January 16, 2020
Seniors Sector News
PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION: APPROACH TO SENIORS SERVICES
City of Edmonton

The City of Edmonton wants to ensure access to diverse and inclusive programs and services to support healthy aging for all Edmontonians. Lend your voice to this important conversation and help inform the future of senior services in Edmonton.

This public engagement will focus on an assessment of the current state of programs, services and activities; clarification on the City of Edmonton's role, and identification of future enhancements to supporting healthy aging.

To RSVP, call 780-496-5805 or email lynda.leederpaull@edmonton.ca by January 23. Learn more about the Approach to Seniors Services.

Session One: January 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Igloo Room, Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (11000 Stadium Road)

Session Two: January 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: 2nd floor, Mill Woods Seniors and Multicultural Centre (2610 Hewes Way)

Session Three: January 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Igloo Room, Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (11000 Stadium Road)
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Grants and Awards
APPLY FOR A PARTICIPACTION COMMUNITY BETTER CHALLENGE GRANT
ParticipACTION
Webinar: January 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To incentivize active communities, ParticipACTION has created a series of micro grants of up to $1000 per grant recipient. This webinar will tell you all you need to know about putting together a great application, what makes a strong application, and information about grant recipient expectations. Grant applications will be accepted between January 27 and February 28. 
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Learning Opportunities
END-OF-LIFE INTERVENTIONS FOR PALLIATIVE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR FAMILIES
University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
February 10-March 8
$240 regular; $120 students

This online workshop is a great learning opportunity for healthcare professionals. In this workshop, you will explore thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions about dying and death and gain an awareness of how assumptions impact how we work with people at end of life. To avoid disappointment, register by February 3. Note that this workshop will be offered only if there is sufficient enrolment.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 
CCVO
February 13, 12-1 p.m.

Conflict is all around us. How we deal with it shows our ability to lead and manage others. Conflict can be healthy, but too much can lead to poor morale, turnover, and can be costly to an organization. By dealing effectively with conflict, organizations can be more productive and efficient, with happier employees. Join this webinar to learn more.
THE COURAGE TO LEAD
The Tamarack Institute
February 18, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)

A personal leadership journey often takes several expected and unexpected twists and turns. It calls for the leader to be engaged in reflective thinking and practice. When we work collaboratively with others, our personal leadership values and approaches may be challenged. This webinar will provide tips to help you build the courage that it takes to step into a leadership role, particularly when faced with difficult life circumstances.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
CONCERTS IN CARE
CapitalCare, Alzheimer's Society Alberta North, and Health Arts Society of Alberta
2 p.m. on various dates
Location: CapitalCare Lynwood and CapitalCare Strathcona
$5 per concert

This concert series allows people living with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy classic symphony music in a supportive environment. Community members are invited to join CapitalCare residents for the concerts and for programming afterward. The post-concert programming supports dementia-style interaction as well as caregiver support.

CapitalCare Lynnwood: January 22, March 18, August 12, September 2 and November 4
Capital Care Strathcona: January 29, March 20, August 19, September 11 and November 13

To register call 780-448-2413 or email ccfoundation@capitalcare.net.
ACRYLICS MIXED MEDIA
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
January 24-February 14
$68 members; $104 non-members + $3-5 supply fee

Experiment with colours, textures, materials, and a touch of creative magic while learning about stencils, gel, crackle and moulding paste mediums, and more. Participants are also asked to bring three wood blocks measuring 5"x5". Call 780-496-7369 for more information. 
NIGHT WITH A PSYCHIC MEDIUM
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 28; 7-9 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
$15

Curious about what awaits us in the afterlife? Get spiritual in this entertaining psychic session and receive messages from "the other side". Seating is not assigned and is first come, first serve. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
BUS TRIP: LOVE, SEX AND THE IRS AT THE MANLUK THEATRE 
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
February 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$85 members; $115 non-members

Enjoy brunch followed by a play telling the story of Jon and Leslie, two out-of-work musicians who go toe-to-toe with the IRS after Jon's money-saving tax evasion scheme backfires. Roundtrip transportation from the Blue Quill Community League (11304 25 Avenue) is included. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
TOONIE TALKS: REAL ESTATE LAW AND SELLING YOUR HOME
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
February 3, 1:30 p.m.
$2

Downsizing? Selling your home? This informative Toonie Talk will cover everything you need to know before listing. Review a residential real estate sales contract and learn about important considerations, whether you are just thinking about selling your home or it is already on the market. Call 780-483-1209 or go online for more information. 
ART CHAIR TRAVELS: PARIS, THE CITY OF LOVE
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
February 4, 10 a.m.
Free

Take your imagination on a wild adventure across the globe from the comfort of a cozy armchair. Join Edmonton Public Library staff to watch videos and talk about past and current customs from the world's most romantic city. Using a green screen and a bit of production magic, EPL staff will take a photo of you in Paris! All are welcome. Sign up at NWESS or by calling 780-451-1925.
BRAIN FITNESS CLASSES
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays and Fridays, February 10-March 9, 1-2:30 p.m.
$29

Computer games aren't just for the kids anymore! They're a fun way to keep your brain in shape to help you remember more, think faster, and develop better recall. No previous computer experience is necessary. As an added bonus, classes include brain health discussions, tips, and snacks. Pre-register in person or by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301. 
LUNCH AND A PROGRAM: ENRICHING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF ALBERTA'S BLACK SETTLERS
Petrolia Seniors Group (55+)
February 18, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Greenfield Community Hall (3803 114 Street)
$18

February is Black History Month and a great time to reflect on the significant contributions of Alberta's Black settlers and learn more about our province's diverse ethnocultural composition. To confirm your attendance or for more information, call Nick at 780-435-1045 or Betty at 780-434-0711.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
WOMEN'S ADVOCACY VOICE OF EDMONTON COMMITTEE (WAVE)
City of Edmonton

WAVE is recruiting up to six positions to make recommendations to City Council about women's gender-based issues. Applicants should have a strong interest in issues that affect women, excellent analytical abilities, and the ability to commit to approximately 8 to 10 hours each month. Applicants are required to complete the online application and attach a current resume plus three written letters of reference. View the full recruitment profile for more information and apply online by February 2. 
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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