January 26, 2017
Grants and Awards
SUMMER TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (STEP)

STEP is back for 2017 and will provide grants to subsidize student wages by $7 per hour. Summer jobs can be from 4 to 16 weeks and must take place between May 1 and August 31, 2017. STEP applications will be accepted until February 24, 2017.

Review the applicant guidelines and download forms.
Attend a webinar to find out about STEP eligibility and the application process, and participate in a question and answer period. Webinars are offered from January 25 to February 21.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
SENATE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A NATIONAL DEMENTIA STRATEGY

The Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities report prepared by the Senate of Canada Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology makes 29 recommendations aimed at ensuring the growing number of Canadians with dementia will be supported.
ORCHESTRA BOREALIS: SPECIAL OFFER FOR SENIORS GROUPS

As part of the orchestra's community outreach initiative, seniors are invited to attend the February and April concerts at a reduced rate of only $5. (Seniors must present one of the coupons to receive the special rate. February offer;  April offer.) 

The orchestra is also extending an offer to organizers who bring groups of seniors to the concert.  They are providing complimentary admission for a bus driver, coordinator and any support staff in attendance. If you would like to take a group to the concert, contact Adam Franzke at adam.franzke@gmail.com or 587-982-2326, to coordinate payment and ensure a smooth arrival at the concert. 
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
INSTRAGRAM FOR NONPROFITS
CharityHowTo
January 31, 11 a.m. (Mountain) and February 7, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
$75

Instagram is growing rapidly, yet, only a few nonprofits include Instagram in their social media strategy. This webinar will walk you through the steps required to create a dynamic presence on Instagram, actionable ways to use it to promote your online fundraising campaigns, and the best types of content to post to increase awareness, raise money, and build an engaged following on Instagram.
WRITING ACCURATE AND USEFUL VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTIONS
Volunteer Match
February 9, 11 a.m. (Pacific)
Free

A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked. 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. You'll also 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.
OPTIMIZING THE BOARD/STAFF PARTNERSHIP
Board Source
February 14, 11 a.m. (Eastern)
$35

Teamwork makes the dream work, but what happens when there is an imbalance of power, a lack of meaningful collaboration, and unclear goals driving an organization's work? This webinar explores the unique partnership between and among board members and with the executive leader, offers structural and relational recommendations for optimizing performance that hinges on shared responsibility for collective results, and demystifies the shades of gray that must be skillfully navigated to become a high-performing board working in partnership with the executive leader. Suggestions for board committee structure, communications and decision-making protocols, and a relational leadership framework will be discussed.
ALIGNING YOUR NONPROFIT'S VALUES, CULTURES AND WAY FORWARD
Grantspace 
February 16, 1:30 - 3 p.m. (Eastern) 
$60

How a nonprofit interprets its mission has lasting impacts on its stakeholders, from clients to volunteers to staff. It is important for nonprofits to interpret their missions with input from their stakeholders, in order to ensure that everyone understands their role within the organization and clients feel confident that services are framed around their needs. Join this webinar to:
  • Understand how your mission informs your organization's values and culture
  • Connect the dots between your organization's values and activities
  • Identify strategies for engaging stakeholders in mission activities
RESPONSIVE BEHAVIOURS: COMMUNICATION TOOLS TO ENHANCE CARE
Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research (ICCER)
February 23, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Room 2-140 or via videoconference
In-person: free for staff, faculty, and students of ICCER member organizations, $50 for non-members
Videoconference: free

Communication, both verbal and non-verbal, is critical when caring for people with dementia and other complex conditions. This symposium will explore approaches to communicating with individuals with responsive behaviours and other communication barriers. ICCER wants to help support person and family-centred care by encouraging a mindful approach to communication. Participants will take away at least 2-3 easily implementable ideas for improving their communication with residents/family members.
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
WINDOWS 10 WORKSHOP
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
January 31, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
$14
 
Go back to the start with a review of the new operating system and what makes this new system different. Students will be introduced to Cortana (Microsoft's digital assistant) and Microsoft Edge. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Dance 7-10 p.m.
$7/member or $10/non-member

Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise. The February roster of musicians is: Feb. 1 (Back Street Affair), Feb. 8 (Chwill Brother), Feb. 15 (Satellites), and Feb. 22 (Sparkling Tones). Dinner before the dance is also available. Dinners must be ordered by phoning 780-406-0840 by Monday prior to the Wednesday of the dinner.
INTERGENERATIONAL BOARD GAMES NIGHT
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
February 3, 5 p.m.
Free

Come play board games. Open to seniors, youth, or anyone who loves to have fun and laugh. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
LOWER YOUR TAXES
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association 
February 8, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
Location: Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre 
$2

Ensure you are informed and prepared for the upcoming tax season. Participate in this session to discuss the ins and outs of income splitting for retired or nearly retired couples as well as other helpful hints on how to lower taxes.  
MARDI GRAS 'FUN' RAISER
Capital Care Grandview (6215 124 Street)
February 11, 7:30 p.m.
$50

Enjoy New Orleans style food, Mardi Gras activities, silent auction, cash bar and live music of the south.

This event is in support of music programming and enhancements at Capital Care Grandview. Tickets are available at Capital Care Grandview reception, by contacting 780-496-7100 or emailing ccfoundation@capitalcare.net.
ORCHESTRA BOREALIS: SPECIAL OFFER FOR SENIORS
Concerts on February 12 and April 9, 3 p.m.
Location: South Pointe Community Centre (11520 Ellerslie Road)

Orchestra Borealis is a 60-piece volunteer orchestra which performs large-scale classical works by well-known composers and contemporary pieces by Canadian composers.

Standard ticket prices for seniors are $12, but as part of the orchestra's community outreach initiative seniors are invited to attend the February and April concerts at a reduced rate of only $5. Present one of the coupons to receive the special rate ( February offer; April offer). Seniors are welcome to attend on their own or with family.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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