February 9, 2017
Seniors Sector News

GOVERNING YOUR SENIORS ORGANIZATION IN A CHANGING WORLD: A BOARD-TO-BOARD DISCUSSION

Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
March 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Bonnie Doon Hall (9240 93 Street)
Free

Not-for-profit organizations are operating in an increasingly complex environment. As boards lead their organizations, outside demands can take organizations into less familiar territory. Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Director Russ Dahms will talk briefly about trends that boards may be experiencing and will ask for your perceptions about what this looks like in seniors agencies.

The goal of this session will be to determine if there are specific supports that you and your board colleagues would find helpful. Between ESCC and ECVO we may be able to organize further sessions tailored to meet your board governance needs. 

This session is for board members of ESCC member organizations and will provide an opportunity for you to network with board members from other seniors organizations in the city. Register by February 24.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Professional Development
EXPERIENCE THE CIRCLE OF HEALTH: TRANSFORMING APPROACHES TO COLLABORATION
5-part series offered by The Quaich Learning Centre
February 14-28, 12-1:30 p.m. (Eastern)
$65 per session and $299 for the series

Get to know the Circle of Health, an innovative tool that engages collaborators, creates a shared language for stakeholders, and promotes innovative solutions to complex issues. The Circle of Health is available in six languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Serbian), and a facilitator's handbook has been developed. This webinar series will enhance your skills in partnership development, collaborative planning, knowledge exchange and facilitation.
SCREENING VOLUNTEERS IN. NOT OUT.
Volunteer Alberta
February 23, 11 a.m. - Noon (Mountain)
March 15, 2 - 3 p.m. (Mountain)
April 5, 11 a.m. - Noon (Mountain)
$25 VA member/ $35 non-member

Engaging volunteers is potentially one of the most important aspects of any nonprofit organizations work. Finding the best people to fill volunteer positions helps to achieve your organization's mission and supports the success of your programs and services. Join this webinar to:
  • Develop a deeper understanding of volunteer screening and engagement
  • Learn about the important steps in the screening process and Identify ways to enhance your practices and policies
  • Gain clarity on the difference between Police Information Checks and Vulnerable Sector Checks (and how to decide when to use them)
WINNING GRANTS FROM FAMILY FOUNDATIONS
Chronicle of Philanthropy
February 23, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
$79 early bird

Hone your understanding of philanthropists who give through family foundations and increase your odds of winning a grant from them. You'll gain insights into how family foundations operate and how to find family foundations interested in your mission. This webinar covers:
  • How to identify family foundations interested in your cause
  • Key ways in which family philanthropy differs from grant making at larger foundations
  • How to convey your impact effectively for busy philanthropists
SINGLE DAYS OF SERVICE: MAKE 'EM WORK!
Volunteer Match
February 28, 11 a.m. (Pacific)
Free

More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? In this webinar you'll learn:
  • Trends driving the desire for single day volunteer events
  • How to create real impact opportunities for groups to do in a single day
  • What systems and structures can help you manage single day events
  • Tips for recognition and relationship building for single day volunteers
NAVIGATOR  FOR PROFESSIONALS AND HEALTH PROVIDERS
Caregivers Alberta
March 8, April 5 or May 12 (one-day workshop)
Fulton Place School (10310 56 Street)
Free

Navigator trains health professionals, service providers and community agency staff to better support caregivers by showing how to identify caregivers early in their journey, support caregivers to adopt self-care practices and facilitate caregivers' access to programs/resources and referrals. Review the brochure for more information. To register, contact 780-453-5088 or navigator@caregiversalberta.ca.
2017 CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
April 4
Mount Royal University, Calgary
$175 CCVO members / $225 non-members (early bird rate which ends Feb. 28)

Complexity, unpacked. How can we work together to meet the needs of our community today and in the future? Participate in this day of learning and networking as together we delve into the complex issues that surround us. Hear from speakers and presenters who will stretch your thinking, challenge your assumptions, and open up discussions that can continue long after the day is over. Learn new ways to move forward as you connect with changemakers and leaders from nonprofit, government, and business.

Session Tracks: G o deeper with the issues in breakout sessions that explore three areas:
  • Working through Indigenous reconciliation
  • Transitioning to a lower-carbon future
  • Navigating demographic shifts
Watch for session titles and presenters to be announced in the coming weeks.
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
BOOKKEEPER
Mill Woods Seniors Association

Key responsibilities include:
  • Enter all accounting transactions into our accounting software (currently Sage 50).
  • Update the chart of accounts as required, when new types of revenue/expenses/assets/liabilities are identified. Advise the Treasurer of all updates to the chart of accounts.
  • Assist with the annual budgeting process and enter budget information as required.
  • File all physical financial documents.
  • Track GST payments and file the GST reports with the CRA. Complete the Annual Charities Return form (T3010) and submit to the Charities Directorate.
  • Write all cheques that are issued by the MWSA.
  • Prepare banking documents (deposit slips, account transfers, etc.)
  • Perform all payroll functions including: receiving timesheets, calculating paycheques, issuing (writing) paycheques, writing and handling cheques for payroll deductions (EI, CPP, etc.), producing T4s and all other government payroll reporting.
  • Prepare financial reports for the MWSA board and the E.D. and the Treasurer.
  • Assist the Treasurer to answer financial questions that are raised by members at the AGM.
  • Document all routine accounting procedures.
  • Work with the auditor to provide information for our annual audit/financial review.
  • Assist the E.D. and Finance Committee with the preparation of our annual budget.
  • Note: this position will never handle cash or go to the bank. Cash handling and on-site banking will be performed by the E.D. or MWSA staff.
Review the complete job posting for details on the position. Send resumes to edmillwoodsseniors@gmail.com by February 14.
BOOKKEEPER II (PART TIME)
South East Edmonton Seniors Association

