January 11, 2018
Seniors Sector News

HELPING SENIORS MAKE THE BEST CONNECTION

Most people are familiar with 911 but may not be familiar with other important phone numbers such as 211 and 811. 

ESCC has developed a resource that helps seniors connect with the appropriate service for their needs.

Print copies of the postcard (5.5 x 8.5 inches) can be picked up at the ESCC office at #255 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre (8330 82 Avenue) or you can download a PDF copy (8.5 x 11 inches). 

Contact Janelle at 780-423-5635 ext. 1 for more information.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
2018 CANADA SUMMER JOBS

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30. The application deadline is February 2, 2018. 

The Government of Canada is hosting teleconferences information sessions on January 12, 16, 19, 23, 25, 30 and 31 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Mountain). To register, email W-T-CSPD-SCEP-CSJ-EEC-AB-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca with the following information: date of session, your name, your organization, telephone number, email address, and anticipated number of organizations to attend the session.
STEP 2018

The Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) provides a wage subsidy for eligible employers to hire high school or post-secondary students to work 4-16-week summer jobs from May to August. A standardized wage subsidy of $7/hour to a maximum of 37.5 hours/week will be provided to approved applicants. The application deadline is February 9, 2018.

The Government of Alberta is hosting information sessions on January 12 at 10 a.m., January 17 at 2 p.m., January 24 at 2 p.m. and February 1 at 10 a.m.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Professional Development
FACEBOOK LIVE BEST PRACTICES FOR NONPROFITS
Firespring
January 17, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

In this webinar, learn everything you need to know about Facebook Live for your nonprofit organization including:
  • 12 tips for getting started
  • Best practices for connecting with donors
  • How to boost donations using Facebook Live
10 STEPS TO SCREENING
Volunteer Alberta
February 6, 10-11 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

Implementing effective screening processes in your nonprofit can be a daunting task. If you are brand new to the process of volunteer screening, this webinar is a great introductory overview. This webinar includes pre-recorded video and a live Q&A with Volunteer Alberta staff. The webinar will provide an overview of:
  • Important steps in the screening process
  • Planning and implementing the important steps of the hiring process
  • Ways to scale these steps for your organization
2018 CANADIAN FALLS PREVENTION CONFERENCE: TAKING ACTION TOGETHER
June 11-12
St. John's, Newfoundland

The conference brings together experts from across Canada and around the world to share clinical advances, research excellence and policy innovations in falls prevention. 
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
HAPPINESS BASICS
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
Jan. 11, 18, and 25, and Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Free

This program presented by the Primary Care Network is based on positive psychology that teaches participants new skills to influence their present and future choices and empower them to live a happier life. This is a drop-in program and everyone is welcome to attend. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
BANNOCK MAKING CLASS
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
January 13, 1 - 4 p.m.
Free for members; $5 for non-members

An Elder will teach you how to make your own bannock to take home. There will be wild meat available to try with the Elder's bannock. Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, baking, conversation and a cook-it-yourself traditional aboriginal recipe. Call 587-525-8969 ext. 3 for more information. Use the main entrance on the west side of the building.
YMCA COMMUNITY HEALTH CHALLENGE WORKSHOPS
Don Wheaton Family YMCA (10211 102 Ave.)
Free

As part of the YMCA's Community Health Challenge, they are offering four workshops open to the public:
  • January 20, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Getting Started - How to start your journey to better health: Every journey begins with a single step. Learn how to get started. A special group fitness class will be available after the workshop.
  • January 31, 6 - 7 p.m. The Physiology and Psychology of Stress with Dr. Lynne Honey: Much of our experience of stress is physical, and all aspects of health and wellbeing are affected by the stress we experience. From minor annoyances to extreme trauma, the same processes are involved. In this session, you will learn how your brain and other organs work together in an attempt to keep you safe. Understanding how various events and experiences can affect your stress levels can help you to make good choices, and manage all the stressors that you can't avoid.
  • February 21, 6 - 7 p.m. Physical Limitations to Healthy Living: Learn how to modify your workouts when you face physical challenges and about modified activities to keep you active.
  • March 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nutrition - presented by WeightWatchers: Learn how to fit healthy eating into your lifestyle.
Participants can enjoy complimentary access to the YMCA after the workshop, complimentary 3-hour underground heated parking, and complimentary childminding. Call 780-969-8944 to register for childminding. 
HAWAIIAN LUNCH
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
January 23, 12 p.m.
$15 (includes lunch and entertainment)

Join JSCC for a warmilicious Hawaiian lunch. Entertainment will be provided by ukulele player Grant Peuramaki. Wear your finest Hawaiian floral shirt, beautiful sun dress and sun hats. Come prepared to relax and have fun. Aloha! Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
CARD MAKING WORKSHOP
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
January 23
$15

It's time to get crafty! Learn ways to make an assortment of greeting cards for any occasion using your personal touch. Please bring your own pair of scissors. The rest of the supplies are included in the price.
Register in advance at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
CUPPA CORNER
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Need a place to hang out, read, or visit with others? Drop in to Cuppa Corner on Tuesdays. 

On January 23, celebrate Robbie Burns at Cuppa Corner. Coffee, tea and Scottish treats will be available (silver collection). Ela Euro Catering will be serving a Scottish lunch special. CLSA staff member Rhiannon will be showcasing Highland Dance at 11:30 a.m. and a pick-a-prize raffle draw will be held at 12:30 p.m. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
FIRST NATIONS VETERANS CELEBRATION
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Free

This event is a part of MWSA's Truth & Reconciliation series. The ceremony will honour the 7000 Canadian First Nations war veterans who served in World I and II and Korean wars. Please RSVP. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
UKRAINIAN DINNER
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
January 25, 5:30 p.m.
$15

Enjoy a Ukrainian meal, entertainment, cash bar and 50/50 raffle. Tickets on sale until January 23 at noon if not sold out. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
INTERGENERATIONAL BOARD GAMES AND LITERARY NIGHT
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
February 2, 5 - 9 p.m.
Free

Everyone is welcome and there are lots of board games or card games to choose from. Read a piece of your own work or read an excerpt from a favourite author. Snacks are available and prices vary. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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