December 15, 2016
This is our final issue of Link Letter for 2016. Thank you for reading and contributing this past year! The first issue of 2017 will arrive in your inbox on January 5.

Also, the ESCC office will be closed between Christmas and New Year's. We will respond to emails and phone calls when we return on January 3, 2017.
Grants and Awards
CANADA'S VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Canada's Volunteer Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individual volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and businesses across the country in helping communities. Learn how you can nominate an individual or organization by reviewing eligibility criteria and nomination guidelines.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
IN-CAMERA BOARD MEETINGS

This podcast from Vantage Point discusses how to use in-camera board meetings to strengthen organizational governance.
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT PROTECTS COGNITIVE FUNCTION

A longitudinal study from the United Kingdom shows that being involved in community groups could help prevent the cognitive decline associated with age.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
ASKING STYLES: A REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT IN FUNDRAISING
CharityHowTo
January 10, 3 p.m. EST
Free

There is no one right way to ask for a donation. Some people take great care preparing well-organized and complete presentations. Others prepare with just a few talking points and then use the energy of the prospect to guide the conversation. You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker.
In this webinar you'll learn:
  • The unique strengths you bring to the table and how to apply them to the ask
  • Which prospects are the best match given your Asking Style
  • How to craft your Case for Support in your own words and Style
  • What to watch out for along the way
ACCOMMODATION IN THE NONPROFIT WORKPLACE
Charity Village
January 19, 10 a.m. PST
Free

This webinar is for nonprofit leaders, human resources professionals and managers who want to better support their staff and create a psychologically safe workplace. Participants will:
  • Consider ways to increase flexibility in the workplace to enable stay-at-work solutions for your staff.
  • Learn about best practices in this area related to mental illness and addiction.
  • Review low-cost or free interventions and resources to facilitate sustainable return-to-work experiences.
  • Discuss formal duty to accommodate practices and emerging requirements for workplaces.
NAVIGATOR FOR PROFESSIONALS AND HEALTH PROVIDERS
Caregivers Alberta
Jan. 30, Feb. 8, March 8, April 5 or May 12 (one-day workshop)
Fulton Place School (10310 56 Street)
Free

Caregivers Alberta has released/published the dates of their Winter 2017 Navigator workshops. Navigator trains health professionals, service providers and community agency staff to better support caregivers by showing how to identify caregivers early in their journey, support caregivers to adopt self-care practices and facilitate caregivers' access to programs/resources and referrals. Review the poster for more information. To register, contact 780-453-5088 or navigator@caregiversalberta.ca.
LEADER AS COACH: FOR NONPROFITS
Casey Executive Coaching supported by Volunteer Alberta
Jan. 24, Feb. 14 & Mar. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Mill (10171 Saskatchewan Drive)

Explore who you are as a leader, develop your coach-approach to drive performance, and discover the exponential capacity inclusive leadership creates. This program is for you if you:
  • care passionately about what you do and want to make a difference - for your community and your team
  • feel constantly pressured by lack of time, resources, and energy to do what needs to get done
  • are faced with staff or teams that care about the cause, but need to develop critical skills
  • want to inspire your team with your vision, yet feel depleted by the overwhelming demands in a challenging non-profit climate
  • desire to lead your organization in a way that creates huge impact and affects positive change
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
SHORT TERM (THREE MONTH) COMMUNICATIONS CONTRACTOR
PEGASIS

The Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS), represented by the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC) Backbone Project, is currently accepting proposals to complete communications tasks which include the following:
  • Build a website using a publically-available free/low cost content management system (e.g. WordPress, Weebly, Wix, Google Sites, etc.) and work with partners to develop website structure and content 
  • Develop a tri-fold colour brochure including content development and design
  • Develop a set of display banners including content development and design
  • Compile a directory of media outlets, contacts and requirements 
  • Develop audience-specific materials 
The projects must be substantially completed and all invoices closed by March 31, 2017. 

Review the Request for Proposals for details, proposal guidelines and application instructions. Proposals will be accepted by email until 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
PART TIME OFFICE COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

Does your resume include words like "organized," "detail-oriented," "self-starter," and "team player"? This position is responsible for coordinating the office administrative functions within Sage and providing support to the management team and the Board of Directors. This position will also assist with service calls and supervision of administrative volunteers.

If you have a diploma in Office Management or suitable equivalent, with 3 - 5 years' admin support to management experience, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, visit www.mysage.ca for the full job description and application details. Resumes should be submitted by December 28.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CREATIVE CRAFTS
Southwest Senior's Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Tuesdays, starting January 10, 9 - 11 a.m.
No charge with membership

Bring your own craft and share creativity with others. Examples include knitting, cross stitch, crewel, crocheting, and card making. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
CRACKED POTS
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Tuesdays, January 10 - April 25, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
$35 members; $45 non-members; $4 drop-in fee; $25 for clay and glazing
 
A pottery instructor and member of the Edmonton Potters Guild will teach the basic techniques of hand-building, wheel throwing, glazing and firing. You'll make 4-6 projects based on your skill level. Use your imagination and the pottery wheel to make artwork that is functional and beautiful. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
LEATHER TOOLING WORKSHOP
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, Jan 10 - Mar 14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$48 + Supplies

The workshop will lead you through crafting a variety of keepsakes and gifts including leather coasters, wallet, cell phone cover, belt, and keychain. You'll leave with the ability and knowledge to do more! Supply kits are available at a significant discount locally. Details available upon registering. Call 780-483-1209.
LAW ON FILM
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Fridays, January 13 - February 17, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
$5 for 4 weeks

This film study course is an interesting mix of film clips and discussion taught by a U of A (and ELLA) professor. Law on Film will examine a broad range of representations of law in film, which, as a sub-genre, appears in a tremendous number of well-known films such as Cape Fear, The Sweet Hereafter, A Few Good Men, The Accused, True Confessions, The Firm, The Silence of the Lambs, Presumed Innocent, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Body Heat. Call 780-423-5510 ext 301 to register.
DAWSON PARK & KINNAIRD RAVINE PARK MASTER PLAN DROP-IN OPEN HOUSE
January 17, 5 - 8 p.m.
Location: E4C, Alex Taylor School Gym (9321 Jasper Avenue)

The City of Edmonton invites you to help shape the 25 year vision and guiding principles for the Dawson Park/Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan. Your input will help the City develop a program that reflects the public's vision and identity for the park. Can't make it to the open house? Share your thoughts using the online mapping tool or public survey available on the project web page .
STAY INDEPENDENT: TIPS TO PREVENT SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
January 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

Falls prevention is not just about stopping a fall; it is about being able to enjoy life's moments. Falls can result in injuries that prevent you from daily tasks like getting into a car, rising out of a chair or carrying groceries. The good news is that you can take steps to prevent slips, trips and falls. This session will share ideas on what can cause a fall and key actions you can take to prevent a fall. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
AGING IN PLACE WORKSHOP
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Mar. 10, 12:30 - 3 p.m.
$20

Are you thinking about your future years and how you want to live? By being prepared you can be in control. Have you considered housing, finance, health, transportation and social supports you may need? The facilitator will work through topics and present resources so you can prepare now to live your best life possible.  Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register. 
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
MEAL DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS

Edmonton Meals on Wheels is looking for daytime volunteers to help deliver meals this winter by helping us cover gaps in the delivery schedule. Frequency of shifts could range from twice a month to three times a week. Visit mealsonwheelsedmonton.org for more information, or call Erin at 780-429-2020.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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