January 17, 2019
Resources
A GUIDE TO MOBILITY AND INDEPENDENCE

The Medically At-Risk Driver Centre has released the 9th edition of the Guide to Mobility and Independence. The guide contains information on essential services such as meal delivery and grocery shopping, aids to daily living, home care, support groups, and transportation providers. The majority of organizations have a focus on seniors, offer in-home services, or offer seniors a discount towards their services. 

The guide is available in PDF and print formats at no cost to individuals and organizations. Print copies can be ordered from Medically At-Risk Driver Centre at 780-492-6273 or mard@ualberta.ca. The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council also has copies of the print version you can pick up.
PROFILING THE NONPROFIT/VOLUNTARY SECTOR IN ALBERTA

This discussion paper on the value and contribution of the non-profit/ voluntary sector is meant to be a starting point for conversations about the role of the sector in Alberta. It describes the cultural, economic, social and political impact of the sector and examines the relationship between the government and the sector.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
ENGAGE, ASSESS, TREAT: STRATEGIES FOR THE AGING NETWORK TO ADDRESS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
National Council on Aging
January 22, 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Depression and anxiety are not a normal part of aging and may impact older adult's ability to complete daily activities and enjoy time with friends and family. Join this webinar for a discussion of strategies for the aging network to get involved in talking to older adults about mental health, screening individuals for anxiety and depression, and options for providing or referring individuals to treatment. Best practices and lessons learned will be shared from two initiatives focused on providing mental health services through senior centers.
GENDER MATTERS: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO GROW WOMEN'S PHILANTHROPY
Donor Search
January 24, 1 - 2 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

Research shows women give differently. What are the practices, behaviors and processes to adapt so we engage women donors in ways that acknowledge their preferences? This webinar will provide examples of how to translate the research into adapted fundraising behaviors. 
3 STEPS TO EFFECTIVE STORYTELLING TO GROW YOUR MEMBERSHIPS
Wild Apricot
January 29, 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Are you finding it a challenge to grow your membership? For many organizations, the culprit is not telling the right stories to motivate your target audience. If you want to learn how some of the most successful membership organizations use strategic storytelling to attract and engage members, join this webinar. The webinar will show you:
  • Why storytelling is important to grow your membership program
  • The 5 key ingredients of effective storytelling
  • 3 ways to use storytelling to attract new members
HOW SAVVY MARKETING TRANSLATES TO MORE DONATIONS
bloomerang
February 6, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Without great marketing, it is difficult for donors - and prospects - to feel connected to your work. This webinar will show you what savvy nonprofit marketers do to build engagement and turn it into action:
  • What you have to do first to make all your marketing more effective
  • How to create a manageable year-round plan
  • Tactics that really work without adding more work
  • Why eliminating mail may be a big mistake
GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR HIRING AND TRAINING STAFF
Charity Village
February 7, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Need help figuring out what government funding is available to you to hire and train staff at your nonprofit or charity? Learn how to develop your workforce with government funding with this webinar:
  • Explore the government funding landscape and key funding elements
  • Discover wage subsidies for hiring interns, summer students, and recent graduates
  • Learn how to access training grants to bridge skill gaps and develop employees
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
ASSESSMENT, HOUSING AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

Sage is currently accepting applications from Registered Social Workers or able to be registered with ACSW, with experience providing outreach, case-finding and follow-up services addressing the social and emotional needs of older adults through assessment, support, connecting to resources, and system navigation. 

This position assists the older adult in becoming familiar with housing options and works closely with all other internal programs. The Coordinator will work to locate vulnerable individuals who are experiencing isolation, offer support to access resources and help navigating systems that might appear as road blocks to connecting and receiving necessary basic living supports.

The position is a full time (35 hours/week) temporary job opportunity until December 2019. Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
LUNAR NEW YEAR EVENTS

Check out this event calendar that lists a variety of events planned to celebrate Lunar New Year such as:

Tet Lunar New Year Festival
January 19, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Shaw Conference Centre

Edmonton Lunar Night Market
January 19, 7 p.m. at Shaw Conference Centre 

Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association Lunar New Year Event
January 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Bonnie Doon Mall

Chinese Community Ice Carving
January 27 - 29 at the Royal Alberta Museum

Chinese New Year Carnival
February 2 and 3 at the Chinese Catholic Parish (10140 119 St.)
COMMUNITY SWING & SKATE SATURDAYS
Edmonton Arts Council

Enjoy some cool winter fun! Go ice skating with free skate rentals or enjoy live music and dance lessons with Sugar Swing Ballroom. The  events are free and for all ages. Everyone is welcome; you do not need to be a member of the host neighbourhood/community league to attend. Concession available. All events are 12 - 4 p.m.

January 19: Belmead Community Hall, Dave Babcock and his Jump Orchestra
January 26: Laurier Heights Community Hall, Don Berner Big Band
February 2: Spruce Avenue Community Hall, Cosmopolitan Jazz Orchestra
February 16: Delton Community Hall, Littlebirds Jazz Band
SENIORS GOT TALENT
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 25, 5 - 10 p.m.
$20 (dinner and show)

Celebrate the incredible talent in our seniors community with a night of live entertainment and local celebrity judges as MWSA hosts a talent show and competition. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
LUNCH & A SHOW
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 St.)
January 25, 12 p.m.
$10

Your ticket includes a hamburger, nachos and cheese, popcorn, a treat and drink. Get your tickets before January 21. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
WINTER SOCK HOP SATURDAY
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
January 26, doors 6:30 p.m., dance 7 - 11 p.m.
Tickets in advance $12 or $14 at the door (if not sold out)

Dee-jay Marty Enokson returns to spin the best dance music of the 50s, 60s, and even a little 70s. Be prepared to move it and shake it! There will also be door prizes, a 50/50 Draw and a cash bar. Advance tickets available at the SEESA Front Desk. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
IDENTIFY THEFT AND FRAUD PREVENTION WORKSHOP
United Way Financial Pathways Collaborative
February 7, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Londonderry Library Branch (Londonderry Mall, 13717 70 St.)
Free

Worried about being the victim of fraud? This workshop in the Each One, Teach One Series will share basic information about:
  • Steps you can take to increase your fraud and identify theft awareness
  • How to guard your financial information
  • How to protect your computer
Registrations for the workshop are preferred, but drop-ins are also welcome.
VALENTINE'S TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
February 8, 2 - 4 p.m.
$5/person

Enjoy refreshments and entertainment by C.K & Sharon. Tickets on sale until February 2. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
EVENING DELIVERY SHIFTS
Edmonton Meals on Wheels

If you can spare some time between 4 and 7 p.m. on weekday evenings, Meals on Wheels could use your help picking up frozen meals as well as groceries from our office in Oliver. This is a great way to get involved and help deliver food to those who need it. If you are interested, visit www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org or call 780-429-2020.
RESPIRATORY RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS

The Boliek Speech Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta is looking for research participants. They are studying how two weeks of respiratory muscle training can improve how your breathing muscles work and how this exercise impacts breathing and speaking abilities.

They are looking for healthy adults ages 60 to 80 years who are native speakers of English. The study involves coming to the lab for two 2-hour sessions and completing forty 30-minute training sessions at home. Contact Alesha at cblab@ualberta.ca or 780-492-7256 for more information.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

Link Letter includes new items each week.  If you're looking for content that was included in a previous issue of Link Letter, refer to the ESCC website:

Submissions for Link Letter can be sent to memberservices@seniorscouncil.net.  Review our submission guidelines for more information.