January 18, 2018
Resources
OLDER CANADIANS ON THE MOVE: THE EXPERT PANEL ON THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF AN AGING POPULATION

Older Canadians on the Move examines how the Canadian transportation system meets the needs of an aging population and how technology and innovation can improve accessibility for older adults. Unlike other reports that focus on disability, this report examines the transportation needs that accompany normal changes associated with aging and focuses on older adults in general, rather than specific chronological ages or disabilities. The expert panel used a door-through-door approach when examining the issues, focusing on integrated seamless movement across the transportation network that would benefit everyone, regardless of background, age, or ability.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
IS CONSULTING YOUR NEXT CALLING?
GrantSpace
January 30, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

As the nonprofit sector moves toward increased levels of outsourcing, many nonprofit professionals consider a career in consulting. If you are thinking about consulting part-time, full-time or sometime in the future, join two veterans in this field as they guide participants through the crucial questions to ask. After this webinar you will:
  • Understand and capitalize on your motivations for consulting
  • Recognize the most important traits consultants possess
  • Identify the four major components of a consultant's work
  • Review the five critical skills for consulting success (you already have two of them!)
  • Chart your professional development steps prior to setting up shop
HOW TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE, INSPIRE ACTION, AND CREATE CHANGE FOR YOUR CAUSE: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ADVOCACY
CharityHowTo
January 31, 3 p.m. (Mountain)
$77

Is your nonprofit's mission connected to a specific cause or issue? Do you want to learn how to influence decision-makers and inspire action to benefit your nonprofit? Do you want to create real and lasting change? In this webinar you will learn:
  • What is advocacy and how it can help your small or large nonprofit organization
  • How to develop an advocacy strategy
  • How to engage and influence decision-makers
  • How to write op-eds and letters to the editor to further your cause
  • How to use social media in your advocacy campaign
  • How to use useful advocacy tools and resources
  • How to get the most out of your advocacy campaigns and grow your network
  • How to measure success
HOW MUCH SHOULD MY NONPROFIT TARGET FOR RESERVES?
Board Source
February 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$75

Keeping reserves for a "rainy day" is a good practice for all nonprofit institutions, but how much should your organization set aside? This webinar will focus on how to conduct a risk assessment that will help your nonprofit quantify its financial risks and opportunities and then find an appropriate reserve level.
CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE 2018: THINKING DIFFERENTLY, TOGETHER.
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
April 11
Mount Royal University, Calgary

The 2018 Connections Conference builds on CCVO's research on adaptive capacity in the nonprofit sector, and brings together professionals from Alberta's nonprofit, government, and business sectors to continue the conversation and explore new ways to work together. Hear from thought leaders who will stretch your thinking. Make valuable new connections across sectors. Be inspired to create positive change by thinking differently about how to lead, collaborate, innovate, and more.
BYLAWS LAB
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

Is your organization looking to update its bylaws to stay current in an evolving non-profit sector?

In Spring 2018, ECVO is partnering with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to deliver an interactive Bylaws Lab with non-profits registered under the Societies Act. Representatives from Edmonton non-profits will gather for four workshops to learn best practices of updating bylaws while working through updating their own. The Lab dates are to be determined, but will likely be held in late-Q1 2018. Sign up to receive more information.
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
RIVER CREE BUS TRIP
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
January 22, bus leaves at 10:45 a.m.

$5 includes lunch (not beverages) and $5 to start. Only 24 seats are available so book early. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
CASH BINGO
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
January 24, 1 - 4 p.m.

$1 per card with a 6-card minimum. Full-card Bonanza $1 for a 3 strip. Tea and coffee are free. $1 for pop, water and chips. $2 for sandwiches. Call 587-525-8969 for more information.
SENIORS GOT TALENT
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 26, 5-10 p.m.
$15 which includes dinner and show

Join MWSA for this talent show and competition showcasing seniors 55+ and their special talents (e.g. dancers, singers, comedians, etc.). Doors at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
WINTER WONDERLAND DANCE & 40TH ANNIVERSARY LAUNCH
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
January 26, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Free

Not only is it a new year but it is also a chance to kick off WSAC's 40th anniversary year. Join them for cake, a special ribbon cutting ceremony, and an afternoon dance and social. The live band is known as the Nighthawks and they play electric drums, fiddle, bass guitar, saxophone. RSVP by picking up your ticket at the front desk in advance. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
FASCINATING PEOPLE: A JOURNALIST WITH SEVEN LIVES
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
January 30, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
$5

Presenter Abdulrhaman Al Rasheed has many stories to tell - born in Iraq, a survivor of polio, left for dead, assassination attempt on his life as a journalist, and arrested and imprisoned in Abu Ghraib detention centre with ISIS prisoners. Abdul is proud and grateful to live here in Edmonton. He has three lives left if the adage 'a cat has nine lives' is true. Come hear his story and his passion.

Register online at edmonton.ca/eReg, in-person from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday to Friday or by calling 311. Use barcode 614274. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
VALENTINE'S DAY TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Ave)
February 9, 2 - 4 p.m.
$5

Tickets on sale until February 2. No tickets are available at the door. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
VALENTINE DINNER & DANCE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
February 10
$35

Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. with dance featuring The Romantics to follow. Tickets are available in advance only and must be purchased by noon on Feb. 6. Cash bar. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
BOARD MEMBERS
Mill Woods Seniors Association

MWSA is looking for a few talented people to run for the 2018 Board of Directors. Nomination packages must be picked up in person and are available at the MSWA Front Desk. Completed nomination packages must be returned by February 1. The Nomination Committee will call all nominees and set up interviews in February. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
BOARD MEMBERS
Edmonton Historical Board

The Edmonton Historical Board advises Council on matters relating to City of Edmonton historical issues and civic heritage policies; and encourage, promote, and advocate for the preservation and safeguarding of historical properties, resources, communities, and documentary heritage. The EHB is currently seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on the Board of Directors. Learn more. Submit your application by February 4.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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