December 7, 2017
Resources
HOLIDAY MEALS

211 Edmonton has compiled their annual list of Winter Holiday / Christmas Meals. This list provides details about free meals available throughout Edmonton during the holiday season for those in need.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
IT SECURITY FOR NONPROFITS
Tech Impact
December 13, 12 - 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

Nonprofits are increasingly becoming targets for attacks. Viruses, phishing scams and malicious hackers are plaguing the nonprofit community. Breaches in IT security are costing organizations thousands and sometimes their reputations. 

The good news is that there is plenty you can do to ensure your organization does not fall victim to scams and attacks. This webinar will run through security measures your nonprofit can take to become compliant and protect your data and will specifically address concerns related to the different platforms, devices, accounts and data methods nonprofits use.
MANAGING LEADERSHIP TRANSITION AND SEARCH IN-HOUSE
BoardSource
December 14, 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free for BoardSource members; $75 for non-members

Leadership transition is challenging in the best of circumstances. While many organization hire outside expertise in conducting the search for the next executive director or CEO, it's often not an option for smaller organizations without the staff or resources for planned succession. As a result, each year thousands of leadership transitions are managed in-house by committed and engaged boards. By following some simple rules in creating a well-structured selection and hiring process, boards can be highly effective in facilitating leadership transitions that are not only successful but also create periods of incredible activity and growth. This webinar examines the steps that nonprofit boards can follow to design a search process that maximizes the strategic opportunities to grow and thrive that are inherent in periods of leadership change.
GET READY TO RAISE MILLIONS:A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO YOUR NEXT CAMPAIGN FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT
CharityHowTo
December 14, 11 a.m. (Mountain) or December 21, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
$87

The campaign feasibility assessment is a powerful tool in nonprofit fundraising. The process helps you assess the potential success of the campaign before you invest time and resources - human and financial - into a new fundraising campaign. In this interactive webinar, you will learn how to plan for success by engaging with your stakeholders, how to develop and use tools that yield reliable results, and how to analyze the results to guide your next steps in the fundraising campaign.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID - SENIORS
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
April 14 and 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
$195 + $35 material fee

The likelihood of experiencing a mental health problem or illness in a given year increases as of age 69, and currently men aged 80 and older have the highest suicide rates in Canada. MHFA for Seniors is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, family members, caregivers, and staff in care settings to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors, and intervene early when problems first emerge. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop in seniors, provide initial help when dealing with a mental health problem or crisis, and guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help and resources. Call 780-497-4400 to register or to get more information.  
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT THE ALBERTA LEGISLATURE
Legislative Assembly of Alberta (10800 97 Avenue)
December 7 - 23
Free 

For over 30 years the Legislative Assembly has celebrated the holiday season by inviting musical ensembles from all over the province to perform festive music in the beautiful Legislature Rotunda. This year close to 50 ensembles will perform from the Grand Staircase throughout the month to help usher in the spirit of the season. View the schedule of free daily performances.
BANNOCK MAKING CLASS
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
December 9, 1 - 4 p.m.
Free for EASC members; $5 for non-members

Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, baking, conversation and a cook-it-yourself traditional aboriginal recipe. An Elder will teach you how to make your own bannock to take home. There will be wild meat available to try with the Elder's bannock. The main entrance is on the west side of building. Phone 587-525-8969 ext.3 or email volunteer@easc.ca for more information.
CELEBRATING PLURALISM AND DIVERSITY
Multicultural Women & Seniors Services Association
December 10, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Mill Woods Multicultural Centre #201, 2610 Hewes Way
Free

Join in arts and craft displays, dance, music, children's games, storytelling, free food samples, food booths and more. Participating communities: Bosnian, Chilean, Filipino, Indian, Indigenous, Irani, Iraqi,
Kenyan/Tanzanian, Pakistani, Somali and other communities from our rich Canadian mosaic.
GERIACTORS & FRIENDS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
December 12, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
University of Alberta, Fine Arts Building, Room 2-43
Free

Come see what the GeriActors & Friends have been working on this season. Play some games, and share a cup of tea and snacks along the way. No tickets are needed. Call 780-248-1556 or email geriactors.friends@gmail.com for more information.
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER & DANCE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
December 31
$60

Enjoy an elegant evening of fine dining and dancing to the very popular Chwill Brothers. Tickets are on sale until December 22 or until sold out. Call 780-496-6969 for more information. 
SPEECHREADING AND COPING CLASSES
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Edmonton Branch
Wednesday afternoons starting January 10
Location: North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
$175 for ten sessions

Learn the basics of speechreading, plus many coping skills and communication strategies to make living with hearing loss more manageable for everyone. You'll also find a community of people with whom you can share the challenges, and, yes, the laughs, of hearing loss. Learn more.
SENIORS PROGRAM
Catholic Social Services - Immigration Services
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
Location: 8212 118 Avenue
Free

At this drop-in program, seniors can enjoy activities, games, art, crafts and knitting and practice English in a fun and interactive way. The flyer has more details. Contact Ockhee Kang at 780-391-3279 or by email at ockhee.kang@cssalberta.ca for more information.
LAUGHTER YOGA
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, Jan. 23 - Feb. 20, 9 - 9:45 a.m.
$28

Laughter Yoga is a new wellness activity that combines theatre arts, stretching, yoga breathing and laughter exercises. Continuous laughter over a minute stimulates our natural healing systems and provides a range of health benefits. It produces a combination of stimulation and relaxation. Please register in advance at least one week prior to the class start date either online or in person at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information. 
MEDITATION AND CHI GONG
SCONA (10440 84 Avenue)
Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Ritchie Community Hall (7727 98 Street)
Free

Stay for lunch if you like ($5) and an afternoon of fun. Call 780-433-5377 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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