February 15, 2018
Resources
LAUGH IT OFF: EXERCISE + LAUGHTER EQUALS BENEFITS FOR OLDER ADULTS
Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging

Can incorporating laughter into an exercise class for older adults make exercising more attractive to them? A recent study examined whether a program that includes simulated laughter exercises would increase participation, improve health, and boost motivation to continue exercising in assisted living residents.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
SOCIAL INCLUSION & THE DESIGN OF AGE-FRIENDLY SPACES
International Federation on Ageing
February 28, 6 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

The webinar will address:
  • What are the key priorities in delivering age-friendly spaces that support social inclusion?
  • How can communities and cities be designed to support social inclusion amongst older adults?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities to the delivery of age-friendly spaces that support social inclusion amongst older adults?
Note: The IFA typically records their webinars, so if you can't participate in the webinar so early in the morning, you can try accessing the recording at a later date.
VISUAL STORYTELLING: THE COMPLETE INFOGRAPHIC TOOLKIT FOR NONPROFITS
Idealware
Thursdays, March 8 - 29, 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
$180

This online course will help you see what kinds of data are best translated into infographics and find the stories hidden in the numbers. You'll be guided through the practical steps of creating and using your infographic and look at examples of how other organizations created successful infographics.
PET POLICY SURVEY WEBINAR
National Council on Aging
March 15, 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)

This webinar will break down the results of a NCOA survey on pet policies in senior centers which took place in the fall of 2017 in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI). Ways to include pets and pet therapy programs at seniors centres will be highlighted.
FUNDRAISING ACCELERATOR: 4 STEPS TO FUNDING YOUR NEW OR SMALL NONPROFIT FAST!
bloomerang
March 15, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

What if you could raise a lot of money to cover all your small nonprofit's expenses and do it without selling T-shirts, washing cars, or feeling like you're twisting someone's arm? In this webinar, participants will learn:
  • Common fundraising problems that keep small nonprofits stuck and raising money in dribs and drabs
  • How underfunded nonprofits think and work differently than fully funded nonprofits
  • What donor-based fundraising is and isn't
  • How to create an Ideal Donor profile for your nonprofit and where to find these people
  • How to find your nonprofit's core number and how to use it to inspire people to give
  • How to use the ABCs of timing to keep donors feeling good about your nonprofit, instead of cringing when they see an email from you
  • How to use the 1-10-1000 Rule to choose fundraising strategies if you don't know where else to start
FAIL SAFE 2018
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
March 22-23, 2018
$75 - $279

The inaugural Fail Safe conference will connect leaders from non-profits, businesses, and the public sector for open and honest discussions about embracing and overcoming failure.

Comprised of a Thursday evening reception and a full Friday of keynotes and breakouts, delegates will leave Fail Safe more informed about how failure can manifest in organizations and more confident in wielding failure for good. At Fail Safe, participants will become comfortable with the uncomfortable, learn how to embrace and overcome failure, and feel inspired to build strategic and resilient organizations. Early bird registration is available until February 23.
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
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Strathcona Place Society

Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Posting closes at 4 p.m. on February 23, 2018.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
VINTAGE ROADSHOW
Senior Solutions Team
February 17, 1 -3 p.m.
Location: McConachie Gardens Sales Centre (107 Ave. and 64 St.)
Free

Come and learn about preserving your memories. Bring your favourite heirloom or antique - share your story, add an audio story to a heritage photo, bring a piece of sliver to be polished, or have a stitch or button added to a favourite heirloom. Learn about the Alberta Archives and their collections, how to rescue heirloom furniture and ideas for preserving photos. Contact 780-224-7835 for more information.
CANADIAN ART
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Thursdays, Feb. 22 - March 29, 1 - 3 p.m.
$54

Celebrate Canada! Explore quintessentially Canadian art in honour of the sesquicentennial. No art background is necessary, just an interest in learning about Canada's rich artistic heritage and about some of the stories and treasures, past and present, of artists from across Canada. Register for the course in advance to secure your spot. You can register either online or in person at the centre. Call 780-483-1209 to learn more.
GHCSC COMMUNITY UPDATE AND POTLUCK
February 24, 6 - 8 p.m.
St. Augustine Anglican Church (6110 Fulton Road)
Free

