January 10, 2019
Seniors Sector News

Alberta Seniors' Week has been recognized since 1986 to celebrate the contributions seniors make to enhance the quality of life in Alberta.

Each year the Government of Alberta chooses an organization or community to co-host the Provincial Launch event for Seniors' Week. Alberta Seniors and Housing invites proposals from municipalities, Indigenous communities and senior-serving organizations to co-host the 2019 Seniors' Week Provincial Launch Event.

Seniors' Week 2019 is June 2 - 8, and the provincial launch will be on Monday, June 3. If your community or organization is interested in co-hosting the provincial launch event, submit a proposal before January 21.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Grants and Awards

The Canada Summer Jobs program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Applications are due by January 25, 2019.
STEP 2019

Applications for the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) are now being accepted.  STEP provides funding for eligible employers to hire high school or post-secondary students to work summer jobs from May to August. The Government of Alberta will provide employers with a wage subsidy of $7 per hour for a minimum of 30 hours per week (on average) and a maximum of 37.5 hours per week. The application deadline is February 8, 2019.

The Minister's Seniors Service Awards recognize outstanding contributions of Albertans of any age who volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of seniors. 

Alberta Seniors and Housing is accepting nominations for the 2019 awards in three award categories:
  • Individual
  • Organization
  • Alice Modin Award
Nominees will be recognized at community celebrations to be held across Alberta during the summer. The Minister will select award recipients to be honoured at a special ceremony in the fall of 2019. The nomination deadline is February 28, 2019.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Learning Opportunities
January 16, 12 - 1 p.m. (Mountain)

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

This introductory webinar will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:
  • Making your case for support
  • Diversifying your organization's fundraising base
  • Creating a plan of action
Donor Search
January 22, 1 - 2 p.m. (Mountain)

This webinar will discuss corporate philanthropy with a particular focus on matching gifts. The presenter will walk-through several examples of how to communicate with donors and increase revenue using matching gifts.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
January 23, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Almanac (10351 82 Avenue)

Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs and to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. Wine & Wisdom is built on the belief that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

The topic for January's edition is collaboration. How can you and your organization maximize opportunities for collaboration and partnership that creates mutual benefit for all parties? This conversation will be led by Kim Buehler, Executive Director of the South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA).
Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com
January 24, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

Podcasts are getting more and more listeners from all walks of life. Can you take advantage of their popularity at your nonprofit? In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use podcasts to increase engagement and spread your organization's message.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

ESCC is recruiting a Communications Intern to provide communications support to projects that ESCC coordinates such as the Seniors Information Phone Line, Connecting Edmonton Seniors, and Seniors Home Supports Program.

The intern will write stories for blogs, newsletters and newspapers, create a variety of print and digital promotional material, and develop a plan to share information with stakeholders.

Full-time or part-time post-secondary students are eligible for the $1000 internship through the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP). If you know a full-time or part-time post-secondary student who wants to get experience and samples they can include in a portfolio have them apply at
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre

The understanding of seniors' needs and interests are essential. Previous experience in program planning and implementation, volunteer coordination and supervision are an advantage. Position duties include (but are not limited to):
  • Planning, implementing, controlling and evaluating projects
  • Volunteer recruitment, evaluation and retention
  • Supervising the centre's transportation program
  • Preparation of the monthly newsletter and other advertising material
  • Updating the website as needed
Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions and apply before January 24.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
Operation Friendship Seniors Society

Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS) is celebrating 50 Years of Excellence serving Edmonton's inner-city seniors to improve quality of life. They invite you to join in celebrations planned during the year. Review the event calendar and contact OFSS for more details. Email info@ofss.org or phone 780-429-2626.
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free but small change donations are welcome

Enjoy coffee and snacks at these weekly events. It's a great opportunity to get out and meet friends old and new and chase those winter blues away. Mark your calendar for the Robbie Burns Celebration event on January 22. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
January 17, 6:30 p.m.

Paint along with your instructor as she leads you in creating your own masterpiece. All of the supplies you will need are included. Please dress in clothes you are comfortable in and don't mind getting dirty. No experience is necessary.

Light snacks provided. Wine and beer available for purchase. Ages 18+. First come first served. Limited to 16 seats. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
January 22, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Learn where most falls occur, how to prevent falls using some common-sense techniques, different funding options that are available, and how to access various funding programs. Pre-registration is required. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
January 26, 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $80/team ($20/person) and includes lunch

How many flags can your team of four win? How well will you defend your flags? Pre-register your team by calling Louise at 780-222-6208 by January 19.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
January 30, 12 - 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

Enjoy a good meal with great company. The luncheon features sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, beef with broccoli, shrimp and mixed vegetables, chow mein, veggie fried rice, Shanghai noodles, pork dumplings, and fortune cookies.

Registration and payment are due by January 25. The proceeds from the 50/50 raffles and alcohol sales support SWESA programs.
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
January 30 - February 27
Members: $15 per lecture or $75 for the series. Non-members: $20 per lecture or $85 for the series.

Sign up for these interesting lectures:

January 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Opera, Hansel & Gretel by Professor Morris Maduro.

February 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Is Happiness Happening? by Dr. David Wangler.

February 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Honourable Paula Simons will deliver her first lecture as a Senator to our members.

February 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
No Room at the University When Your Grandchild Applies? by Mr. Michael Phair.

February 27, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Plastics: Blessing or Curse? by Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour.

February 27, 1-3 p.m.
Political Scan by The Honourable Anne McLellan.

Review the poster for more information on each lecture. RSVP with payment by January 21. Email jdic@shaw.ca or phone 780-488-4241 for additional information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
North West Edmonton Seniors Society

Do you love to help seniors and have a knack for taxes? Are you friendly and approachable? 

NWESS is looking for a few volunteers to help individuals complete their Income Tax forms for Canada Revenue. The ideal candidate would have the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program experience, CRA training credentials, banking, bookkeeping, accounting, a financial background of any kind, benefits, deductions and use of computer to EFILE taxes.

NWESS has two dates in March and April that they will be holding tax clinics.
Contact Cassaundra at 780-451-1925 or voluncal@telus.net if you are interested. Only selected volunteers will be contacted. Please apply by January 25, 2019.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)

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