December 8, 2016
Seniors Sector News
HOLIDAY CLOSURES

Is your agency closed between Christmas and New Year's? Help 211 provide accurate and timely referrals to callers by letting the 211 Community Resource Department know of your closure dates. Call 780-392-8722 or email database@ab.211.ca.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Professional Development
NONPROFIT BOARDS & EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE
4Good
January 11, 1 p.m. EDT
Free

Why do nonprofits so broadly fail to use their boards wisely? And how might they do better? This webinar will touch on four interrelated areas: membership (including recruitment, development, self-assessment), process (including structure, meetings), capacity, and fiduciary concerns. Takeways:
  • How to assemble an effective board
  • How to structure and operate a board effectively
  • How to engage trustees and increase mutual satisfaction
  • Specific tools and resources that will increase board effectiveness
SCREENING VOLUNTEERS IN. NOT OUT.
Volunteer Alberta
January 12, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. MST or January 24, 2 - 3 p.m. MST
$25 VA member/ $35 non-member

Effective volunteer screening practices are potentially the most important aspect of your work. It is vital to the success of your organization to the find the best person for your volunteer roles. Join this webinar and learn:
  • The important steps in the screening process
  • When to use a Vulnerable Sector/Police Information Check
  • How to implement a proactive screening process within your organization
Register for January 12 or January 24.
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
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
Part time contract up to 14 months

Objective: Develop a Collaboration Hub to foster excellence in the provision of assisted transportation to seniors.

Services and Deliverables Required
Fostering Collaborations and Partnerships:
  • Build on and establish contacts with health care providers and senior serving organizations
  • Make contacts with neighboring municipalities, businesses and the for-profit senior serving sector (e.g. providers of housing and transportation) to create awareness and establish mutual partnerships to the benefit of all
  • Build relationships based on trust
  • Connect with ethno-cultural community networks to address the transportation needs of immigrant and refugee seniors
  • Contribute to the work of the Medically At Risk Driving Centre (MARD) Community of Practice in the provision of alternate transportation for seniors
Promoting Community Engagement and Leadership:
  • Engage with and raising awareness and visibility of the Collaboration Hub with stakeholders
  • Identify community expertise that can be tapped as collaborators to explore areas of synergy and innovation
  • Develop resources (presentations, promotional packages, etc.) as needed
  • Report writing as required

Qualifications
  • Experience in successful community engagement efforts including businesses, corporations, community partners, public institutions and not for profit service providers
  • Exceptional brokering and collaboration skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of seniors' sector issues
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2017.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
TRADITIONAL RUTHERFORD HOUSE CHRISTMAS
Rutherford House (11153 Saskatchewan Drive)
December 11, 12 - 4 p.m.
Regular admission rates

Experience the unique sparkle of this elegant house with the halls decked for the holidays. Enjoy the sweet harmonies of seasonal music and tasty treats from the historic kitchen. Call 780-427-3995 for more information.
EDMONTON VALLEY ZOO ZOOMINESCENCE LIGHT FESTIVAL  
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
December 13, 5:30 - 9 p.m.
$20 members/$25 non-members
 
During this special event, there will be a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations at the zoo, along with music, skating rink, and more. Cost is for bus transportation (school bus) and admission. Bus will leave MWSA at 5:30 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. Pay and re-register by Saturday, December 9. Call 780-496-2997 for more information. 
LUNCH AND LEARN: ISRAEL
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
December 13, 12 p.m.

Enjoy an Israeli lunch and presentation about Israel. Lunch is $12 for non-members and the presentation is free. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
INCREASING BODY AWARENESS: FOUNDATIONS FOR YOGA AND OTHER PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
December 14, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
$14

Whether you are walking, stretching, cycling, dancing, golfing or doing yoga to enhance your health and well-being, the most important thing is body awareness. In a culture with a strong focus on living in your head, increasing your body awareness will help you get the most out of all your physical activities. In this workshop have some fun with different practices to awaken body awareness. Registering in advance is appreciated. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
TEA & CONCERT
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
December 14, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Free

A group from MWSA will be heading over to Dan Knott School for a special tea and concert planned for the seniors. Transportation will be provided: the bus leaves MWSA at 10:15 a.m. Please register in advance. Call 780-496-2997 for more information. 
NEWS YEAR'S LUNCH AND DANCE
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 30, doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m. and dance at 1:30 p.m.
$20

Entertainment by The Jammers. Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon. Purchase tickets by December 23. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT
Edmonton Pickleball Club
January 6, 7 and 8
Location: St. Francis Xavier Sport Centre (9240 163 Street)

The Edmonton Pickleball Club is hosting its 2nd annual indoor tournament, the Lexus South Pointe Winter Classic. The tournament has tripled in size over last year and the club is welcoming players from across Alberta, and as far afield as Cold Lake and Lethbridge. Players age 35 to 85 will compete in men's, women's and mixed doubles categories at all skill levels, from "beginner" to "advanced".

New this year are much improved spectator facilities at the new venue and lunch time introductory Pickleball sessions (as space allows) on January 7 and 8. Come learn about this fast-growing sport that's suitable for players 8 to 80.

There is no charge for spectators, and interested parties can confirm hours of play after December 31 on the club's website or on Facebook. For more information, call Michel Lamoureux at 780-433-8329.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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