December 1, 2016
Resources
ADVANCE CARE PLANNING RECOMMENDATIONS
Advance Care Planning Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities (ACP CRIO) Research Program

Earlier this year, ACP CRIO used the World Café method to gather ideas about what can be done to help Albertans learn about and participate in Advance Care Planning. Advance care planning is a process for communicating a person's future healthcare preferences.

Participants in the World Café included community members from health/disease, seniors/retirement, social/ recreational, legal, faith-based, funeral planning, and other organizations. Their suggestions and concerns have been synthesized into eight recommendations directed towards Advance Care Planning stakeholders, including levels of government, health services, related businesses (e.g. legal, financial, insurance, funeral planning) and community groups.

An infographic summarizes the recommendations and the report provides more detail.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO SELL TICKETS AND FILL SEATS AT YOUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS
CharityHowTo
December 13, 1 p.m. EST or December 21, 1 p.m. EST
$77

The presenter, A.J. Steinberg, is on a mission to teach nonprofits how to get their events noticed with simple strategies to boost event appeal, marketing strategies and resource engagement. She teaches simple systems that allow small nonprofits to create professional-quality events that will shoot revenues sky-high and create meaningful guest experiences. This webinar will take you step-by-step through the process of putting together a successful marketing plan and how to implement it using your organization's resources.
INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT BUDGETS
Grantspace
December 14, 12 p.m. MT
Free

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don't know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal. The webinar will cover:
  • The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
  • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
  • What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal
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
ANIMATOR
Age of Wisdom Collective

Role: To develop a collective voice for addressing immigrant and refugee senior issues under the guidance of the Collective's nucleus with supervision from the Executive Director of the Multicultural Health Broker Co-op and support from the Advisory Team.

Responsibilities:
  • Research and information gathering
  • Project planning
  • Animation
  • Project evaluation
  • Administration
Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate will have a post-secondary degree in health promotion, community development, adult education or other related disciplines. Relevant experience will be considered.
  • Experience working with diverse ethnocultural communities
  • Experience working with seniors
  • Experience in community development and intercultural engagement
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Relationship building skills
  • Experience in research and report writing
  • Critical and creative thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Highly motivated
  • Excellent time management skills
This is a twelve-month, half-time position from January 2017 to December 2017. The hours of work for this position are flexible. The average total hours of work will be approximately 20 hours per week.

Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The application deadline is December 16.
ACTIVITIES CONVENOR
St. Michael's Millennium Pavilion Seniors' Lodge
(Permanent Part Time, 32.50 hours/week, 0.84 FTE; Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

There is an immediate opening for a dependable individual who understands the importance of providing a high quality recreation program to our residents. This person would be responsible for: planning, creating, implementing and evaluating recreation programs for our residents; developing the activities calendar; coordinating the activities of volunteers assisting with programs as well as assisting with meal time service and various outings.

The successful candidate is required to have a Certificate in Recreation Therapy along with at least one year of experience in coordinating recreation programs. Previous experience in working with seniors would be an asset.

Send your resume to:
Human Resources
St. Michael's Health Group
7404 139 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5C 3H7
Phone: 780-472-4519
Fax: 780-472-4516
hr@smhg.ca 
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
LUNCH & LEARN: STORYTELLING
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
December 6, 12 p.m.
Presentation is free. Lunch is $12 for non-members

Listen to the interesting (prize winning) story from Gail Brown's collection of Growing Old Gracefully followed by "How to become a Story Teller at 75". Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
MWSA CARES: CARD MAKING
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
December 7, 10 a.m.-noon and December 8, 6-8 p.m.

MWSA will be making Christmas cards for seniors and other people who may be socially isolated. Join in and brighten someone's Christmas. Some supplies will be provided and feel free to bring your own supplies. Donations of card-making supplies are welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
December 13, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

North Edmonton Seniors Association presents their annual Christmas Concert. Silver collection at the door with all proceeds going to the "Seniors in Need" fund. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
MAVIE'S MITTEN TREE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
December 14, 11:30 a.m.
$10 members; $12 non-members

This fine tradition at Westend Seniors sees the knitting group, led by cherished member Mavie, gift mittens to a local elementary class. Join this intergenerational celebration which includes a warm luncheon accompanied by the sweet sounds of Christmas carols, a visit from Santa and the children picking mittens from the tree. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
MONTHLY DINNER FEATURING SEESA'S MELODY SINGERS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
December 15 and 16, 5:30 p.m.
$15/person

Enjoy a festive meal with all the trimmings and afterwards carols sung by a choir (we'll leave nose-nipping Jack Frost outside for the evening). Tickets go on sale December 1 until December 13 at noon if not sold out before. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
CHRISTMAS SING ALONG
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
December 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. MP Linda Duncan will be joining in the celebration. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
OUTING TO MAYFIELD DINNER THEATRE ONLY IN VEGAS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
January 25, bus departs Sage at 9:45 a.m.
$89 with school bus (or taxi) to and from performance

Only In Vegas features the great music, comedy and theatrics of "Sin City" - from its early (sketchy) beginnings, to the boom years of the 60s and 70s, to present day theatre spectaculars. The deadline is December 19 to guarantee a seat. Tickets may still be available after that date. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
BECOME A COMMUNITY CONNECTOR

Do you know one in five Canadians aged 65+ is socially isolated or lonely? Isolation's effect on one's health is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day!

As one of the PEGASIS projects, Westend Seniors Activity Centre's awareness campaign is now recruiting volunteer community connectors to reach out to seniors in the community. 

Community Connectors Program reaches out to vulnerable seniors where they live, worship, socialize and learn in their own communities. Volunteers help these seniors identify and access appropriate programs, resources, and services with the ongoing support of the Westend Seniors Activity Centre.
To find out more, contact Haidong Liang at 780-483-1209 or email projectcoordinator@westendseniors.com.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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