February 21, 2019
Grants and Awards
2019 LAUREL AWARDS

The Duncan Craig Laurel Awards recognize non-profit organizations and charities that further their objectives through exceptional creativity and innovation. Applications are due May 31.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Learning Opportunities
VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT AND MANAGEMENT WEBINARS
VolunteerMatch

The VolunteerMatch roster of March webinars is full of useful topics:
March 5: Single Days of Service: Make 'em Work!
March 7: The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit
March 12: Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways
March 14: Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers
March 26: Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
March 28: Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program
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ACCESSIBILITY AND AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES: STRENGTHENING LOCAL IMPACT
Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program
March 5, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

In this webinar, presenters will:
  • Describe age-friendly principles and the current strategy to support age-friendly planning and implementation in Ontario
  • Describe accessibility principles and how the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) Act impacts provincial and municipal planning
  • Explore the ways in which age-friendly and accessibility principles complement each other
  • Use Barrie, Ontario as a case example to demonstrate how linking age-friendly and accessibility planning can strengthen local work
HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR YEAR-END PROCESS
Charity Village
March 7, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Are you struggling to figure out what needs to be done to wrap up your nonprofit's accounting at year end? This webinar will cover financial best practices for nonprofits, with a focus on how organizations can simplify their year-end process. Participants will learn the accounting fundamentals that nonprofits need to know, as well as details on tools and processes that can help to streamline your back-end processes.
NONPROFIT SUCCESSION PLANNING: LEADING BY SHARING POWER
bloomerang
March 7, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will help you understand the value of succession planning to nonprofits (and the risks of poor or non-existent transition plans). Topics covered:
  • How organizations grow and change over time - and how leadership needs change as nonprofits grow
  • Why "just doing it yourself" is seldom the best choice
  • Short-term contingency plans vs. long-term transition plans (you need both)
  • Tangible tips for training and empowering others to lead
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
ACCESSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The City of Edmonton is creating an updated corporate policy, Accessibility for People with Disabilities C602. Public engagement is an important part of this policy development work.

Opportunities to provide feedback will begin at the end of February with five public drop-in sessions in locations across the city. Please join one of the sessions and provide your feedback on a draft of the policy. 

Learn more about this policy work at edmonton.ca/accessibilitypolicy.
JAM SESSIONS AND DANCING
 
The Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association offers two weekly opportunities for you to enjoy music and dancing:

Acoustic Music Jam & Dancing
Mondays, 7 - 10 p.m.
Pleasantview Community Hall (10860 57th Ave.)
$4
Plus: Group fiddle lessons or workshop for beginner/intermediate level
7 - 8 p.m.
$5 for members (annual membership $15)
Call Ava at 780-962-8857 or Barbara 780-906-6862 for more information.

Open Mic, Country Singing, Music & Dancing
Thursdays, 7 - 10 p.m.
North Glenora Community Hall (13535 109A Ave.)
$5
Call Wayne at 780-722-9428 for more information.

Email wildrosefiddlers@gmail.com to learn more.
THE SILVER TONES
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Practice sessions are Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$2 drop-in fee

The group is comprised of committed musicians who like to play, sing and share new material with band members. They perform from time to time at WSAC and other seniors' centres. If you have mastered the basics on your instrument, enjoy singing, and are willing to share new material with others, you might find this group of interest. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
March 5, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$5

Enjoy a time of friendship and fun at CLSA's special Cuppa Corner Shrove Tuesday event. Tickets include three pancakes with sausages or bacon plus a refreshment. For more information, call 780.496-7369.
WALKING FOR HEALTH
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Wednesdays, March 6-April 24, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
$44 members; $56 non-members

This walking class includes a warm up, cool down, lots of stretching, balance work with the occasional lower body strengthening exercise. This is a great low impact class for seniors. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
LETTERS TO NORMAND
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
March 8, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
$2

My Sundays with Normand is a book of 77 poems written by Adele Fontaine to honor the difficult process of grieving for her husband. These poems soon became a way for her to spend time with him, reflecting on their lives together in order to cope with the sadness she was feeling. Join Adele as she shares some of her poems and engages in conversation about how she feels his presence deep in her bones every time she flips open her MacBook to begin writing. Registration requested but not required. Call 587-987-3200.
WATCH THE TIM HORTONS BRIER
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 10, door 4 p.m., supper 5 p.m., game 6 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 curling action on the big screen. Bring your friends and family. Hot dogs, beans, and fresh buns will be served for dinner. Wine and beer available for $4. Purchase tickets by March 6. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
POT OF GOLD ST. PADDY'S PARTY & FUN CASINO
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
March 16
$20

Enjoy cocktails and an Irish tunes sing-a-long at 4:30 p.m. followed by Irish stew and biscuits for supper. Fun casino games begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets on sale in advance February 20 to March 13 if not sold out. At the door admission may be available for the fun casino only (no meal) for $15. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
EVENING DELIVERY SHIFTS AVAILABLE
Edmonton Meals on Wheels

If you can spare some time between 4 and 7 p.m. on weekday evenings, Meals on Wheels could use your help picking up frozen meals as well as groceries from the office in Oliver. It is a great way to get involved and help deliver food to those who need it. If you're interested, visit www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org or call 780-429-2020.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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