February 22, 2018
Seniors Sector News
LGBTQ Seniors Housing Options
Edmonton Seniors Pride Group
Feb. 24 and March 10, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Pride Centre (10618 105 Street)

Are you interested in creating LGBTQ seniors housing options for yourself or others in the future? This is your chance to participate in planning housing options that meet your needs.

The Edmonton Seniors Pride Group is conducting facilitated sessions to determine interest in various gay-friendly seniors housing options. You will attend two 2.5-hour sessions facilitated by an expert consultant.
Food and refreshments are provided. The facility is wheelchair accessible and street parking is available.

Register by emailing LGBTQHousing@mysage.ca or call 587-520-6422.
SPINACH PROJECT WORKSHOP
February 24, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Room 275 Corbett Hall, University of Alberta

A team of researchers from Université Laval and University of Alberta is holding a workshop as part of the Spinach Project. They are looking for 4-5 seniors and 4-5 caregivers who have an experience with making a decision about their living situation to provide feedback on an online tool.

The Spinach website is meant for seniors and caregivers who would like to know how they and their loved ones can stay independent at home for as long as possible. It aims to describe the decision-making process, who can be involved in decision making, what the options are for staying independent at home, and where you could go for more information.

The objectives of this workshop are to get additional information about our users' goals, needs, and challenges and to help the Spinach team determine a course of action for the production phase of the project.

Contact Thomas Petitjean at thomas_petitjean@thecdm.ca or 778-883-5400 to register.
EDMONTON MEN'S SHEDS INFORMATION AND PLANNING
Sage Seniors Association and City of Edmonton
March 14, 9 - 11 a.m.
Location: Room 345, 3rd Floor, Edmonton Tower (10111 104 Avenue)

Getting off on the right foot is essential. Your reactions, input and advice will contribute to putting a framework in place for Men's Sheds in Edmonton.

Learn about the Men's Shed Movement from Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and now Canada and Edmonton. Hear about Edmonton's first two Men's Sheds in Beacon Heights and at Sage.

Men's Sheds are a place for men to learn and share skills while building relationships, are for men of all ages, and challenge social isolation.

For more information contact Michael Hoyt at 780-496-6192 or michael.hoyt@edmonton.ca.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
VOLUNTEER CONNECTOR HAS ARRIVED IN EDMONTON

A new tool is available to help Edmonton organizations recruit volunteers.
The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) has been working with Propellus in Calgary to expand their online tool to list Edmonton volunteer opportunities and organizations.

Any volunteer-based organization is welcome to sign up and add their opportunities... for free! Volunteer Connector can be the one-stop shop for volunteer opportunities in Edmonton. If you're interested in posting your volunteer opportunities, fill out this short form and ECVO will be in touch.

Visit volunteerconnector.org to see Edmonton opportunities.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
EVAL LAB
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
$450

With the increasing push for evaluation in the nonprofit sector, organizations face the difficult task of incorporating evaluation into their day-to-day work with only minimal resources to do so.
 
The goal of Eval Lab is to explore how nonprofits can integrate evaluative thinking into their practices for improved learning and decision-making. Participants will work alongside other team managers from Edmonton area non-profits in a co-learning space designed to explore, test, and adapt evaluation-based concepts to real-life settings and scenarios.

A small cohort of lab participants will meet regularly for six full-day sessions over a period of seven months, leaving opportunities between to apply lab learning to their organizations. Meetings will be held in the first week of the month from April to October, excluding September. This initial pilot is limited to human service agencies.

ECVO hopes to attract co-learners from human services non-profits who are curious, open-minded, critical, reflective, and willing to embrace uncertainty. If you are interested in applying fill out the Google Form to tell ECVO about you, your organization, and what you hope to get out of Eval Lab. Space is limited. The deadline to apply is March 9.
STRATEGIC PLANNING ... DONE RIGHT
Charity Village
March 22, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Successful organizations are focused on results, and they articulate their desired objectives and outcomes in such a way as to ensure that the whole organization is pulling in the same direction. Is your organization pulling at full strength? This webinar will uncover the common pitfalls of ineffective strategic planning, how to reach a common view of what the future looks like, and methodologies on how to get there.
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

The closing date for applications has been extended to March 23. Review the job posting for more information.
AGEING TO SAGEING OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

Working with the Ageing to Sageing Community Animator, this position will connect with seniors in North East Edmonton who may be interested in contributing their knowledge, skills and time to making a difference in their community. 

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by March 2, 2018.
PROGRAM LEAD SOCIAL WORKER
Sage Seniors Association

This position provides leadership to the Assessment, Intake, Housing and Multi-Cultural Outreach staff addressing the social and emotional needs of older adults through assessment, support, connecting to resources, advocacy, system navigation, identification of system gaps and engaging community to fill those gaps. 

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by March 2, 2018.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CLSA ANNUAL BOOK (& MORE) SALE
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
February 27 and 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Come out and support your local community and bring home a treasure or two.

Donated book sale proceeds will be collected as a fundraiser for Central Lions Seniors Association. Members and non-members will also be selling various creative crafts, knick knacks, collectibles, jewelry, and other items and collecting their own proceeds.
PURIM CELEBRATION
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
March 1, 11:30 a.m.

Participate in the fun of Purim reflecting important events in Jewish history that took place in the ancient Persian Empire. Some talented guests will present a Purimshpiel-a play that will make you laugh. Stay for lunch and try the traditional delicious Hamentashen. $15. Phone 780-488-4241 to RSVP.
JAM SESSIONS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
March 2 and March 16 at 7 p.m.
$3 admission includes coffee and cookies

Musicians form a song circle and take turns leading selections of their choosing. Bring an instrument or just come to listen. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
TELEPHONE HISTORICAL CENTRE & THE LOYAL EDMONTON REGIMENT MILITARY MUSEUM
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
March 6, bus pick up at 9:15 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m.
$23 members; 28 non-members (includes bus transportation, tours of both facilities and a bagged lunch)

Explore these historical sites of Edmonton located in the Prince of Wales Armouries Historical Centre. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum is dedicated to preserving the military heritage of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and other central and northern Alberta military units. The Telephone Historical Centre is dedicated to preserving the history of the telephone and telecommunications in the Edmonton area. Purchase tickets by February 26 at the WSAC front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
DANCE NIGHT
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 9, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance 7-11 p.m.
$10 per person in advance; $12 per person at door

The dance features the Edmonton Swing Band. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
March 14, 5 p.m.
Tickets $15 up to and including March 12. Tickets are $18 after March 12 and at the door. 

The McKinnon School of Highland Dance will be performing and there will be green beer! Call 780-433-5807 to reserve a seat.
SEXY SENIORS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
March 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

Seniors don't have sex. There are no gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans-identified seniors. Our sexual sensations diminish as we age. Seniors don't have to worry about STIs. Seniors are prudes when it comes to sex. This interactive and informative workshop will provide seniors the space to explore these commonly held myths. 

Do you have questions about your sexual health? Would you like to discuss these questions in a safe and comfortable environment? If so, please join sexual health educator Dr. Brian Parker from the Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness. 

Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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