February 28, 2019
Grants and Awards
GRANTS FOR ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS

Communities and organizations are invited to apply for funding to host Alberta Culture Days events to showcase their arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit. Alberta Culture Days will be held September 27-29, 2019.

Grants are open to cultural organizations, non-profit groups, venues and facilities, school and community groups, First Nation and M├ętis settlements, and post-secondary institutions. Eligible community organizations can apply for one of the following:
  • up to $10,000 for three days of programming as a Feature Celebration Site
  • up to $5,000 for two days of programming as a Host Celebration Site
  • up to $1,000 for one day of programming as a Pop Up Celebration Site
The deadline to apply is April 4.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Learning Opportunities
EXPLORING EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMS TO ADDRESS DEPRESSION IN COMMUNITY-BASED SETTINGS
National Council on Aging
March 12, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Aging service providers strive to address older adults' behavioral health needs in community settings and there are evidence-based programs that can help. This webinar will overview two U.S. programs that address depression among older adults, PEARLs and Healthy IDEAS, and how they can be implemented to address mental health needs and reduce barriers to participation in other activities. Best practices for pairing evidence-based behavioral health programs with services focused on chronic disease self-management education or physical activity will also be discussed.
10 ONLINE FUNDRAISING BEST PRACTICES FOR SMALL NONPROFITS
Nonprofit Tech for Good
March 12, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Customized for small nonprofits on a limited budget, this webinar will highlight current trends in online fundraising. Online donations make up an average of 8.5% of a nonprofit's annual budget, but that number will grow rapidly in the coming years. It's crucial that your nonprofit knows the basics of a successful online fundraising campaign and has knowledge of emerging online fundraising trends in order to prepare for the future. Topics include:
  • What to look for in an online fundraising platform
  • How to launch a monthly giving program
  • How to use social media to increase your online donations
  • How to launch a crowdfunding campaign
  • How to tap into the power of cause awareness and giving days
EXPLORING SOCIAL ISOLATION IN OLDER ADULTS
Alberta Association on Gerontology
March 14, 5:15 p.m. registration, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. guest speakers/discussion
Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)
$60 AAG member; $55 student or senior member; $65 non-member

Network over dinner and hear insights about the issue of social isolation and possible solutions.

Guest Speakers:
  • Tim Henderson, Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS)
  • Dr. Sheree Kwong See, Office of the Seniors Advocate Alberta
Register online. Contact AAGEdmontonChapter@gmail.com if you have questions.
HOW TO RECRUIT AND MANAGE AMAZING EVENT COMMITTEES
CharityHowTo
March 14, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

Do you know what most super-successful events have in common? It's their rock star event committees. It's a fact - committees can help with almost every aspect of fundraising events, including getting auction donations, soliciting sponsorships and selling tickets. What's not to love about a group of volunteers working as a team to make sure your organization's event is profitable!?

This webinar will take you through the process of identifying candidates for your chair position, discuss how to recruit committee members, and show you how to effectively manage your team and maximize the resources they bring to your event.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
GUARDIANSHIP / TRUSTEESHIP COORDINATOR (15 hours/week)
Sage Seniors Association

This part time position is responsible for providing education and support to individuals making application for Guardianship, Trusteeship and other Co-Decision making options, of a dependent adult. This is provided through one on one support, group presentations or telephone support. In addition, the position will provide public education sessions regarding Personal Directives and Power of Attorney.

Qualifications of this position include a Human Services Degree or Diploma and experience or a familiarity with legal documents. Equivalencies will be considered. A clear criminal record check is required.

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The deadline to apply is March 6.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
GENTLE DANCE MOVES
SouthWest Seniors Outreach Society (10832 62 Ave.)
Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
$6/member/class or $7/non-member/class

Some light weight exercises are included in this fun gentle dance activity. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$8 NESA members / $11 non-members

Enjoy dancing to a different band each week at NESA's Wednesday Night Dances. Here is the March roster: March 6: Sparkling Tones; March 13: Romantics; March 20: Chwill Brothers; and March 27: Ghost Riders. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
ZUMBA & ZUMBA GOLD
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
Mondays 7-8 p.m. and Thursdays 9-10 a.m.
Drop-In $8.50/class or $30/4 classes

Monday classes are high energy, fast-paced, Latin-inspired dance exercise for ages 14+. Thursday classes are low-impact, Latin-inspired fun dance exercise for ages 55+. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
LUNCH & LEARN: POETRY AT THE CENTRE
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
March 12, 12 p.m.
$13 for non-members

Meet Adele Fontaine, the author of My Sundays with Normand. Come for lunch and stay for this presentation. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
March 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, and 29, 2:30 p.m.
$5 (for the set of 7 classes)


This class is an introduction to computer basics including learning how to use the mouse and working up to using internet and e-mail. Classes will be offered in small groups. You must pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
LUCK OF THE IRISH AT CUPPA CORNER
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
March 19, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free but small change donations are welcome

Enjoy St. Patrick's Day celebrations and entertainment at CLSA's Cuppa Corner. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
EDMONTON STAMP CLUB NATIONAL SPRING SHOW
Edmonton Stamp Club
March 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and March 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 St.)
Free admission and free parking

The Edmonton Stamp Club invites you to attend the National Spring Show which features:
  • Stamp dealers from across Canada
  • National Level Exhibits (WSP)
  • Circuit books
  • Junior table door prizes
  • Free evaluations of your stamp postcard or cover collection
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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