Skills required:
  • A good working knowledge of general accounting practices and principles
  • Ability to work within the various modules of the Sage 50 accounting system or other equivalent system where knowledge would be transferable.
  • Month end reporting including but not limited to Journal Entries, Bank Reconciliation, and Deferred Revenue
  • Good internal control processes
  • Caring and compassionate understanding the needs of our seniors and volunteers within the community and our activity centre
Duties include but not limited to:
  • Ability to set up and maintain an existing Chart of Accounts
  • Payroll entry and direct deposits
  • Working with staff members responsible for the advertising and building rental to deliver monthly Account Payable and Accounts Receivable, obtaining approval for vendor invoices, and collection of customer accounts
  • Entering month end and adjusting Journal Entries for account reconciliation
  • Basic understanding of the recording and distribution of Grants received
  • Understanding of distribution of RRSP funds and Blue Cross charges
  • Understanding and distribution of deferred revenue accounts
  • Bank Reconciliation of various accounts
  • Coding and posting of revenues and expenses
  • Year End adjustments for Accountant
  • Cash handling and tracking
  • Cover off for Bookkeeper I position when out of office
  • Office assistance to other staff members as assigned by Executive Director
  • A clean criminal record/security check is required
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Publisher
  • Other general office/bookkeeping duties as required
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Applications will be received until 4:30 p.m. on February 17.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
February 11, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Free

Enjoy a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, music, Tai Chi, cultural displays, refreshments, door prizes, and more! Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
HEALTH CLINICS
SCONA (10440 84 Avenue)
 
Foot Clinic
February 15, begins at 11 a.m.
$20 for the doctor. Free refreshments while you wait. First-come-first-served but your needs will be accommodated. Stay for lunch for just $5. Call 780-433-5377 if you plan to attend.

Hearing, Blood Pressure & Glucose Clinic
February 16, 10 a.m.
Ritchie Hall (7727 98 St.). Clinic is free. Lunch to follow for $5. Call 780-433-5377 to book your time slot.
ON PACE WITH PARKINSONS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
February 16 - March 9, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
$35

Have you been diagnosed with Parkinsons and unsure what one can do? Exercise is one of the top prescriptions to help keep people motivated and provide the strength needed to continue enjoying hobbies and opportunities in life. This is an instructor-led workout that delivers exercises best suited to abilities in a progressive manner to keep members moving. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
POTLUCK & GAMES NIGHT
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
February 17, doors open 4:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5 p.m.
$2/person with a dish and $5/person without a dish

Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
LUNCH & LEARN URBAN POLING (NORDIC WALKING)
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
February 22, noon

Come and give walking with sticks a try. Lunch $9 members; non-members $12. Presentation is complimentary. Call 780-488-4241 for information.
FAT TUESDAY PANCAKE BRUNCH
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
February 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$10 member; $12 non-member

Fat Tuesday was originally known as Shrove Tuesday, and in French it is called Mardi Gras. Among the English-speaking peoples of Great Britain and her colonies, Fat Tuesday is often known as Pancake Day, because people used up their dairy products and eggs by making pancakes and similar items for the last day of "fat eating" or "gorging" before the fasting period of Lent. Even if you aren't planning to fast, join this fun social brunch. If you are interested in volunteering your pancake flipping skills, contact the SWESA program coordinator at 587-987-3200. Register by February 24.
BRUCE HOTEL STEAK DINNER BUS TRIP
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
March 24, bus leaves ESC at 3:30 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy a steak or chicken dinner with all the dressings, one non-alcoholic beverage, and transportation to and from Bruce all for $60. Register and pay at the Edmonton Seniors Centre before March 3. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
SPRING SESSION
Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA)
May 1 - 19
University of Alberta Education Centre
$250 plus a $20 current membership for up to 4 courses

ELLA's exciting continuing education Spring Session is happening May 1 to 19, and all aged 50 plus are welcome. There is no homework, grades, or prerequisites, and everyone is welcome no matter what their educational background.

Details about this year's program will be released online and in hard copy on February 13. To find out about membership, when and how to register, and about the 60 classes on offer related to topics such as music, art, science, history, and physical fitness go to my-ella.com or call the ELLA office at 780-492-5055. Registration begins March 14 on a first-come, first-served basis.
CREE CONVERSATION GROUP
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays, 12 p.m.
Free

Learning a new language is a great way exercise your brain. This weekly gathering is a great, informal opportunity to learn and share one of Canada's original languages. Open to all. Drop-in and give it a try. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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