July 12, 2018
Seniors Sector News
BE PART OF THE AGE FRIENDLY EDMONTON LEADERSHIP TABLE

Are you passionate about issues that affect Edmonton's aging population? Do you consider yourself a changemaker in your community? Join the Age Friendly Edmonton Leadership Table and help shape the work of Age Friendly Edmonton.

Members of the Leadership Table will help direct the work of Age Friendly Edmonton to reflect the needs of older adults and the community at large. Key responsibilities may include:
  • Advising on strategic planning processes in four priority areas: Ageism, Aging in Place, Intergenerational Connection, and Diversity
  • Responding to emerging trends and opportunities in the seniors sector
  • Engaging with evaluation tools and monitoring program outcomes
  • Raising the profile of AFE as a 'face' of the initiative
  • Leading, influencing, connecting, and mobilizing
The Leadership Table will meet quarterly, with an inaugural meeting planned for September 2018. 

If you are interested in learning more, send an email to agefriendly@edmonton.ca with a brief expression of interest before August 15, 2018.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
ANTI-RACISM COMMUNITY GRANT
 
The new Anti-Racism Community Grant Program supports initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on Albertans. The program is open to eligible non-profit organizations, First Nations or Métis Settlements and post-secondary institutions and is meant to foster cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding in communities across the province.

Eligible community organizations can apply for up to $25,000 in matching funding. An applicant's matching funding may be in the form of cash, donated labour, donated materials and services, or a combination. Up to $5,000 in non-matching funding may be available for eligible organizations.

The grant will be divided into two streams: a general community stream and a stream directed at supporting anti-racism projects and initiatives that affect Alberta's First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

The application intake deadlines for 2018-19 are:
Intake 1 - Aug. 1
Intake 2 - Nov. 1
Intake 3 - Jan. 1
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
STUDY - A DAY IN THE LIFE: HOW DO OLDER CANADIANS SPEND THEIR TIME?

Understanding the factors associated with how seniors use their time can help service providers develop long-term strategies to meet their needs. A recent study released by Statistics Canada examines how seniors spend their time and compares the information with results from 1986. 
FREE HUMAN RESOURCES HELP

Community Engaged Learning at MacEwan's School of Business is a project-based teaching-learning strategy that connects classroom theory to challenges experienced in the "real world". 

MacEwan is looking for community partners with at least one of the following human resources challenges to participate in this project:
  • succession plan for key leadership roles or an aging talent pool
  • need to overhaul an existing human resources policy or a build a human resources policy from scratch
  • review of existing compensation strategy and it's alignment to organization/business outcomes and/or comparison to industry standards and recommendations or design a new compensation strategy
Community partners will visit campus three times throughout the term to present to the class or meet with teams. Projects are tied to a student's overall course mark and must be completed within a 2-month time period, and must be managed around varying student schedules. Community partners are asked to ensure timely transfer of information and firm commitment to scheduled meetings to support project success.

R egister for this opportunity online. Contact Gillian Kemp, Experiential Learning Facilitator at MacEwan University if you have questions at kempg3@macewan.ca or 780-633-3046.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
UNDERSTANDING SOFT RISK IN VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT
VolunteerMatch
August 14, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don't think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff - both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers - leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or "fit" can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.
IT SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS
Nonprofit Technology Network
August 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Pacific)
NTEN members $125/non-members $250

If you're storing and working with data regarding members, donors, volunteers, clients, donors, credit cards, and so forth, you are a potential target-and you need to have a solid IT security strategy. Information breaches and other hacks cost organizations significant amounts of money to resolve and damage supporter confidence.

This webinar will provide a general overview of what IT security is and why it's important. It will cover some bad practices commonly found in nonprofits and the potential security risks in those practices, and will provide some basic procedures and recommendations you can implement immediately.
WORKING STRONGER CONFERENCE 2018: EQUIPPING ALBERTANS FOR BETTER WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH
Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division
September 17-18
Edmonton
$500 early bird pricing available until July 31

The conference is two days of networking, information exchange, and dialogue that will advance efforts to support healthier workplaces across the province. With a focus on organizational culture, depression in the workplace and law, policy and practice, this conference is ideally suited to organizations and individuals interested in becoming champions of workplace mental health in Alberta. 
CAG2018 MAKING IT MATTER: MOBILIZING AGING RESEARCH, PRACTICE & POLICY
The Canadian Association on Gerontology
October 18-20, 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia

CAG2018 is Canada's premier multidisciplinary conference for those who work, research or have an interest in the field of aging.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
DATA MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

The Data Management Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that Sage has the right information at the right time to enhance core programs and services, and to support program change and innovation. This role will oversee the management and development of current and future data structures and management, including: design, implementation, reporting, information analysis, and dissemination.

