February 20, 2020
Learning Opportunities
BEST PRACTICES THROUGH DESIGN IN CONGREGATE LIVING
Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research (ICCER)
March 11, 1-2 p.m.
Free members; $15 non-members

Design has the potential to support or disable residents' quality of life and caregivers' lived experiences in caregiving and therapeutic congregate living settings. This webinar highlights how design, through everyday things, spaces, and creation of place, actively supports the quality of life and lived experiences of those in caregiving and therapeutic situations. This presentation is based on decades of ethnographic research across four continents, including three detailed case studies from Alberta.
DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT
VolunteerMatch
March 17, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? This informative webinar will discuss the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organization. You will learn why a strategic plan for volunteer engagement is important, how to incorporate key components into a strategic plan, how you can use a strategic plan to communicate with organization stakeholders, and how a strategic plan can elevate the work that volunteers do in your organization.
5 SECRETS OF EMAIL MARKETING GENIUSES
Firespring
March 18, 10-11 a.m. (Central)
Free

There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. This webinar will share tips from email marketing geniuses, including types of nonprofit emails, the structure of a successful email marketing campaign, and email marketing mistakes to avoid.
LEADER AS A COACH FOR NONPROFITS 
Casey Executive Coaching and Leadership
April 23, May 14, June 5; 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. (each day)
Location: Skills Action Lab (10408 124 Street)
$600

Be the leader you want (and need) to be. Explore who you are as a leader, develop your coach approach to drive performance, and discover the exponential capacity that inclusive leadership creates. Ideal for directors and managers, this three-day program will offer a powerful combination of in-class learning, as well as one-on-one coaching to allow for deeper leadership exploration on an individual level.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
CLIENT SERVICES COORDINATOR
Edmonton Meals on Wheels

Help ensure Edmonton Meals on Wheels clients, volunteers, and the general public receive the best service experience possible. Main responsibilities include handling service inquiries, responding to delivery problems, completing data entry and financial transactions, scheduling meal delivery, delivering meals in all areas of Greater Edmonton, and cross training to support other departments as needed. 

Qualifications include 3-5 years' customer service experience, a valid driver's license and clear driver's abstract, access to a reliable vehicle, and a clear police information check, including vulnerable sector check. The deadline to apply is March 2. See the full job posting for additional details and application instructions.
FIT FOR LIFE FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
Strathcona Place Society

Are you an enthusiastic fitness professional seeking a new opportunity? Strathcona Place Society is seeking an instructor to lead seniors' fitness classes. This role requires strong problem-solving and creative thinking skills to meet the needs of the centre's clientele.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate understanding, patience and an ability to build positive relationships with seniors. 

Qualifications for this role include current AFLCA Group Exercise and Fitness of Older Adults Certification, current CPR and Standard First Aid, instructor fitness insurance, experience teaching seniors, and strong communication skills. The deadline to apply is March 6. See the full job posting for additional details and application instructions.  
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
MÉTIS HISTORY 101
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
February 25; 12 p.m. (lunch), 1 p.m. (presentation)
$13 lunch and presentation; $3 presentation only

The Métis people are a distinct Canadian Indigenous group with origins in the fur trade. While Métis people have both First Nations and European ancestry, they are culturally distinct from these two groups and form a unique component of Canada's cultural composition. Attend this informative presentation to learn all about the history, culture, and traditions of the Métis. Participants must pre-register by calling 780-488-4241.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
6:45 p.m.
$8 members; $11 non-members

With a different band each week, this lineup of live entertainment will have you shaking and shimmying the night away. Upcoming acts include:

February 26: Diamonds
March 4: Sparkling Tones
March 11: Vinyl Country
March 18: Chwill Brothers
EDMONTON RESOURCE CONNECT
REACH Edmonton
February 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Santa Maria Goretti Centre (11050 90 Street)
Free

This resource fair is your one-stop shop for community serving agencies, groups, and organizations. Learn more about resources, programs, and services available in Edmonton and get connected to your community. While this event is free to attend, registration is requested.
OPEN STUDY STUDIO
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
March 3-April 7,  Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m.
$102 members; $138 non-members

Explore your artwork under the guidance of a professional artist. You will receive hands-on individual assistance plus demonstrations with technique and composition to help you complete a project. This workshop is for those with some previous art experience. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
JOURNALLING WORKSHOP
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
March 4-25,  Wednesdays,  
$35 members; $65 non-members 

With so much bad news floating around out there, it's easy to feel down in the dumps. Journalling is a great hobby that can lift your spirits, improve your mood, and remind you of all that's good about life. Share your joy with others in this interactive workshop. Call 780-425-8625 to register.
MEDITATION FOR MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT
Strathcona Place Society (10831 University Avenue)
March 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
$12 members; $18 non-members

Get mindful in this information session that will teach techniques to unify your mind, body, and spirit. Coffee and cookies are included in the cost of registration. Register at the front desk. For more details, call 780-433-5807.
TOONIE TALK: SENIOR CARE FUNDING
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street) 
March 9, 1:30 p.m.
$2 for members and non-members

It can be confusing and overwhelming to know where to turn when you need help. This informative session will outline some of the many resources available to seniors, and how to access them. Participants are asked to pre-register by at the front desk or by phoning 780-483-1209.
iPAD BASICS CLASS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
March 11-April 15,  Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m.
Free

Enhance your digital savvy and learn how to use an iPad in this six-week course offered by the Edmonton Public Library. With the exception of washing your car (we can only dream), if you can think it, an iPad can probably do it. This course will take place in classroom C. Pre-register by March 9 by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
BUS TRIP: HEISENBERG AT THE VARSCONA THEATRE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
March 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
$35 members; $45 non-members

Presented by Shadow Theatre and ATB Financial, this production tugs at the heartstrings while opening minds. Amongst the bustle of a crowded London train station, 40-ish Georgie spots Alex, a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game. Roundtrip transportation from Blue Quill Community League (11304 25 Avenue) is provided. Registration is required by March 2. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
LEVEL 1 SPEECHREADING AND COPING CLASSES
St. Albert Further Education and the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
$175 per nine-week session

Learn the basics of speechreading (lipreading) plus coping skills and communication strategies. Topics will include: hearing aids, tinnitus, dealing with friends and family, workplace protections, adaptive devices, and more. You will also meet a community of peers who share your challenges.

Edmonton Session
April 1-May 27, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Jerry Forbes Centre (12122 68 Street)
Call 780-428-6622 or email info@chha-ed.com for more information and to register.

St. Albert Session
April 2-May 28, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
#107, 80 McKenny Avenue
Call 780-460-2207 for more information and to register.
ACCESSIBILITY SURVEY
City of Edmonton

The City of Edmonton has developed a framework for engagement that will result in each City Department having clear and prioritized accessibility actions to implement over the next three years. These actions will be published in the Corporate Accessibility Plan. Provide your feedback for accessibility actions in this 6-8-minute survey. Provide feedback on topics including City facilities, programs, services, activities, and policies.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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