January 31, 2019
Seniors Sector News
CITY OF EDMONTON APPROACH TO SUPPORTING SENIORS' CENTRES 2019

At the January 30 Community and Public Services Committee meeting, the City of Edmonton Approach to Supporting Seniors' Centres 2019 report was presented for information.

The document outlines the City of Edmonton's approach to supporting seniors centres which will replace the Seniors' Centres Plan 2011-2021 following its expiry in 2021.

The approach considers challenges such as sustainability, volunteer capacity, program/service delivery, and metrics as well as opportunities such as inclusion and intergenerational connections. Four strategic directions are outlined:
  • Strategic Direction 1: Update the Current Funding Model
  • Strategic Direction 2: Foster Inclusive, Responsive, Innovative and Measurable Practices
  • Strategic Direction 3: Foster Sustainable and Equitable Services and Programming
  • Strategic Direction 4: Focus on Relationships and Partnerships
The City's administration team committed to two phases of implementation for the Approach to Supporting Seniors' Centres. In phase one they will consult and engage seniors sector stakeholders, including ESCC, in an advisory capacity to determine the best way to implement strategic directions 2, 3 and 4. 

The Committee asked Administration to return with a report of phase one in September of 2020. At that time the City's administration team will be asked for plans for the funding model (strategic direction 1), which would comprise phase two of the roll out of the approach.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
DIGITAL STORYTELLING: UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL MEDIA AND VISUAL STORYTELLING TOOLS FOR NONPROFITS

Explore how digital storytelling through visuals, videos, and live stories can amplify and better communicate your nonprofit story with this webinar recording, slide deck, and additional resources.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
HOW TO SELL TICKETS AND FILL SEATS AT YOUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS
CharityHowTo
February 5, 1 p.m. or February 13, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
$89

Selling tickets and promoting your event can be tricky. How can you utilize social media to build a buzz and create excitement? How do you leverage your brand's good will to bring people to your event? How do you get your board and committee to purchase tables and fill seats? This webinar will take you step-by-step through the process of putting together a successful marketing plan and how to implement it using your organization's resources.
AGE-FRIENDLY HOUSING: PROMOTING HEALTHY SPACES FOR ALL AGES
International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and World Health Organization (WHO)
February 8, 11 a.m. (Eastern)
Free

The idea of age-friendly environments is a global emerging trend attracting the interest of all levels of governments, industry, NGOs and academia. This webinar will discuss:
  • The broader public health impact of housing on health;
  • The WHO housing and health guidelines (2018)
  • Innovative housing options as a key aspect of age-friendly environments
  • Good practices in age-friendly housing from winners of the WHO / Grantmakers in Aging Innovation@Home contest.
STRENGTHS, WELLNESS, AND SOCIAL TIES: BUILDING SUPPORTS FOR DIVERSE SENIOR WOMEN
The Indo-Canadian Women's Association
February 9, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Mill Woods Senior and Multicultural Centre (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Free

This multicultural seniors seminar will feature speakers and a panel discussion. Refreshments will be served. Register via email at info@icwaedmonton.org or by phone at 780-490-0477.
CREATING SAFER STREETS FOR ALL
America Walks
February 13, 12 - 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

Pedestrian safety is a critical part of planning for healthy, active, and engaged communities. America Walks believes that a safe systems approach and built environment interventions are important to achieving fewer pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Learn about resources and ideas to improve safety with this webinar.
HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO RAISE MONEY ONLINE
Nonprofit Tech for Good
February 19, 1 - 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will show small nonprofits on a limited budget how to leverage social media accounts to raise money and strengthen relationships with donors so they give again. Topics discussed include:
  • Current trends in the social media landscape that nonprofits need to understand
  • How to choose the correct social media platforms for your small nonprofit
  • How to build up momentum on social media to launch a successful social media fundraising campaign
  • Tips and examples of simple ways to use the major platforms
A SELF-CARE STARTER KIT: AN ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL TOOL FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS
REACH Edmonton
February 25, 12:30 - 4 p.m.
Location: Green & Gold Room, Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (11000 Stadium Road)
$35-45

Working with individuals, families and communities in any capacity is rewarding work for all types of service providers, however, supporting survivors of trauma, violence and abuse comes with a host of challenges that can deplete internal resources of those in the front-line caring professions. 

This workshop will cover understanding impacts of burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma and the importance of engaging in self-care strategies are essential coping mechanisms.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 St.)
February 3, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$6 per plate

Enjoy a delicious breakfast made fresh for you and your family and leave the cooking and cleaning to NWESS. Everyone is welcome to attend. Breakfast includes three pancakes, two sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage. Get your tickets at the door. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$8 NESA members / $11 non-members at the door

Dance to a live band at NESA on Wednesday nights. The February roster is:
  • Feb. 6: Chwill Brothers
  • Feb. 13: Ghost Riders
  • Feb. 20: Diamonds
  • Feb. 27: Convertibles
Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
MIGRAINES/HEADACHES
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
February 8, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

This session will cover:
  • migraines vs. headaches
  • new research on migraines/headaches
  • what you can do today to better track your headaches/migraines
  • Nucca upper cervical care
Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
VALENTINE'S DINNER & DANCE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
February 9, 5:30 p.m.
$35/person, tickets in advance only

This dance will feature the music of The Romantics. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
DENTAL PEARLS: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE EVERYDAY PATIENT
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
February 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
$2

Learn tips, tricks, helpful advice and myths regarding dentistry, oral health and maintenance. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
CUPPA CORNER
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free but small change donations are welcome

Enjoy coffee and snacks at these weekly events. It's a great opportunity to get out and meet friends old and new and chase those winter blues away. Mark your calendar for the Valentine's Sweets event on February 12. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
CHINESE NEW YEAR PIG ROAST DINNER
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
February 15, 5 - 9:30 p.m.
$25

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with live entertainment, activities, 50/50 raffle, and more. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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