December 13, 2018
Grants and Awards
PEGASIS STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT SESSION: NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS CALL FOR CONCEPTS

On December 6, the Federal Government announced a new round of funding for New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Pan-Canadian projects to support social inclusion of seniors, particularly those seniors living with significant barriers to full social participation. They are looking for multi-sectoral collaboratives built on a collective impact framework that will involve seniors and communities to address the challenges that seniors face that limit their participation in social and community living that supports their well-being and dignity.

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC) has filled the role of the backbone to the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing the Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS) which was part of the NHSP Pan-Canadian funding from 2015 to 2019. ESCC is bringing together stakeholders from across Edmonton to examine the latest Call for Concepts and develop a collaborative concept to address social inclusion, building on the lessons learned from the PEGASIS initiative. We will look at how we can mobilize seniors and community stakeholders to create meaningful and sustainable opportunities for seniors now and in the future to be active and engaged in all that Edmonton has to offer.

Participants will:
  • Learn about the NHSP Call for Concepts and our proposed approach to answering this Call
  • Contribute to a shared understanding of, and approach to, addressing the barriers and challenges to full and meaningful participation of specific groups of seniors in our community
  • Learn about the implementation of the Collective Impact model
  • Review and contribute to a Theory of Change that will support social inclusion
  • Review and contribute to an updated Impact Plan that lays out a framework for activities that support social inclusion
  • Take away an understanding of the process that ESCC is following and what the next steps will be
Register online to participate in the strategic engagement session. Contact Tim Henderson at 780-423-5635 or tim@seniorscouncil.net.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Resources
ADDRESSING ABUSE OF OLDER ADULTS: BEST PRACTICE SUCCESS KIT
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

This evidence-based best practice initiative aims to prevent and address abuse and neglect of older adults throughout various health care institutions and community settings. It includes resources for practice, education and policy, organization and system levels such as:
  • Political action toolkit
  • Assessment tool for organizations
  • Strategies and pocket guides
  • Learning videos and discussion guide for long-term care
  • eLearning course
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
HOLD THE PHONE: MOBILE MARKETING TIPS FOR EACH GENERATION
Firespring
January 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

It's no secret that people are attached to their phones-checking email, social media, texting, even making purchases. You need an engaging mobile presence, period. This used to be a nice-to-have; now it's a must-have. If you don't, you'll lose online visitors, loyal constituents and, ultimately, online donations. This webinar explores:
  • 4 reasons you gotta look good on a smartphone
  • How each generation responds to marketing and how you can optimize your efforts
  • 5 tips for planning your mobile marketing strategy
ORGANIZING YOUR BOARD TO GET THINGS DONE
Grantspace
January 17, 12 - 1:30 p.m. (Mountain)
$49

One of the most obvious and challenging functions of governance is how we structure the board and committees to get things done. This webinar addresses how to best organize board committees and meetings for effective governance and explores many of the nuts and bolts such as board materials, agendas, and ongoing communications between meetings. The webinar will present background information on common committees and board structures and answer common questions about governance models and board organization.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
SENIORS GOT TALENT: PERFORMERS WANTED
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)

MWSA is looking for performers (comedians, dancers, singers, magicians, poets, etc.) who are 55+ and would be interested in performing at the Seniors Got Talent event on January 25, 2019. If you want to participate email program.coordinator@mwsac.ca by January 11. Call 780-496-2997.
SPEECHREADING DROP-IN PRACTICE
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Edmonton Branch (Jerry Forbes Community Spirit Centre at 12122 68 Street)
Wednesdays, 1 - 3 p.m.
$5 per session

Are you interested in learning speechreading? Have you taken speechreading? CHHA-Ed now offers drop-in practice with an instructor and others. The practice is open to all who are interested in speechreading. Let CHHA-Ed know if you plan to attend by phoning 780-428-6622 or emailing info@chha-ed.com.
CHRISTMAS SING ALONG WITH MP LINDA DUNCAN
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
December 21, 1 p.m.
Free

Join in this fun afternoon of Christmas Cheer. Call 780-433-5807 to save a seat.
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER AND DANCE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
December 31
$60 per person; non-refundable

This will be an elegant evening of fine dining and dancing to the band "Diamonds". Tickets on sale November 1 - December 21. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
MAHJONG LESSONS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays starting January 8, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$5 for 6 weeks

Learn the world's most popular tile game. Majhong is very similar to gin rummy.  Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
CANADIAN MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION (CMEF) SERIES
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)

Through this project, senior volunteers from diverse communities will work together with members from the CMEF to host four seminars that will expand the skills and knowledgebase of seniors and support them in advocating for themselves and their peers.
  • Discord in Intergenerational Programing: January 8, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Ageism: January 10, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Safety for Seniors: January 11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Seniors Finance, Benefits and Estate Planning: January 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
This project by The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation was funded by Employment and Social Development Canada under the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

RSVP by emailing programs@swedmontonseniors.ca. For more information, contact Beryl at 780-450-9570.
LUNCH AND LEARN
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
$10 members/$13 non-members which includes a 3-course lunch

  • January 8, noon: Speaker is Mr. Jon Lee from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada whose specialty is aviation accidents.
  • January 15, noon: Speaker is Mr. David McMillan who will talk about Bitcoin Basics.
Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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