August 8, 2019
Grants and Awards
CMHA ALBERTA DIVISION AWARDS

Don't miss your chance to nominate a mental health leader in your community. CMHA Alberta is pleased to announce the 2019 award nominations are now open. Nominators can nominate an individual or group for one of six awards, including the Nadine Stirling Memorial Award, the Bettie Hewes Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, Communications Award, Professional Care Award, Special Service Award, and Workplace Wellness Award. Nominations are being accepted until Aug. 30.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Resources
TOP 10 TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR MONTHLY DONORS

Just like retention is important with regular donors, it's even more vital for monthly donors. This free 33-page e-book from Nonprofit Library will help you with your monthly donor retention process and show you how to keep your monthly donors active and engaged.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
CHARITY ROADSHOW
CanadaHelps
Aug. 22, 3:45-6:30 p.m.
Free 
Location: Edmonton's Food Bank (Annex Building 11434 120 Street)

Despite the well-documented flattening of charitable giving in Canada, the growth of online giving presents massive opportunities for your organization. The CanadaHelps Charity Roadshow  will share digital knowledge and best practices accumulated from working with thousands of Canadian charities. This event will offer you a glimpse of the state of giving in Canada and share new and updated tools to help you capitalize on these opportunities.
INSTAGRAM FOR BEGINNERS: HOW TO GET SET UP AND START USING INSTAGRAM THE RIGHT WAY
Charity HowTo
Sept. 10, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
$75 USD

Instagram is growing rapidly! Currently, one-third of online adults report using the photo sharing app. Instagram use among small and mid-size non-profits is increasing, but few organizations start using their accounts properly right out of the gate. This webinar will offer expert tips and best practices to make your Instagram marketing a success.
ANNUAL BUILDING DEMENTIA AWARENESS CONFERENCE
Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation (EODAF)
Oct. 3, 7-10 p.m.; Oct. 4, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Oct. 5, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
$100-$410 CAD
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton (16615 109 Avenue)

The Building Dementia Awareness Conference provides education for the person with dementia, care partner and families, healthcare professionals, politicians, students, educators and others interested in learning more about dementia. This is the only open conference where all levels of organizations, government and Albertans can interact, network and collaborate on this important topic.
INTRODUCTION TO BOARD GOVERNANCE
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
Oct. 4, 2:30-5 p.m.; Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Tournament Room-Woodvale Community Facility (4540 50 Street)
$75 CAD

Hosted by the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and presented by the Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women's Board Development Program (BDP), this workshop covers topics that concern boards of incorporated non-profit societies. This workshop is for new board members wanting to learn more about their role and experienced board members seeking to enhance their skills.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
COMMUNITY RELATIONS ASSISTANT
Sage Seniors Association

Sage is hiring a Community Relations Assistant to work closely with their community engagement team to help plan, promote, and manage key Sage events; ensure effective communication of event-related information internally and externally; foster goodwill and partnership across senior-serving sectors; and maintain a consistent, quality experience that reinforces Sage's reputation as a reliable resource for seniors, their families, caregivers, and senior-serving professionals.

This is a part-time, temporary position ending December 21, 2019. Please review the job posting for a full job description and details regarding application instructions. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
THE ANNUAL EDMONTON FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
Fringe Theatre Adventures
Aug. 15-25
$3-13 per ticket plus GST and $3 service fee
Location: Old Strathcona, various venues

The Fringe is an Edmonton-grown, Edmonton-owned tradition. Every August, 1,600+ artists descend upon Edmonton to participate in the largest, longest-running Fringe Festival in North America. With theatre including musicals, improv, stand-up routines, one-man shows, street performances and more, there's something for everyone. Don't delay-get your tickets today!
ARM CHAIR TRAVELS-THE GREEK ISLES
North West Edmonton Seniors Society  (12963 120 Street)
Aug. 13, 10-11 a.m.
Free

No expensive plane ticket is required for this journey to the Greek Isles. All you need is your imagination! Watch videos, discuss history, and learn about current cultural customs. Pose with your posse in front of a green screen and be transported to the Greek Isles instantaneously. Call 780-451-1925 to register.
TECH SAVVY SENIORS
University of Alberta
Various dates, 1-4 p.m.
$25 per session
Location: B-11 Cameron Library, University of Alberta (116 Street and 85 Avenue)

Become a tech wizard with these informative sessions that cover all things tech! Upcoming topics include Sharing Photos from Your Smartphone (Aug. 21), Online Shopping ( Sept. 4) , Becoming More Cyber Secure ( Sept. 18), and Archiving Your Family Photos ( Oct. 2) . Register online  or call 780-492-1397.
FALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION 

Get a head start on planning your Autumn. Many Edmonton seniors centres will begin accepting registrations for Fall activities, programs, and events in mid-August. For more information, contact your nearest seniors centre. So far, we know about the following registration dates.
 
Central Lions Seniors Association
Registration starts Aug. 6.
Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
 
North Edmonton Seniors Association
Registration starts Aug. 19
Call 780-496-6969 for more information.

Strathcona Place Seniors Society
Registration starts Aug. 19
Call 780-433-5807 for more information.

Mill Woods Seniors Association
Registration starts the first week of Aug.
Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
INSOMNIA INFORMATION SESSION
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
Aug. 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

When counting sheep doesn't do the trick, you need a plan B to get some much-needed sleep. Join SWESA for this information session exploring various causes of insomnia. Learn about medicinal, herbal and non-medicinal treatment options to reset your circadian rhythm. Registration is requested but not required. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
OPEN HOUSE AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
Sept. 5,9 a.m.-1 p.m.
$8

Come and see what is happening at SEESA. With 120 programs and classes, including 23 new classes, SEESA has something for everyone. Take advantage of a fantastic new membership deal and pay only $40 for the rest of 2019 and all of 2020. While you visit, make sure to take a tour of SEESA facilities and check out class and club demos. Call 780-468-1985 to register.
OPEN HOUSE
Mill Woods Seniors Association  ( 2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free

Come and see all that Mill Woods Seniors Association has to offer. Their open house features a community resource fair, tours, program demos, and more!
WELCOME BACK FALL BBQ
North Edmonton Seniors Association  (7524 139 Avenue)
Sept. 6, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
$10

Come catch up with friends over a delicious BBQ hamburger lunch. Enjoy some games and learn about NESA's many programs and services while you visit. Call 780-496-6969 to register before Aug. 30.
ACCORDION EXTRAVAGANZA 2019
Edmonton Accordion Society
Sept. 13-14
$15 dance; $30 dinner; $20 concert
Location: St. John's Cultural Centre (10611 110 Avenue)

This lively festival features accordion performers from across the province. Groove and jive at a Friday night dance and Saturday concert. After you've worked up an appetite from dancing, enjoy a hearty dinner on Saturday night. This event also features free workshops and an open stage. Call 780-476-6664 for more information and to get tickets.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEER MODELS NEEDED

The City of Edmonton Accessibility Advisory Committee is conducting a photo shoot to better represent the wide spectrum of people with disabilities in Edmonton. Representation and diversity are important things to talk about and for the City to strive for.

The Committee will be providing an honouriarum of $100 in reimbursement per participant in exchange for signing a model release form. The photo shoot will take up to a half day and will take place at multiple venues that are within close proximity of each other. Photos captured during these sessions will be used in future brochures, pamphlets and other promotional materials.

Please contact Carissa Lamoureux at carissa.lamoureux@edmonton.ca for more information and to get involved!
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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