February 23, 2017
Seniors Sector News
HOW DO YOU HELP NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS?

When a nonprofit organization finds itself in a sticky governance situation, the board will usually reach out to another nonprofit or government program for help. Currently in Alberta there is no "one-stop" referral source to point organizations to the most appropriate support for their specific problem. The Alberta Non-Profit Governance Initiative - a partnership of nonprofit support agencies and government - is working to build a tool for supporting organizations in need.

If your organization offers governance advice, resources or referrals please complete a short survey about your programs and services. The information you provide will help to develop a comprehensive referral list.

If you have questions, contact David Feldman at governance@ecvo.ca or 780-801-1054.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
INFORMATION FOR CHARITIES

The Canada Revenue Agency has a wealth of resources for charities including:
  • Videos and recorded webinars on topics such as gifting and receipting; and financial statements, books and records; and participation in political activities
  • Checklists on topics such as maintaining charitable registration, GST/HST, and maintaining a charity's legal status
  • Toolbox for directors, officers, and volunteers that helps registered charities understand and meet their requirements and obligations
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN CAUSE AWARENESS AND GIVING DAYS
Nonprofit Tech for Good
March 14, 3 p.m. (Pacific)
Free

The rise of social media has also given rise to online giving on cause awareness and giving days. The urgency of a campaign occurring on a certain day inspires individuals to donate, but only if your nonprofit prepares in advance and creates an online campaign that taps into the impulsivity of cause awareness and giving day donors. This webinar will help your nonprofit prepare and launch a successful cause awareness day and/or giving day online campaign.
INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS FOR COGNITIVE HEALTH, LIFELONG LEARNING AND DINING
International Council on Active Aging
March 16, 10 a.m. (Pacific)

This webinar highlights three award-winning programs that may spark some ideas for Edmonton seniors programming.
  • Center 4 Brain Health: programming that includes classes, engagement and education for older adults who want maintain their brain health along with support for those concerned about memory and thinking skills
  • Thrive Institute: presentations that provide attendees with holistic health modalities older populations are generally not exposed to
  • Five Meal Plan: redesigned the food service in nursing care to make person-centered care a reality
INDIGENOUS CANADA
Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Class starts March 20

Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. The course can be taken as a non-credit course for free.
CRITICAL FINANCIAL CONTROLS FOR SMALL TO MEDIUM NONPROFITS
Charity Village
March 23, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Employee theft, fraud and embezzlement are surprisingly prevalent in the nonprofit and charity sector. Fortunately, employee theft, fraud and embezzlement are almost entirely preventable - with the right internal controls. This webinar will outline the types of financial internal controls required to protect the assets and reputations of your organization and its directors.
SENIOR CENTERS 2017: FOSTERING WELL-CENTERED AGING
National Institute of Senior Centers
June 13-16
Held near Chicago, Illinois

This American conference for senior centre professionals features a wide variety of workshops and seminars on the latest trends and best practices in the senior centre field, exhibits, and tours of two NISC Nationally Accredited senior centres.
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
SOUP AND BANNOCK LUNCHEON
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
Every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m.
$4 suggested donation

Enjoy soup and bannock made fresh the day of the luncheon. Desert is also served. Call 780-476-6595 ext. 2 for more information.
INTERGENERATIONAL BOARD GAME, COMEDY AND LITERATURE NIGHT
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
March 3, 4:30 - 9 p.m.
Free admission
  • Board Games: Sample a variety of board games while also meeting youth and other seniors in the community. (All night)
  • Literature: Share your literary talent. Present one of your own pieces or support those performing. (5-6 p.m.)
  • Comedy: At this community event, you don't need any stand-up comedy experience to share your best jokes. Everyone is welcome to perform. Come to support the performers and stay to watch a Michael Jackson impersonator and comedy headliner Nick Mandlis. (6:15 - 8 p.m.)
CONVERSATIONAL CREE LEARNING ROUND TABLE
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Beginning March 3, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Free
 
Re-imagine the world in an Indigenous context that applies to you. Learn a word a day and have fun. Everyone is welcome. Review the poster for more information. Register by calling 780-433-5807 or stop by the centre's front desk.
EXPLORING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
March 8, 1:30-3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

Diversity, Inclusion, Culture. These are all words now commonly used to describe our communities. Join a facilitator from the Centre for Race and Culture to explore what these terms mean and offer discussions on how we can work towards creating inclusive spaces and communities for all. Call 587-987-3200 for registration information.
TAX CLINICS FOR SENIORS
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 9 and 16 and April 6 and 13, 6-8:30 p.m.
Free

Seniors can get their taxes completed by making an appointment at one of these tax clinics. Qualifying Details: without dependent income $30 000 or less, with dependent income $50 000 or less, income includes investment money, no estate tax returns. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to book an appointment.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY TEA & SING-A-LONG
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 10, 2-4 p.m.
$5

The sing-a-long will be hosted by the Northgate Jammers Club. Tickets will be on sale until March 3. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
INS, OUTS & ALLIES GAME NIGHT
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
March 15, 7-9 p.m.
$2

Play a wide variety of table games from Crokinole to Uno. Join in the fun! Sign up at the SEESA Front Desk or call 780-468-1985.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
PARTICIPANTS FOR PHOTO SHOOT

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is seeking seniors age 55+ to participate in a photo shoot. The photos will be used for a new Edmonton seniors website and related marketing material.

People are needed for three hours during the week of March 6 - 10. Photo locations will include Edmonton landmarks, outdoor locations such as the river valley and indoor locations such as a coffee shop.

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact Janelle Beblow at 780-423-5635 ext. 1 or memberservices@seniorscouncil.net by February 28.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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