February 1, 2018
Grants and Awards
FUNDING FOR SPORTS/ARTS PROGRAMS

The Universiade '83 Foundation Grant provides one-time funding to Edmonton-based not-for-profit organizations or public institutions for a project or program that promotes sport or the arts.

Successful organizations can receive up to $10,000 and are required to match the amount requested. To be eligible, organizations must have a primary mandate for sports or the arts.

Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on April 11, 2018.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
DEMENTIA, CAREGIVING AND TRANSPORTATION

This publication from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center includes dementia-friendly tips for transit drivers, tips for caregivers, checklist of items to include in a travel kit for a loved one experiencing dementia, and destination cards that can be tailored for each traveller.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO GIVE FEEDBACK THAT DRIVES ENGAGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE
Charity Village
February 22, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

An important factor in employee engagement is whether employees feel their manager cares about their wellbeing. What better way to show you care than to create an environment of growth and appreciation that will inspire your team members and volunteers to want to give you their best. This webinar will give you some simple, fast and practical tools to help you get more comfortable with giving feedback - appreciative and constructive. 
A PICTURE IS WORTH A $1,000 (OR MORE!): HOW TO USE DATA VISUALIZATION TO TELL YOUR STORY AND RAISE MORE MONEY
CharityHowTo
Feb 28, 1 p.m. (Mountain) and March 7, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
$87

Data visualization tools-like infographics, pictograms, maps, charts, graphs, and timelines-are ubiquitous in our digital world. They more quickly engage visual learners, improve document readability, improve ROI, and can be used anywhere: social media, websites, cases for support, annual reports, and even grant proposals. Join this webinar to learn more.
TRAINING FOR BOARD MEMBERS
Board Leadership Edmonton
March 17, 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: 1-047 Lister Centre, 11613 87 Ave.
$99 + GST or group fee of $396 + GST (get 5, pay 4)

Board Leadership Edmonton invites you to a day-long program of engaging and informative workshops focused on board members of voluntary and not-for-profit organizations. This conference provides you with a variety of sessions and networking opportunities addressing not-for-profit board fundamentals and trends.

A limited number of bursaries are available. The deadline for bursary applications is noon on February 28.
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
COFFEE AND COLLABORATION: REDUCING SOCIAL ISOLATION ONE CONNECTION AT A TIME
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
February 8, 10 - 11 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

You may have seen the name PEGASIS listed along with local seniors' initiatives. What is PEGASIS? Tim Henderson, project coordinator/community connector for PEGASIS, accepted our invitation to a coffee discussion. He will share how a group of Edmonton organizations are working together to reduce social isolation. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
SING-A-LONG
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
February 12, 12:45 p.m.
Complimentary. Lunch is $13 for non-members.

Back by popular demand Ms. Fay Breda will lead a sing-a-long fun group after lunch. Bring your non-singing buddies too! Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
VALENTINE'S BINGO
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
February 14, 2 p.m.
$5 

Meet in the WSAC café for a special edition of Bingo for Valentine's Day. Bring your sweetheart, friend or come solo and meet someone new. There will be some sweet treats for your card and at your table. Come have fun and play some bingo. Prizes will be awarded to the lucky winner and there will be a door prize as well. The price includes your ticket, refreshments and your first card. Additional cards will be available for purchase at the front door for $2/card. Purchase your tickets in advance at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
CASH BINGO
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Ave.)
February 14, 1 - 4 p.m.

$1 per card with a 6-card minimum. Full-card Bonanza $1 for a 3 strip. Tea and coffee are free. $1 for pop, water and chips. $2 for sandwiches. Call 587-525-8969 for more information. The main entrance is on the west side of the building.
BOOK AND RUMMAGE SALE
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
February 27 and 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Book donations can be dropped off at Central Lions by February 23 at noon.
If you are an arts, crafts or goods vendor, reserve your table today. Booths are available for one or two days. Approximate reach is 500. Members $20/table; non-members $25. To book your table, contact Tracy at 780-442-0935 or via email at tracy@centrallions.org.

For more information on the sale, stop by the CLSA front desk or call 780-496-7369.
ICE SKATING

If you're looking for places to skate this winter, consider:
City of Edmonton outdoor rinks and IceWays
It's free to skate at the outdoor rinks and skate rentals are available at William Hawrelak Park Pavilion if you don't have your own skates.

Community Leagues
To find a rink near you, go to the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues'  Find a Facility/League web page. Under Facility Amenities, select Rink. You will need a community league membership to use most rinks.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE - EDMONTON: WINTER/SPRING 2018 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Your experience could open a door to discovery! Help others discover the world and beyond in a fun and interactive environment. A variety of unique opportunities await you in educational or ambassador roles as a volunteer staff member at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton (TWOSE)!
  • Educational Positions: Science Garage Workshop Assistant, Gallery Interpreter, Assistant Observatory Attendant, and Robotics Lab Attendant
  • Guest Services Volunteer Hosting and Ambassador Positions: Hospitality Hosts, School Program Host and Birthday Party Host
  • School Programs Positions: Assistant School Programs Leader
For more information visit the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton volunteer web page or contact Volunteer Resources at 780-452-9100 or by email at vr@twose.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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