January 21, 2016
Seniors Sector News
GREY MATTERS 2016 CALL FOR PRESENTERS

Organizers for the Grey Matters conference invite submissions from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the 2016 conference to be held September 20-21 in Grande Prairie. 

The Planning Committee's vision for this year's conference is Changing Faces. This vision should be reflected in the topic of the presentation. During the selection process, preference will be given to presentations using one or more of the following topics: social inclusion/loneliness, cognition, mental health, memory care, cross cultural care, marginalized seniors, addictions, employment, and demographics. Submissions for poster presentations are also being accepted. 

Send submissions to Janet Schimmel at janet.schimmel@janpat.com by the deadline of March 1.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
PROJECT ACCELERATOR GRANT: WINTER EDITION

Make Something Edmonton will provide a microgrant of up to $2,500 for winter-themed projects that capture the socially-oriented spirit of Make Something Edmonton and make the city more fun, more beautiful, more caring or more engaging in some way. The project must be realized between February 5 and March 18, 2016.

Make Something Edmonton would love to see more seniors involved in projects so consider submitting your idea! The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, but the application process is straightforward so it is easy to apply.
LEADERSHIP INTERNSHIP

The University of Alberta's Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC) is an undergraduate leadership development program that forges leaders through formal and co-curricular learning, engagement, and mentorship. Students complete a 200 hour "Stretch Experience" from May to August which gives them the opportunity to apply their leadership skills as part of an existing project or in a self-directed project that would benefit an organization.

If your organization has an idea for a stretch experience, learn more about what is required to host a stretch experience and submit an application to share your idea with the PLLC.
AGING AND URBANIZATION: PRINCIPLES FOR CREATING SUSTAINABLE, GROWTH-ORIENTED AND AGE-FRIENDLY CITIES

McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute in partnership with the Global Coalition on Aging has released a report that examines the intersection between rapid urbanization and aging populations. The report includes the findings of a survey to determine global attitudes on changing demographics and how cities are addressing them. 
 
The report also outlines a set of principles to advance the creation of self-sustaining cities that support residents of all ages:
  • Infrastructure and transportation that accommodates citizens of all generations
  • Housing that allows residents to age in place
  • Robust community health programs
  • Opportunities for continuing work, education, and recreation for all ages
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
WRITING ACCURATE AND USEFUL VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTIONS
Volunteer Match
February 9, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Pacific)
Free

Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.
HOW EVEN SMALL NONPROFITS CAN RAISE BIG GIFTS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO BUILDING WINNING RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR DONORS
CharityHowTo
February 17, 1 p.m. (MST)
$77

If you want to raise big gifts for your non-profit, it's time to figure out the steps that really work to connect with your donors and prospects to build lasting relationships. In this webinar you will learn:
  • How to create a tailored plan to connect with your top prospects and donors
  • Why spending the majority of your time with the minority of your donors makes sense
  • What to say when you call your donors to schedule a visit
  • How to prepare for a successful visit with a donor
  • How to cultivate donors who don't want to meet in person
MAJOR GIFT BREAKTHROUGH TRAINING
4Good
February 17, 1 p.m. (EDT) / 10 a.m. (PDT)
Free

Regardless of a non-profit's mission or fundraising diversification, if there is no plan in place to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts from individuals, you are leaving vital funds untapped. This webinar looks at major gift best practices focusing on the first steps for getting you organized for this important work. You will learn how to use essential tools such as prospect management databases, gift tables, and detailed metrics for annual outreach.
REACH EDMONTON TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Reach Edmonton is offering a variety of workshops over the next several months:
  • Historic Trauma & Aboriginal Client Services - Feb 3
  • Stories of Survival - March 8
  • Pre-migration Context & the Influence of PTSD in Working with Newcomers - March 22
  • Working with Immigrant & Refugee Communities - April 27
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
SWING 'N' SKATE
City Room at City Hall from 1 - 4 p.m.
Free

Enjoy live swing, jazz and big band music on most Sundays throughout January and February. Each week local bands will be joined by the Sugar Swing Dance Club to help put the boogie-woogie in your step. This free event is open to the public and all who want to jive.  If you'd rather be outdoors, the music will be broadcast directly outside for the enjoyment of ice skaters on City Hall Plaza. Free skate rentals will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
DROP-IN CLASSES
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
$3/class

Strathcona Place 55+ Centre is giving you the opportunity to test out two new programs running January-February.
  • Shivananda yoga: Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Bollyrobics: Wednesdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
MAHJONG (TILE GAME) LESSONS
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays at 1 p.m. starting February 2
$5

A great chance to learn the world's most popular tile game. Mahjong is very similar to gin rummy. Open to everyone. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
VALENTINE TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524-139 Ave)
February 12, 2 - 4 p.m.
$5 per person

Celebrate love and friendship during Heart month at NESA's Valentine Tea Social. All are welcome. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
VALENTINE DINNER & DANCE WITH THE ROMANTICS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 - 82 St.)
February 13
Tickets in advance $35

Cocktails 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. and dance 7:30 - 11 p.m. Tickets available until February 9 at noon if not sold out sooner. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
ESO/WINSPEAR BACKSTAGE TOUR
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Ave)
February 16
$17 (includes light lunch, bus & tip)

Enjoy a backstage tour, lunch and a tour of our beautiful river valley. The bus leaves at 11:30 a.m. and returns approximately 3 p.m. Register by February 5. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
MEMORIES OF BONNIE DOON

The Bonnie Doon Community League is embarking on a short-term history project to gather memories of Bonnie Doon and they are looking for volunteers to:
  • Interview seniors
  • Conduct research in Edmonton-area archives
  • Transcribe recordings
  • Photograph old buildings around the neighbourhood
Patience, good communication, a positive outlook and an interest in the community are essential. Research skills, photography and writing talent are assets. Interviews will be conducted in French or English. 

The volunteer commitment is flexible and will require no more than 25 hours over 3 or 4 months. 

Everyone with an interest in learning more about the project is welcome to attend the Volunteer Workshop on January 30 from 1 - 3 p.m. at La Salle St. Jean, St. Thomas d'Aquin (French) Church, 8410 - 89 Street. For more information contact Margaret Russell at social@bonniedoon.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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