The successful candidate will have relevant education and/or experience in mathematics, statistics, computer science or information/data management. Professional data management experience in a non-profit setting is preferred.

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by July 13.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
DROP-IN CARDS AND GAMES
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

SWESA is hosting drop-in Cribbage, Mah Jong, Hand and Foot Canasta, and Contract Bridge all summer long. Find more information on the website or call 587-987-3200.
POTLUCK SUPPER & GAMES NIGHT
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
July 20, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
$2 with a food dish; $5 without

Love board games, cards and food? Then this is the place for you! Fill your belly and enjoy the conversations with great people. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
COMEDY NIGHT AT K-DAYS
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
July 23, 5 - 11 p.m.
$25 members/$35 non-members for yellow bus transportation and K-Days admission

Take in the sights and sounds of the annual exhibition fair, along with enjoying a night of comedy with comedians Jamie Hutchinson and Brent Butt. Meet at MWSA. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
CONVERSATION GROUPS
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)

Wisemen Conversation and Coffee Group
Wednesdays, July 25 & August 8, 9 a.m.
Stop by grab a coffee and join the conversation. This is a free group and is open to everyone.

Wonder Women Conversation and Coffee Group
Wednesdays, July 25 & August 8, 1:30 p.m.
Always a lively conversation come and be part of it! This is a free group and is open to everyone.

Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
PUZZLE SALES AT NESA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

NESA's puzzle sales are so popular they've made them a monthly event. Puzzles will be sold in the lobby from 9 - 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. The next sale is Wednesday, August 1. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
ESSENTRICS: STRETCH AND TONE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Wednesdays, Aug. 1 - 29, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$58

This is a full body workout that rapidly changes the shape of your body through a dynamic and fluid combination of strengthening and stretching. The technique develops lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate changes to your posture. Perfect for men and women of all fitness levels, this program rebalances the body, prevents and treats injuries and unlocks tight joints. With a diverse music playlist accompanying each routine, this equipment-free workout leaves you feeling energized, youthful and healthy. A yoga mat is required. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
MALLAIG, ALBERTA'S "HAYING IN THE 30s FESTIVAL"
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
August 4, depart Sage at 9 a.m. and return approx. 10 p.m.
$45 (bring or buy your own lunch. Coach bus, festival admission and beef on a bun supper included in cost)

See what it was like to be a farmer in the 1930s. Events include horseshoe-making and demos, haying, wood splitting, grain and thrashing demos, face-painting, viewing zoo, beef on a bun dinner, and more. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register as soon as possible to be guaranteed a seat.
FIRE PIT SING-A-LONG & BBQ
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
August 7, arrival 4:30 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. and singing 5:30 -8:30 p.m.
$10

Join this fun filled evening of food, fire pit, and sing-a-long! Bring your guitars and ukuleles too (song sheets with lyrics/chords provided). Burgers and hot dogs will be served up with coleslaw and pasta salad. All ages are welcome. Please bring a lawn chair. Tickets available in advance at the SEESA Front Desk until August 2. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
BUS TRIP TO BIRCHWOOD MEADOWS: A U-PICK FLOWER FARM
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
August 15, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$75 (includes entry to gardens, snack, small bouquet and lunch)

The day will begin with a morning bus ride through the countryside to the beautiful family-run gardens. You will take in the sights and smells on a tour of the property during the peak of sunflower and dahlia season. There will be time to visit the gift shop and succulents greenhouse before a refreshing cucumber water and a snack. Guests will choose their own 15-stem bouquet to take home. This country escape ends with a sit-down farmhouse meal at The Station Restaurant and Bakery in Morinville. Registration is required by July 31. Call 587-987-3200.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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