February 7, 2019
Resources
REDUCING SOCIAL ISOLATION FOR SENIORS

The Forum of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors has developed three supplements to its 2017 Social Isolation of Seniors toolkit. The new supplements focus on the social inclusion needs of three specific sub populations believed to be at higher risk of social isolation: These supplements can help individuals and communities better understand the issue of social isolation and identify ways to address and prevent it.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
HOW TO MARKET AND PROMOTE YOUR NONPROFIT VIDEOS
CharityHowTo
February 19, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
$77

Many nonprofits spend time and resources creating great videos, but they don't have a strategy to get the most mileage out of them after production is over. Thankfully there are simple tried-and-true tactics that even small nonprofits can use to market and promote their nonprofit videos to a wider audience. Learn tactical ways to promote your nonprofit videos to get more exposure and increase visibility for your organization in this webinar.
NONPROFIT CYBER SECURITY: TOOLS TO GET STARTED
Tech Impact
February 19, 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

As IT has become an increasingly important dimension of nonprofits' core operations, the dangers that IT security holes pose to nonprofits has also risen dramatically. This webinar will outline the most common classes of IT-based threats that the nonprofit community faces and discuss strategies and tools for reducing the risk.
FUNDRAISING, ADVOCACY AND LEGAL COMPLIANCE
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and IntegralOrg
February 20 and 21

IntegralOrg is back in Edmonton with session designed to help nonprofits stay legally compliant to legislation and regulations. Come bring your burning questions about fund development, donor management, lobbying and advocacy and more! Check out these three offerings:

Fundamentals of Fund Development
Feb. 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $90

Lobbying & Advocacy 101
Feb. 21, 9 - 11 a.m. $45

Legal Clinic
Feb. 21, 1 - 4 p.m. one-one-one free consultation
CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE RECOGNITION STRATEGIES FOR TODAY'S VOLUNTEERS
VolunteerMatch
Feb 21, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Are you doing the right things to recognize the work volunteers do for your organization? This webinar will discuss what motivates today's volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. The webinar will also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy.
TORONTO SOCIAL CAPITAL STUDY - A FOCUS ON THE SOCIAL LIVES OF TORONTO'S SENIORS
Centre for Studies in Aging & Health
February 26, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Social capital is the term used to describe the vibrancy of social networks and the extent to which there is trust and reciprocity within a community and among individuals. The results of a 2018 survey of Toronto residents show that seniors are faring better on measures of social capital than initially expected, and in many cases, have better social capital than younger populations within Toronto. The survey identified four areas that encompass social capital: Social Trust, Social Networks, Civic Engagement, and Neighbourhood Support.
 
At a time when social isolation is a growing concern - particularly amongst seniors - researchers and policymakers are working to gain a more granular understanding of the issue to identify ways that isolation can be combatted and social inclusion can be deepened. Learn more in this webinar.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
THURSDAY LUNCHEONS WITH ENTERTAINMENT
Southwest Senior's Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
$10/member or $12/non-member
 
Enjoy a delicious lunch and lively entertainment. The Chwyll Brothers perform on February 21 and The Runningboards perform February 28. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
PHILOSOPHERS CAFE
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
February 28, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
$6

CLSA's Philosophers' Cafes provide an opportunity to share, discuss and try to understand big issue topics. We may not always agree on the issues, but the opportunity is always there to help us open our minds towards understanding our world. 

The topic of the next cafe is: Is Marriage Losing Its Importance?
Recent studies and surveys show a dramatic change in how marriage is understood, the nature of marital commitments and expectations. The conversation will cover this significant change and its implications for religious and civil perspectives. Register using barcode 645124. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
THE CAREGIVER'S CLUB: FILM SCREENING
Caregivers Alberta
February 28, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Jerry Forbes Centre (12122 68 St.)
$10

Relatives of Alzheimer's and dementia victims call themselves members of "the club no one wants to join." The Caregivers' Club steps inside the private lives of four families as they navigate through heartbreak with humour and frustration. It's an inspiring journey of love, loss and letting go that thousands of families will be forced to take as their family members age. Join Caregivers Alberta for this film screening.
PANCAKE DAY
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
March 5, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Heritage Market Grill (7th Floor, 2759 109 St.) Use the Eden House entrance from the Pentecostal church parking lot.
$12

Pancake Day is the tradition of eating pancakes or any rich foods on the last day of feasting before Lent. Join SWESA for a morning of friendship with a full breakfast buffet of pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, and fruit. Coffee and juice are included. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200.
TELLING STORIES THROUGH DANCE: ANCESTORS & ELDERS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
March 7, 1 p.m.
Location: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
$10

The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and multidisciplinary Indigenous artists share a story of the first Ukrainian newcomers to Canada, exploring the shared values and respected differences between these hopeful settlers and the First Nations people they encounter. 

Meet at the Jubilee Auditorium north doors. Spots are limited so you must pre-register. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301. The auditorium is fully wheelchair accessible; please state your accessibility needs when registering.
THE SENIOR ACTOR
GeriActors Theatre
Fridays, 3 - 5 p.m.
Spring session: March 8 - May 31 (no class on April 19)
Summer session: July 5 - August 9
Location: Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
$120 (spring); $60 (summer) or $150 (spring and summer bundle)

Learn the storytelling and acting techniques developed by GeriActors in their upcoming workshop series. To register, contact Becca Barrington at 780-248-1556 or geriactors.friends@gmail.com.
OPEN JAM MUSIC SESSIONS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 1 - 3 p.m.
$2 drop-in fee

Music fills the soul! Come join this open jam session. You don't have to be an expert musician; only a love of music is required. Drop in with your guitar, banjo or any instrument you fancy. New members are welcome. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
ROSEBUD THEATRE TRIP
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
May 9
$99 members and $120 non-members

Participate in this trip to see the musical Bright Star at Rosebud Theatre. Bright Star is a toe-tapping musical set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina just after WWII. It is written by comedian Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. 

The luxury coach will leave the Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre at 8 a.m. and return approximately 6:30 p.m. A delicious buffet lunch will be served at the theatre when guests arrive.

Reserve your spot with payment as this trip is sure to sell out quickly. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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