December 14, 2017
Seniors Sector News
SAGE AWARDS

Do you know an outstanding senior in your community? Nominate a senior for a Sage Award in one of the following categories: Arts & Culture, Community Building, Education, Health & Wellness, Public & Non-Profit, Science & Technology, Social Justice & Peace, and Truth & Reconciliation (new). 

Nominations are open now and close Feb 1. Download the 2018 Sage Awards Nomination Package. Nominees and award recipients will be honoured at the 12th Annual Sage Awards Luncheon on May 8, 2018. For more information, call 780-701-9017 or email jlparenteau@mysage.ca.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
BOARD MATCHING AND TRAINING PROGRAM

Building Breakthrough Boards (B3) Canada matches highly-skilled professionals with nonprofit boards and facilitates business-nonprofit collaboration through their Board Matching & Training Program. They work with boards to understand board director needs from a diversity and inclusion lens, so that boards can more effectively achieve their missions. The program is free for nonprofit organizations.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
INCREASE YOUR FUNDRAISING WITH GOOGLE SEARCH
Network for Good
December 19, 12 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Learn how you can turn your nonprofit's Google presence into high impact fundraising with Google for Nonprofits. Start leveraging the free resources Google is providing for nonprofits and get an exclusive look at the newest one: a donation button to your nonprofit that appears in Google Search. In this webinar, you will learn about:
  • Overview of the new donations product feature in Google Search
  • How to opt-in to this feature and other free resources
  • How this new feature can grow your fundraising capabilities
INSTAGRAM FOR BEGINNERS: HOW TO GET SET UP AND START YOUR NONPROFIT USING INSTAGRAM THE RIGHT WAY
CharityHowTo 
January 9 at 11 a.m. (Mountain) or January 18 at 1 p.m. (Mountain) 
$75 

Instagram is growing rapidly, with one-third of online adults reporting that they use Instagram. Instagram use among small and mid-size nonprofits is increasing, but very few set up and start using their accounts properly right out of the gate. This webinar will walk you step-by-step through the steps required to create a dynamic presence on Instagram, actionable ways to grow your followers, and specific methods to get more engagement when you are just starting out.
10 STEPS TO SCREENING
Volunteer Alberta
January 16, 10-11 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

Implementing effective screening processes in your nonprofit can be a daunting task. If you are brand new to the process of volunteer screening, this webinar is a helpful introductory overview. This webinar includes pre-recorded video and a live Q&A with Volunteer Alberta staff. The webinar will provide an overview of:
  • Important steps in the screening process
  • Planning and implementing the important steps of the hiring process
  • Ways to scale these steps for your organization  
5 TRENDS SHAPING A NEW REALITY FOR NONPROFITS
Firespring
January 18, 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Advancing technology, social enterprise and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges as we learn to navigate this new and ever-evolving landscape. This webinar will review five major trends that are shaping a new reality for nonprofits:
  • Shifting demographics
  • Greater interest in service
  • Blurred lines between nonprofit and for-profit
  • Advancing technology
  • New ways to engage and collaborate
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
PROGRAMMER/VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre

The Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre is offering a rewarding opportunity to join our innovative organization that has been serving the Edmonton Jewish community for over 65 years. Our vision is to enrich, enlighten and support the lives of seniors in Edmonton.

As Programmer/Volunteer Coordinator you will work closely with the Executive Director and volunteers on the program committee. Key responsibilities include program design and implementation, and volunteer management. 

Qualifications: proven program and volunteer management experience and the ability to establish good working relationships with people of all ages is a requirement. Familiarity with Jewish culture will be an asset.

Remuneration will be based on experience and qualifications. This position will initially be for three days a week with the possibility of becoming full-time.

Send your 200-word cover letter and resume to seniorscentrehr@gmail.com by January 7, 2018.
MANAGER, SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE 
Sage Seniors Association
2 positions available

Reporting to the Director of Operations, these positions are responsible for providing leadership and management of social work programs. The Manager is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring staff compliance with relevant privacy legislation and for providing leadership in the areas of social work practice and case management. The roles will include assessing needs, providing information and support and client advocacy for seniors in the community in addition to the day to day logistics of running the programs.

The successful candidates will hold a degree or diploma in Social Work and have 3 to 5 years of social work experience. Experience working with older adults is required. The positions require 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.

For complete job descriptions visit www.MySage.ca. Submit your resume by January 5, 2018 to:
Barb Carroll, Human Resources
Sage
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton AB T5J 2E5
Fax: 426-5175
Email: bcarroll@MySage.ca
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
AT HOME THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
Seniors' Centre Without Walls
December 22, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Free

The Seniors' Centre Without Walls (SCWW) offers recreational activities and friendly conversation for older adults, over the telephone in the comfort of your own home. The SCWW holiday programs begin at 2 p.m. and are 1 hour in length.
Friday, Dec. 22: Introduction to SCWW; Plans for the Holidays
Sunday, Dec. 24: Short Story "The Shepherd"
Tuesday, Dec. 26: Do You Remember When? Fun and Fond Memories
Wednesday, Dec. 27: BINGO
Thursday, Dec. 28: Holiday Puzzles and Brain Teasers
Friday, Dec. 29: Holiday Humour - Stuart McLean Stories
Sunday, Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Games
Tuesday, Jan. 2: Practical Plans for 2018

View a printable version of the Seniors' Centre Without Walls Holiday Program 2017.

If you or someone you know would like to stay socially connected during the holidays, call 780-395-2626 to join the holiday program or receive more information. Learn more about the holiday program.
CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
December 22, 1:30 p.m.
 
Participate in this Christmas sing-a-long. MP Linda Duncan will lead us in song and there will be Christmas goodies and hot chocolate. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
TRY CLASSES FOR FREE
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 8-12, 2018

Exciting new classes start the week of January 15-20 and members/non-members are invited to try some of these select classes for free the week of January 8-12. Check the Winter 2018 Program Guide for more details or call 780-496-2997.
GOLDEN YEARS, GOLDEN GLOVES
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
Thursdays, January 11 to February 22, 10 -11 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$65 for the session or $10 drop-in fee

This total body workout combines aerobic, flexibility and resistance strength training in a fun, supportive environment. This fitness class is designed to increase flexibility, balance, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. No equipment is required.
DANCE FEATURING THE DIAMONDS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
January 12, 7 p.m.
$10 per person at the door

A cash bar is available for members and invited guests (by reading this you are invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
MANDARIN INTRODUCTION CLASSES
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays and Wednesdays, January 15 - March 21, 9 - 11 a.m.
$85

Learn one of the world's most popular languages in this exciting new class. Learning new languages is also a great way to keep your brain sharp. Register no later than January 8 by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301. No Sage membership is required. 
MOSAIC MIRROR: BEGINNER
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Wednesdays, January 17 - 31, 9 - 11 a.m.
$72

In this 3-week workshop, you will create your own 10 x 10 inch decorative mirror frame using glass and tile. You will learn basic design, mosaic cutting and grouting your finished project. All supplies required will be provided, but if you have items such as beads, china, jewellery, found objects etc. that you would like to include feel free to bring them with you. 

Sign up for the class at least one week prior to the start date in person at WSAC or online via myactivecenter.com if you are a WSAC member. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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