January 5, 2017
Grants and Awards
SAGE AWARDS

Do you know an outstanding senior in your community? 
Nominate a senior for a Sage Award in one of the following categories: Arts & Culture, Community Building, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Public & Non-Profit, Science & Technology, Social Justice & Peace, Sport & Leisure, or Transportation. 

Nominations are open now and close February 20. More information is available in the nomination booklet and poster. Nominees and award recipients will be honoured at the 11th Annual Sage Awards Luncheon to be held on May 10. 

For more information, phone 780-701-9017 or email jlparenteau@MySage.ca.
ALBERTA CANADA 150 GRANT
Alberta Culture and Tourism's Community Initiatives Program

On July 1, 2017, Canada will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada 150 presents a unique opportunity for Albertans to join in the national celebration as Canadians recognize this national milestone and anticipate our future together.

Nonprofit organizations can apply for a maximum of $25,000 per project with a $150 cash match. The first intake to accept applications will be January 15, 2017, and the final intake will be October 15, 2017. The monthly application deadline will be the 15th of each month from January through October 2017.
The Alberta Canada 150 grant is intended to support projects with a lasting impact. Although celebratory events will not be eligible for funding support through the Alberta Canada 150 stream, they may be eligible through CIP Project Based. The grant will support projects that align with the four themes for the federal Canada 150 approach:
  • Diversity and inclusion, and the building of common interests and relationships;
  • Supporting efforts toward reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians;
  • Engaging and inspiring youth to carry forward the legacy of Canada 150; and
  • Connecting Canadians with nature and raising environmental stewardship to the level of national consciousness.
The Community Initiative Program website includes more details such as fact sheet, FAQ document and application.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
DIRECTOR AND OFFICERS LIABILITY INSURANCE: A NECESSARY COST?

This podcast from Vantage Point highlights the key benefits of D&O insurance, the issues to consider when exploring or revisiting your coverage, and the risks of not having this type of insurance.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
STORYTELLING FOR CHANGE
+Acumen and Ariel
6 modules to be taken January 10 - March 8 (registration is open until January 24)
Free

Using stories makes your messages memorable, gives your audience something to relate to, and above all captures their attention, motivating and inspiring them in new ways. Great storytellers are great communicators and effective leaders. This hands-on self-directed course will help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. By the end of this course, you will:
  • Be confident in using stories, especially personal stories, as a part of a communication toolkit
  • Know how to tell stories and use a specific set of storytelling skills so that you connect with the hearts and minds of your audience
  • Have developed, rehearsed, and received feedback on one personal story as a replicable model so that you can build a personal "library" or "back pocket" of stories that can be used in different situations
  • Be able to use a 5-step process to integrate story into presentations for change, work, or many other situations
ACTIONS TO PREVENT AND TREAT SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MISUSE AMONG OLDER ADULTS
National Council on Aging: Centre for Healthy Aging
January 17, 3 - 4 p.m. Eastern

Older adults may experience unique risk factors that can lead to substance abuse or misuse, including a personal loss, limited physical mobility, chronic conditions, pain, or depression and anxiety. This webinar will discuss prevention, evaluation, and treatment options for an aging population. 
EFFECTIVE & EFFICIENT FUNDRAISING FOR THE SMALL TO MEDIUM ORGANIZATION
Information & Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County
January 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Hampton Inn Sherwood Park
$20

Are you raising money for a nonprofit organization with a small development office or with no paid fundraising staff at all? This  workshop will provide information on how to raise more money with less resources. Facilitator Rhonda Newman has personal and professional experience in fundraising. Call 780-464-4242 for 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
CANADA 150 CONTEST: INTERGENERATIONAL STORYTELLING

LINKages Society of Alberta is hosting a contest for youth and older adults to share their stories of what Canada means to them, and they would like the stories to focus on intergenerational connections between different generations of Canadians. The contest is multimedia based, therefore participants can submit anything from a journal entry to a song to a video.
SENIORS' CENTRE WITHOUT WALLS
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
Location: In your home via telephone
Free 


