February 14, 2019
Seniors Sector News
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: IMPROVING SOCIAL INCLUSION FOR EDMONTON SENIORS

On January 21, ESCC submitted a concept proposal for a project to increase the social inclusion of seniors in Edmonton to the New Horizons for Seniors Program for Pan-Canadian projects. We hope to receive an invitation to submit a fully-developed proposal later this spring, with implementation of approved projects to begin later this summer.
 
Our proposal will include projects and ideas from organizations in Edmonton which want to collaborate to increase social inclusion for seniors. If we are invited to submit a proposal, we will have a very short window of opportunity to receive community-based collaborative proposals for activities that will align with NHSP objectives and our Collective Impact Plan. We are encouraging potential partners to start work now on outlining projects and making connections.

Our Next Steps document outlines our call for Edmonton communities to brainstorm ways of engaging seniors and breaking down barriers to inclusion that are faced by many vulnerable groups. We are looking to support and build on existing knowledge, experience, and networks; and to create new relationships and partnerships that will lead to greater sustainable capacity, engagement, and social inclusion of seniors. Please share the document widely and use it to stimulate and facilitate conversations that will lead to more great work in Edmonton.

Contact Tim Henderson at tim@seniorscouncil.net to learn more about how you can get involved.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Grants and Awards
COMMUNITY GARDEN GRANT

If you are looking for funding to support the costs of goods and services needed to start, expand or repair a community garden site, consider applying for Sustainable Food Edmonton's Community Garden Grant. To learn more or to get the grant process started contact Junetta Jamerson at cgfacilitator@sustainablefoodedmonton.org. The first intake deadline is February 28 and the second intake deadline is May 31.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Learning Opportunities
COMBATING AGEISM TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT
International Federation on Ageing
February 25, 9 a.m. (Eastern)
Free

Discrimination against individuals based on their age has serious consequences on many aspects of an older person's life, such as health, wellbeing, employment, housing and access to social and care systems, and needs to be addressed in both policy and practice. 

This webinar will explore the importance of supporting an ageing workforce, as well as outline the actions that need to be taken to ensure that employers and individuals can reap the benefits of longer working lives. 
7 LESSONS LEARNED FROM NONPROFIT LEADERS
GrantSpace
February 27, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

Nonprofit leaders face many challenges as they work toward achieving their missions. How best can they lead as they juggle multiple demands? Learn to recognize seven top pitfalls common to nonprofit leadership and how to rise above them. During this webinar, you will learn the key ingredients to optimize your organization's fundraising efforts, build collaborative partnerships with your board, and lastly, foster a strong, sustainable team and work culture.
RESOURCES FOR RESILIENT NONPROFITS REVEALED
blackbaud
February 28, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

How is resilience defined at your nonprofit? When faced with economic shifts, political challenges, and demographic changes, would you rise above? In this webinar, industry leaders will reveal how they recovered from setbacks, adapted to change, and kept their organization going in the face of adversity.
APPRECIATIVE POLICY MAKING
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
March 7, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre, 8330 82 Ave.)
$55 ECVO member; $80 non-member

Are your policies reactionary, or are they visionary? The Appreciative Policy Making workshop will help your organization get future-ready.

In all good policy making the goal is to move your organization from being reactionary - dealing with each issue as they arise, to visionary - creating policies that help shape your organization into what it wishes to be in the future. Join this workshop for an exploration of what makes great policies and how you can develop, frame, and implement forward-thinking policies for your organization.
SUBSTANCE MISUSE AMONG OLDER ADULTS: AN OVERVIEW OF PYSCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS TO HELP YOUR CLIENTS
Institute for Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto
March 18 - April 14 (online weekly)
$240; $120 (student/senior)

Using case-based learning you will:
  • Become familiar with differential approaches to substance use
  • Develop skills to recognize types of substance use disorders in older adults
  • Be able to use geriatric, addiction-specific screening and assessment tools
Register by March 11.
BOARD LEADERSHIP EDMONTON 2019 CONFERENCE
April 6, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
MacEwan University (10700 104 Ave.)
$99 (early bird until Feb. 19); $149 (until March 24)

Each spring, Board Leadership Edmonton hosts a day-long program of engaging and informative workshops designed to keep Edmonton's board members equipped and inspired with board governance. 

