early as 10:30 a.m. Purchase your luncheon/entertainment ticket by 11:45 a.m. Enjoy a hot meal including salad, dessert, coffee, and tea followed by a variety of entertainers. $10/person with a $10/year membership or $12 for non-members.
Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
OPEN HOUSE
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
September 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

There will be a community fair, program information, free class demonstrations, refreshments and more. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
WELCOME BACK BBQ
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
September 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
$10

Enjoy food, silent auction, games and more! Purchase tickets by August 31. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
HARVEST OPEN HOUSE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
September 7, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Drop by Westend Seniors Activity Centre to join in on the fun. Starting at 11:30 a.m., there will be a harvest lunch serving chili, cornbread and corn on the cob for only $6. In the afternoon there will be a free hoedown dance along with a cash bar featuring live dance and music performances. Throughout the day there will also be a silent pie auction and a puzzle sale. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
OPEN HOUSE AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
September 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Check out the displays of senior friendly services, clubs and classes. Take tours of the centre every half hour. Have a hot dog lunch. Register for fall classes too! Never been a member before? Now's the time to join with the rest of this year and all of next year for only $35. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
HEARING ACCESS IN EDMONTON: LOOPING CANADA PRESENTATION
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Edmonton Branch
September 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Heritage Room

Learn about LOOP Systems for people with hearing loss. Guest speaker, audiologist Juliette Sterkens, and a panel of speakers will present. RSVP by September 8 to 780-428-6622 or email chha-ed@shaw.ca. Refreshments will be provided.
SQUARE DANCE
West Edmonton Promenaders
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. starting September 19
Location: Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9269 176 Street)

Square dance with this not-for-profit, fun recreational group. No experience? - no problem! No partner? - no problem! Partners are available, as are lessons starting September 19. Ages 10 to 100 are welcome. Dress is casual or dressy, western or traditional. Indoor shoes are required. Today's square dance uses all music - rock, easy listening, pop, classical, C&W. Each evening you will dance the equivalent of five kilometres and enjoy every step, and meet new friends at the same time.
For more information contact Deb or Ruth at 780-462-6763 or 780-489-6545 or ruth@mumbo.ca.
AGING IN PLACE WORKSHOP
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Fridays, Sept. 22-Oct. 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Follow-up meeting on Oct. 27.
$20 (includes coffee and tea)

Most people want to age in their own home. Is that possible? Do you have the resources you need? Have you thought about finances, transportation, health, safety, support and more? This workshop will help give tools to really plan ahead. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301. 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$7 NESA members / $10 non-members

Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise! The September line-up is: Sept. 6 (Diamonds), Sept. 13 (Ghost Riders), Sept. 20 (Sparkling Tones) and Sept. 27 (Chwill Brothers).
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY'S NEWEST RESTORE IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is sustained by volunteers who donate their time and energy to a cause they believe in! ReStore offers flexible, casual volunteer shifts. 

ReStore South (4004 99 St NW) opened its doors at the end of June 2017, and is now looking for volunteers who are interested in giving back to the community, meeting new people, helping customers, and diverting reusable items from the landfill. ReStore is an integral part of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton as all proceeds are used to cover the organization's administration costs so that every dollar donated to the charity goes directly to building homes and serving families! Habitat for Humanity ReStores accept donations of new and gently used home-improvement and household items, and sells them to the general public at a discounted rate. These quality items are generously donated by individuals, businesses and organizations. 

To register as a volunteer and schedule shifts, visit www.hfh.org/volunteer or contact Ryan at 780-451-3416 ext. 234.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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