Enjoy a potluck with Greater Hardisty residents while getting updates on issues related to the community's sustainability. Speakers will present an update on the demographics of the neighborhoods, school enrollment and utilization, crime and safety, Forest Gardens development, new Capilano library, and 101 Avenue Corridor Study.
6:00 - Potluck begins
6:15 - Welcome and introduction
6:35 - Speakers begin updates
7:15 - Break
7:30 - Discussions
8:00 - Potluck ends

Due to limited capacity, register online or by calling 780-885-9529. Children are welcome to eat and/or watch a movie upstairs. Babysitters are available.
REDRESS PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
February 27, 12 p.m.
Lunch is $13 for non-members

This Lunch & Learn features Edmonton photographer Mufty Mathewson who will tell you more about this project to honour the memory of the 1,181 Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women cited in the RCMP report of 2014. Phone 780-488-4241 to RSVP.
CHINESE NEW YEAR POTLUCK
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
February 28, 4 p.m.

Bring your favourite dish to share and celebrate the Year of the Dog. No need to sign up ahead; just come to the cafeteria to join in the festivities. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY SPECIAL SPEAKERS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

In honour of International Women's Day, SWESA presents:

Women at Work in Nineteenth-Century Canada 
March 5, 1 - 3 p.m.
Sometimes we assume that women in the "olden days" stayed at home while the men went off to work. But, in fact, many Canadian women went out to work as well. What did they do? Why did they do it? How did they feel about their work? Hear about some of the ways women made their lives work through paid work.

Advocating for Women's Equality Through the Charter
March 9, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
LEAF works to advance the substantive equality rights of women and girls in Canada through litigation, law reform and public education. LEAF members will share the short film "Constitute!" which tells the story of the group of women who mobilized to seek stronger equality provisions. They will provide more information about LEAF's work nationally and locally.

Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
CHOIR PERFORMANCE
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
March 6, 1 p.m.
Free

Listen to a performance by the South West Seniors Choir. Refreshments will be served. Call 780-433-5807 to reserve a seat.
MOBILE DENTURE CLINIC
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
March 13, 15, and 20 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

ProCare will bring their mobile denture clinic to the MWSA parking lot. They can do examinations, complete/partial dentures, dentures repairs, and adjustments. Call 780-705-7085 for an appointment.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY SING-ALONG
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 16, 2-4 p.m.
$5

Tickets on sale Feb. 9-March 9. No tickets available at the door. Call 780-496-6969 for details.
COMPUTER BYTES LECTURE SERIES
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
$12

March lectures in the Computer Bytes series include:
  • Smartphone Security (March 2, 12-1 p.m.)
  • Windows vs. iOS - which is better? (March 9, 12-1 p.m.)
  • Avoid Roaming Fees when Travelling (March 16, 12-1 p.m.)
  • Scanning (March 19, 11:15a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
  • iTunes (March 26, 10-11 a.m.)
Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
STREETCAR MOTORMAN
Edmonton Radial Railway Society (ERRS)

Is a streetcar your desire? Then become a streetcar motorman with ERRS.
  • Meet hundreds of Edmontonians of all ages in a fun environment.
  • Experience a living museum while sharing Edmonton's transportation heritage.
  • Be part of one of Edmonton's top ten attractions.
  • Socialize with a great group of volunteers.
The ERRS is a group of volunteers that restores, maintains and operates vintage streetcars at Fort Edmonton Park and across Edmonton's historic High Level Bridge. 

In summer 2018, ERRS plans to expand service and will need new men and women volunteer drivers.
  • ERRS volunteers maintain a very flexible work schedule
  • Motorman shifts for men and women drivers are available daily May through October
  • Training begins in April 2018
  • Opportunities are also available with restoring and maintaining streetcars.
To learn more about the society or becoming a volunteer Motorman visit our website at edmonton-radial-railway.ab.ca or contact Earl Grotzki at 780-481-3643 or email at secretary@edmonton-radial-railway.ab.ca. View a PDF of the posting.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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