Seniors' Centre Without Walls offers recreational activities, health and well-being topics, and friendly conversation for older adults who find it difficult to access regular community centres or programming in person. All programming is provided over the phone. Socialize, learn new skills and stay connected from the comfort of your home. Browse the new and expanded program offerings in the January-April catalogue for full schedule and registration details. To register, call 780-395-2626.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
January 8, 10 a.m. - noon
$6/person

Join the North West community for a delightful pancake breakfast with friends and neighbours! Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
INS, OUTS & ALLIES GAMES NIGHT
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
January 11, 7-9 p.m.
$2/ person

Games include cribbage, Yahtzee, Scrabble, UNO, checkers and more. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. All ages welcome. Sign up at the SEESA Front Desk by January 10. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
ROBBIE BURNS NIGHT
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
January 11, 5 p.m., doors open at 4:30 p.m.
$15

Enjoy a roast beef dinner with haggis, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad, sticky toffee pudding with whipped fresh cream. A vegetarian option is available. Entertainment for the evening is Scottish Dance and the Old Strathcona Bag Pipes & Drums. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the centre. Call 780-433-5807 for more details.
SENIOR WOMEN'S CIVIC PARTICIPATION INFO SESSION
January 13 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 12-1 p.m.
Location: Activity Room #4, Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)

The Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton and Equal Voice Alberta North, along with City of Edmonton Councillor Andrew Knack, would like to invite you to an information session on civic participation in the City of Edmonton. 

WAVE is recruiting for their committee in January and wants to meet with seniors to discuss the openings and connect with women who are interested in applying. Equal Voice is a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.
City of Edmonton Councillor Andrew Knack is the Council Representative for the Senior's Initiative and feels there is tremendous value in collaborating with these two organizations to engage with seniors on aspects of civic life in Edmonton. 

Refreshments will be served. Email marian.bruin@edmonton.ca for more information and to register.
WORLD SNOW DAY
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
January 17, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$8 members; $10 non-members

Join in a celebration of World Snow Day on the patio at YECC to make maple candy and campfire bannock. Don't worry, you don't HAVE to brave the great outdoors. You can watch from the comfort of the YECC auditorium. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
ROBBIE BURNS NIGHT
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
January 20, 5:45 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.
$30 CLSA members; $35 non-members/guests

Come enjoy roast beef dinner complete with haggis. Celebrate the evening with fantastic entertainment by Strathcona School of Dance - Highland Dancers; "Songs of Scotland" with dynamic entertainer Krista Mulbery; and the spectacular RCMP Regimental Pipes & Drums Band. Ticket deadline is January 18. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the centre in advance or online at www.edmonton.ca/eReg or by calling 311. For more information call 780-496-7369.
ROBBIE BURNS DINNER
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 20, doors at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Join MWSA for a meal of Scottish food and drinks and live entertainment. Call 780-496-2997 for ticket details.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE - EDMONTON
Winter/Spring 2017 Volunteer Opportunities

Your experience could open a door to discovery! Help others discover the world and beyond in a fun and interactive environment. A variety of unique opportunities await you in educational or ambassador roles as a volunteer staff member at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton!
  • Educational Positions: Science Garage Workshop Assistant, Gallery Guide and Interpreter, Angry Birds Universe, Assistant Observatory Attendant, and Robotics Lab Attendant
  • Guest Services Volunteer Hosting and Ambassador Positions: Hospitality Hosts and School Program Host
  • School Programs Positions: Assistant School Programs Leader and Assistant Camp Leader (recruiting for summer 2017)
For more information, visit the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton volunteer web page or contact Volunteer Resources at 780-452-9100 or by email at vr@twose.ca.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER
Drive Happiness: North office (7524 139 Avenue)

Are you friendly and well spoken? Drive Happiness is looking for a volunteer for their north office. Time commitment is flexible but they would prefer two, 3-4 hour shifts per week. Your duties would vary. This position would suit someone who is comfortable answering questions, both in person and over the phone. "We love what we do and we think you might too." Call 780-424-5438, ext. 2 for details. 
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
MORE INFORMATION

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