Learn alongside some of Edmonton's non-profit thought leaders in sessions covering governance, leadership, financial management, community engagement, and more.  Bursaries are available and requests must be submitted by March 8.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
WASTE SERVICES PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

The City of Edmonton heard seniors' perspectives last fall about how household waste is sorted and managed and wants you to know that your input is making a difference.

The City is further exploring the details of what potential changes might look like for Edmonton's waste programs and services through upcoming public engagement opportunities. Share your perspectives on specific topics such as cart sizes, recycling, and waste reduction. Your feedback will help shape recommendations that could change how households sort and manage their waste in the future.

You are invited to provide feedback between February 10 and April 15, 2019.
Drop-in Sessions
Attend a public drop-in session at recreation centres and malls across the city. Daytime and evening sessions are scheduled.
Online Survey
Take the online survey at edmonton.ca/futureofwaste
SENIORS PROGRAM
Catholic Social Services
Thursdays, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: 8212 118 Avenue
Free

At this weekly drop-in program participate in arts, crafts, games, knitting and an English Conversation Circle. Seniors can also connect to Settlement and Counselling Services (by appointment).

View the flyer and contact Ockhee Kang at 780-378-3279 or ockhee.kang@cssalberta.ca for more information.
WATCH THE SCOTTIE'S TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
February 24, door 2 p.m., game 3 p.m.
$10 if you bring a potluck snack (e.g. chips, cheese platter, veggies and dip, appetizers)
$15 without bringing a potluck snack

Come out and watch the action of the ladies curling finals on the big screen. Bring your friends and family. Beef stew and biscuits will be served for dinner. Wine and beer available for $4. Purchase tickets by February 20. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER: ANCIENT SILK ROAD JOURNEY
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
February 26, 1 p.m.
$3

Before trains, planes, and circumnavigating ships, desired spices, pottery and silk were transported from the Far East to Rome and other big cities from Xian, China. There were several routes; the main one to Rome was by camel caravan to Damascus and from there by sea. It was an adventure! RSVP by phoning 780-488-4241.
FEBRUARY MONTHLY DINNER
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
February 28, 5:30 p.m.
Tickets in advance $15

Enjoy a roast beef meal and entertainment by David "Jukebox" Leigh. Tickets on sale until February 26 at noon. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
FUNDAMENTALS OF TOOTH LOSS, REHABILITATION AND MAINTENANCE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
March 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
$2

This lecture explores what is happening in your mouth from the time you begin to lose your teeth and onwards. Topics covered will explain why your bone shrinks with time, the importance of good salivary flow in retaining your full dentures, the difference between acrylic and metal partial dentures, bad habits, and catching damage before it can't be remedied. Registration is requested but not required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
HAND DRUMMING: INTRO TO AFRICAN-STYLE RHYTHMS
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
March 11 and 18, 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
$20 members; $55 non-members

Invite a friend and have fun learning hand drumming fundamentals, tempo, dynamics and simple polyrhythms. No experience required. No written sheet music. Just an opportunity to explore and have fun. Drum rental for in-class use is $10 for both days (payable to the instructor). Use barcode 644930 when registering. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
ELLA SPRING SESSION
April 29 to May 17, 2019
$275
Registration opens March 12

Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA), in partnership with University of Alberta Extension, invites those aged 50-plus to sign up for Spring Session which takes place at the Education Centre on the University of Alberta campus.

You can choose up to four expert-led courses from over 50 options available and participate in a variety of noon-hour presentations. Registration begins March 12 on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost to participate in the learning and fun is $275 and bursaries are available for participants who need financial assistance.

Last year over 600 enthusiastic participants signed up to socialize and attend the engaging smorgasbord of sessions related to music, art, science, global affairs, finance, and physical and mental health and wellness. There are no prerequisites, homework or marks, and everyone is welcome.
 
Details about this year's classes and bursaries are available at www.my-ella.com or by calling the ELLA office at 780-492-5055.
ST. PADDY'S DAY SING-A-LONG & TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 15, 2-4 p.m.
$5

Tickets on sale until March 8. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY TWOONIE PARTY
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
March 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
$2

Join Sage for a party that includes live music, cake and lots of fun. Wear your green if you'd like. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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