January 9, 2020
Resources
TOOL EXPLAINS SERVICE ELIGIBILITY FOR IMMIGRANT, REFUGEE AND NEWCOMER SENIORS

Depending on the immigration pathway in which immigrant, refugee and newcomer seniors (IRN) seniors arrived in Canada, most IRN seniors have limited or no access to essential services including income support and benefits, social programs, and healthcare.

The Age of Wisdom Collective initiative has developed a helpful tool that outlines service eligibility and includes stories from seniors that illustrate the diversity in their immigration experience and their access to services.

For more information, contact Nuel Han, Project Animator with the Age of Wisdom Collective at nuelhanmchb@gmail.com.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
HOW TO WRITE AN AWESOME ANNUAL REPORT WITH GRATITUDE AND IMPACT 
CharityHowTo
January 28, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
$87 USD

Too often, we publish annual reports that are too long and full of data people don't want or need. An awesome annual report focuses on the heart of the mission showing how giving impacts the people and communities you serve. This webinar will show you how to craft an annual report that will inspire and engage your donors.
LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE
Volunteer Strathcona
January 30, 1:30-4 p.m.
Location: Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce (100 Ordze Avenue, Sherwood Park)
$12

"Communication is key" is a common adage in the business world, but what does it really mean? This course will review vital practices to unlock better communication skills and stronger business relationships. Topics will include (1) Communicating with Confidence, (2) How to Listen Louder, (3) Ace Your Business Handshake, (4) Networking Tips for Success, and (5) The Power of Relationships.
FAMILY CAREGIVER WELLNESS WORKSHOPS
Norquest College
$35 per workshop

Gain the confidence to safely look after your loved one at home with Family Caregiver Wellness Workshops. Workshops are 2-2.5 hours and include a class lecture, hands-on training, and a simulated scenario related to the workshop topic. Workshops include Assisting with Mobility-Safe Practices, Assisting with Personal and Intimate Care, and Mealtime and Medication Assistance. Review the course overview and go online to register.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
ADMINISTRATOR
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society

The administrator is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and running of programs. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors. Qualifications include proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, and the accounting program "Quicken". The ideal candidate has good people skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and is able to lift and set up folding tables weighing approximately 29 pounds/13 kg.

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to swseniors@telus.net, or mail/drop off your application to the Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society. The deadline to apply is January 22.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
WELLNESS FRIDAY PRESENTATION
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
January 10, 1-2 p.m.
Free

Learn about Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) and the Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP) through the Government of Alberta. Learn how you can work with an occupational therapist to obtain equipment, disability parking placards, and home modifications. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
THURSDAY LUNCHEONS
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Thursdays, 12-2 p.m.
$10 members; $12 non-members

Enjoy a hot lunch with a side of cool live entertainment. Upcoming acts include the Old Smoothies (January 16), Vinyl Country (January 23), and Rebound (January 30). Other dates to be announced. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.  
CHAIR YOGA AND MEDITATION
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA) and the Blue Quill Community League
Fridays, January 17-February 28 (session one) or March 6-April 24 (session two), 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Location: Blue Quill Community League (11304 25 Avenue)
$56 per session; $10 per drop-in

This low-impact class is great for those with mobility issues or anyone who wants to learn yoga and Pranayama. Gain inner peace through the healing power of Laughter Yoga and Mantra Chanting. All stretches, standing poses, and meditations will be performed using a chair for support. Call 587-987-3200 for more information. 
GRAND SLAM OF CURLING LIVE TELEVISED EVENT 
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
January 19; 9:30 a.m. (doors), 10 a.m. (women's final), 1:30 p.m. (men's final)
$10

Hey sports fans! Break out the beer and nachos, and kick back with friends to watch the best of the best curling live on the big screen. Bring a potluck item to share with the group. Wine, beer, and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Call 780-451-1925 to reserve your tickets. 
TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS (NEW)
Strathcona Place Society (10831 University Avenue)
Mondays, January 20 -April 6, 10-10:30 a.m.
$40 members; $70 non-members

This meditative martial art can improve your health, sense of balance, and overall well-being. You will leave class feeling refreshed-mind, body, and soul. All levels are welcome. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
6:45 p.m.
$8 members; $11 non-members

Dance to a different live band weekly and enjoy an evening of socializing! Upcoming acts include the Chwill Brothers (Jan. 22), Diamonds (Jan. 29), Sparkling Tones (Feb. 5), Vinyl Country (Feb. 12), and Diamonds (Feb. 26). Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
COMPUTER INFORMATION SESSIONS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Various dates and times
Free

These informative presentations will help you stay connected in this technology-based world!  Upcoming sessions include World of Computers (Jan. 23, 10-11:30 a.m.), Setting Up and Using E-mail Accounts (Feb. 6, 10-11:30 a.m.), and Web Browsing & Searching Basics (Feb. 11, 2-4 p.m.) Pre-register in person or by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
BAKERS' BOOTCAMP-SOURDOUGH STARTER
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 St.)
January 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
$20 for members and $56 for non-members

Learn how to create your own sourdough starter in this demonstration workshop. Enjoy sourdough samples as you learn best practices to create easy recipes at home. Call 780-496-7369 for more information. 
ROBBIE BURNS DINNER
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
January 29, 5 p.m.
$16 members; $18 non-members

Get yer kilt on and shake off the winter blahs. Celebrate Robbie Burns' birthday with toe-tapping songs, toasts, and a traditional Burns roast beef dinner. The evening will include a cash bar with Scotch tasting, door prizes, and a 50/50 draw. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information. 
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
202-2021 BOARD MEMBERS WANTED
Mill Woods Seniors Association

If you are a Regular MWSA Member in good standing for at least sixty days prior to the AGM on March 26, you are encouraged to apply to become a Board Member. Completed applications must be submitted no later than January 23, 2020. Interviews to take place in early February. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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