December 20, 2018
This is our final issue of Link Letter for 2018. Thank you for reading and contributing this past year! The first issue of 2019 will arrive in your inbox on January 3.

The ESCC office will be closed from December 22 to January 1. We will respond to emails and phone calls when we return on January 2. We wish you all the best this holiday season!
Seniors Sector News
INPUT INTO COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO SENIORS INCLUSION

ESCC is inviting you to provide your input to a concept for a collaborative approach to engaging Edmonton seniors and addressing barriers to social inclusion. 

The Federal Government call for concepts for the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Pan-Canadian projects was recently announced and timelines are tight. We would like to hear your thoughts on how our community could be more inclusive for seniors and provide more opportunities for their engagement by midnight of January 6 by email to sheila@seniorscouncil.net or by faxing to 780-428-3844 or mailing your thought to our office #255, Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre, 8330-82 Ave., Edmonton, T6C 4E3. 

Please feel free to share this broadly with colleagues and seniors, especially seniors with lived experience of social isolation. ESCC is drafting a concept and if you would like to receive a copy please make the request to sheila@seniorscouncil.net. You can see our planned process for submission and you are welcome to register to join us at a strategic engagement session on January 9, 1-4 p.m. as we continue to work on this concept.
CONVERSATION CAFE PRESENTATIONS

ESCC's December Conversation Cafe - Being Smarter With Our Community Initiatives - provided an opportunity to reflect on how important it is for organizations to be nimble and open to adapting their programs as client and community needs evolve. 

The event featured presentations by partners in the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS). The initiative is in its third year of finding socially-isolated seniors, reaching out to them, connecting, and matching them to formal and informal supports. The partner organizations shared what they've learned and how they've adapted their programs to respond to evolving needs.

The event also featured a presentation about Edmonton's proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge. They are looking to engage seniors across Edmonton and to support their well-being with the application of appropriate technologies. 

We invite you to view the video of the presentations and Q & A session and review the PowerPoint presentation to learn more.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Learning Opportunities
BYLAWS REFRESHER: A SOCIETY BYLAWS OVERVIEW
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
February 4, 2019, 5:30 - 10 p.m.
Location: TBD
$50-95

Is your organization looking to update its bylaws to stay current in an evolving non-profit sector? This workshop will be an in-depth exploration of the areas that you need to cover, key questions your board and membership need to answer, and recommendations on how to structure your bylaws to support your organization in moving forward. You'll have a lot of opportunity to ask experts from the Government of Alberta and Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis about your organization's specifics needs and how to effectively reflect them in your bylaws. 
GRIEF INTERVENTIONS FOR ALL TYPES OF SITUATIONAL LOSS OVER THE LIFE COURSE
Institute for Life Course and Aging
February 4 - March 3, 2019 (online weekly)
$240

Grief is not just about death. Grief is experienced in response to many life situations that involve loss such as divorce, job loss, family caregiving, health decline and other age-related challenges. In this 4-week online workshop, you will gain insight into providing compassionate practice from a loss perspective. You will learn to apply an innovative coping tool specifically developed with methods to address nondeath related situations of adversity and loss. Register by January 28.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR/EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA)

SEESA is searching for an experienced, reliable and task-oriented Volunteer Coordinator/Executive Assistant. The successful candidate will work directly with the Executive Director and will be responsible for performing a number of administrative duties. 

The ideal candidate is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of managing their work load and prioritizing tasks. The goal of the Volunteer Coordinator is to ensure that SEESA is always staffed with the best and most reliable individuals and that they are placed in fulfilling and appropriate jobs as well as ensuring regular recognition and appreciation.

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by January 14.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
SENIORS' CENTER WITHOUT WALLS HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

Alone for the holidays? Looking for some fun and holiday cheer? Join other older adults in the Edmonton area from the comfort of your own home with no need to go out in the cold.
All programs begin at 1 p.m. and are one hour in length.
  • December 21: Holiday Trivia
  • December 22: Handel's Messiah - Music Therapy
  • December 23: Holiday Traditions and Fond Memories
  • December 24: Short Story "The Shepherd"
  • December 27: Holiday Humour - Stuart McLean
  • December 28: Bingo
  • December 31: New Year's Eve Celebration
Call 780-395-2626 to register.
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)  

Mill Woods Seniors Association is open December 24 - 26 and has planned a variety of activities for older adults 55+. Stop by to visit with others during the holidays and have some fun.
  • December 24, 1 - 5 p.m. Fellowship service and lunch
  • December 25, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Turkey dinner, games, movies, and hot drinks
  • December 26, 2 - 6 p.m. Food, movies, and games
All meals and activities are pay by donation.  Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
SOCIAL GATHERINGS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
December 27, 28, and 31, 12:30 - 3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

To keep people connected over the holidays, SWESA will open their YECC location for social gathering. They will not be offering scheduled classes or office services, but they will have an abundance of hot coffee, friendship and a place to share your leftover sweets. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
LUNCHEON
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 28, doors at 11:30 a.m.
$20 per person

Join NWESS for Chinese food, card games, socializing, celebrations and dancing. The Jammers will be performing, and the cash bar will be open. Purchase your tickets by December 21. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
INTRODUCTION TO PRINT MAKING
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, Jan. 8 - Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 - Apr. 9, 1 - 3 p.m.
$58 + supplies

Are you curious about printmaking? Come spend the afternoon learning how to design and pull your own prints in this beginner's class. Create your own gorgeous prints and experience the magic of making multiple prints in different colours. Different projects will be completed in each session. No previous experience is necessary. Please bring an old shirt or apron to protect your clothing. $40 supply cost payable to the instructor on the first day. Everything is supplied. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
PUZZLE AND BOOK SALE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

Read and do puzzles over the holidays to your heart's content because NESA can stock you up in the new year!
  • Puzzle Sale: January 9
  • Book Sale: January 21-25. Authors will change daily. NESA is accepting book donations.
Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
ESSENTRICS FOR SENIORS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association

This class is aimed at regaining your mobility while slowly building strength and reawakening the power of your 650+ muscles. It has a slower pace than a general ESSENTRICS class and combines standing and chair exercises. The class is designed for those who have muscle stiffness/atrophy, frozen shoulder, chronic aches and pains, and for those who are beginning to exercise after being inactive. The exercises are ideal for seniors who are looking for a gentle, slow tempo class that focuses on improving mobility, balance and strength.

Tuesdays, 1 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1 (8 classes) Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 and Session 2 (8 classes) March 5 - April 23
Member $65/session or $110 for both sessions (16 classes) or $10 drop-in fee
Location: eOne Fitness Studio. Purchase punch pass at Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.).

Fridays, 1 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1 (7 classes) Jan. 11 - Feb. 22 and Session 2 (7 classes) March 1 - April 12
Member $55/session or $100 for both sessions (14 classes) or $10 drop-in fee
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)

Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Petrolia Seniors Group (55+)
January 15, 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Greenfield Community Hall (3803 114 Street)
$18

The Petrolia Seniors Group invites you to enjoy their monthly lunch and program. For the January program hear Bob Layton-Newscaster and 630 CHED Radio personality-tell hilarious stories from his radio experiences. Seating is limited. To confirm your attendance or for more information, call Nick at 780-435-1045 or Betty at 780-434-0712.

In addition to the lunch/program, an outing is offered each month. For information on Petrolia Seniors Group outings call Joyce at 780-435-6388.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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