February 16, 2017
Seniors Sector News
2017 ALBERTA NONPROFIT SURVEY IS NOW OPEN

How is your nonprofit faring? The 2017 Alberta Nonprofit Survey is your chance to share your nonprofit's story of the past year. Along with questions about finances, operations, and programming, this year's survey explores the impact of climate change policy and journeys of truth and reconciliation.

The Alberta Nonprofit Survey is conducted annually by the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. It is the only source of province-wide, state-of-the-sector research that documents the ongoing experience, evolution, and health of Alberta's nonprofit and charitable sector. The final report is frequently used to help inform the decision-making of nonprofit leaders and boards, the Government of Alberta, foundations, and community stakeholders.

The survey closes March 10 and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
CHAMPIONING MALL WALKING GROUPS
Published in Alberta Centre for Active Living's Wellspring newsletter

This article highlighting the experiences of the Edmonton West Primary Care Network in offering a mall walking group provides information on lessons learned and tips for sustainability that may be applicable to other organizations considering walking groups.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, RESILIENCY AND INJURY PREVENTION FOR OLDER ADULTS
CHNET-WORKS!
February 28, 1 p.m. Eastern
Free

Seniors, researchers, policy makers, community programmers and practitioners, health care professionals and caregivers with an interest in physical activity to promote resiliency and prevent falls or injuries in older adults may be interested in this webinar hosted by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
BOARD LEADERSHIP: GOVERNANCE FUNDAMENTALS 2017
Board Leadership Edmonton
March 4
Location: MacEwan University City Centre Campus
$99 per person or $396 for a group (get 5, pay for 4)

Board Leadership Edmonton is hosting a one-day learning and networking event for first-time and experienced not-for-profit board members. Session topics include managing conflict; building diversity; insurance; fundamentals of board governance; role-specific duties; recruitment, orientation and training; and much more. Registration for this informative local event closes February 24.
ENGAGING YOUR BOARD AND OTHERS IN DIFFICULT DECISIONS
4Good
March 8, 1 p.m. Eastern
Free

Achieving your organization's goals often requires understanding and alignment across multiple stakeholders. Board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types need to be engaged in the planning and implementation of new strategies and actions. But how can you do this efficiently when there may be many different views and priorities? This webinar will introduce key principles and tools for building dialogue and alignment across diverse groups.
SOCIAL MEDIA CRASH COURSE FOR NONPROFITS
Nonprofit Hub
March 8, 12:30 p.m. Eastern
Free

This webinar will help you discover how to maximize your nonprofit's social media accounts through thankfulness, instead of promotion. The session will examine real-life examples of effective social media usage from organizations large and small, as well as the latest research into what works and what doesn't.
HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND REPORTS FOR YOUR SMALL TO MID-SIZE CHARITY OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Canadian Charity Law Association
March 15, 10 - 11 a.m. Mountain
Free

This webinar will answer key questions such as:
  • Which financial reports should we be receiving as board members and what is my role in reviewing financial statements and reports?
  • When I look at a Statement of Financial Position (or Balance Sheet) or Statement of Operations (or Income Statement) what should I be looking for?
  • What roles do external accountants and internal bookkeepers/accountants play in our financial reporting?
  • Are we required to have an Audit? When is it OK not to have an Audit?
  • Why is the Revenue Recognition Policy so important? How does it effect the financial statements?
  • What is a Reserve? And why should every NFPO and Charity have one?
MENTOR/COACH PROGRAM: LEADERS LEARNING TOGETHER
Creating People Power
Four-month program commencing April 12
Commitment: 25 hours
Location: World Trade Centre, Edmonton
$2100 (nonprofit rate) This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

This program is designed to support professionals to become mentors and coaches who can effectively build teams, overcome conflict, and support collaboration. Corporate and nonprofit leaders develop mentoring and coaching skills together in a collaborative approach to cross-sector leadership. The program creates an environment for participants to learn from one another by sharing strategies and practices, while developing their own professional skills.
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
FREE ADMISSION TO PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITES ON FAMILY DAY

Four provincially owned heritage facilities in Edmonton will offer free admission on Monday, February 20.
  • Government House
  • Rutherford House
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • Alberta Legislature
TAI CHI INTRODUCTION
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays until April 10, 9:30 a.m.
$2 weekly drop-in fee
 
This class includes 10 simple Tai Chi movements, warm up exercises, and sitting and walking Tai Chi movements. Health benefits include improved balance, coordination and range of movement. Drop-in or register for all classes. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for information.
PRESENTATION ON DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 1, 10:30 a.m.
Free

Presenters from the Primary Care Network will cover what is anxiety/depression, signs and symptoms of anxiety/depression, stigma, treatments available and lifestyle.  Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Saturdays, March 4-25, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Members $24 / non-members $32

This class will cover the basic features in Microsoft Excel such as the user interface, cell contents and formats, basic formulas, and productivity tips. Attendees must have a basic working knowledge of Windows, preferably Windows 10, but no previous knowledge of Excel is required. Register by February 25. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
YOGA CLASSES
Ital Canadian Senior Association (9111 110 Ave)
Mondays, March 6 to April 24 (no class March 27 and April 17), 7 - 8 p.m.
$2 per class

Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers to class and bring a water bottle and yoga mat. Call Connie Saccarello at 780-424-1255 if you have questions.
DANCE FEATURING ANDREAS & MIKE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
March 10, 7-10 p.m.
$10/person at the door which includes refreshments

Cash bar available for members and invited guests (by reading this consider yourself invited). Call 780-468-1985 for information.
BEAUTY WORKSHOP
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$5 for both sessions

Facial Pampering for You!
March 10, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
As we age, our skin changes and the products that we've known and loved may not be right for us anymore. There are millions of choices and shopping for these products and spending money on them before we know if they work, can be overwhelming. You are invited to a facial pampering session that will give you an opportunity to use a variety of products.

Going Glam-ma
March 27, 1 - 3 p.m.
Are you using the same makeup products that you wore to the office for decades? This session shares makeup tips for the older woman of today. By using new lightweight luminous products, we can create a more natural and softer look. This session will cover cheeks, bronzers and lip liner strategies.

Registration is required by March 3. Call 587-987-3200 for registration information.
JOHN W. BILSLAND AWARD
Strathcona Place Society

Entries are being accepted for the 2017 John W. Bilsland Award of Literary Excellence for Senior Writers. The competition is open to residents of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon territories who are of 55+ years of age. 

A monetary prize of $500 is awarded to the winners of the three categories: short story (fiction), short story (non-fiction), and poetry. Entries will be accepted until June 22. Get more details and download an entry form. E-mail jackbilslandaward@gmail.com if you have questions.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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