July 23, 2020
Grants and Awards
2020 MINISTER'S SENIORS SERVICE AWARDS
Government of Alberta

We all know someone who has stepped up to support seniors. They are present in our organizations, communities, workplaces and families. The 2020 Minister's Seniors Service Awards provides an opportunity to recognize these caring individuals.  Award recipients will be honoured at an awards ceremony in the fall. Nomination forms and additional information are available at alberta.ca/mssa . The nomination deadline is August 11, 2020. 
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Resources
SOLVING THE "INFODEMIC"
University of Alberta

This art project aims to make viewers look twice-and think twice-before sharing COVID-19 misinformation. U of A printmaker Sean Caulfield teams up with his brother, pseudoscience debunker Timothy Caulfield, to tackle the COVID-19 "infodemic". Learn more about fighting misinformation here.
SUPPORTING CAREGIVERS
Caregivers Alberta 

Caregivers Alberta has created a number of publications and resources available to help you support caregivers. 
 
Seven Tips for Supporting Caregivers: Tip sheet outlining simple actions and common resources to support caregivers. Produced by Caregivers Alberta. 
 
Service Provider Guide Understanding Caregivers: Short guide that explores caregiver stress, burnout and elder abuse and provides practical tips to support caregivers in your practice. Developed by the Government of Alberta in partnership with Caregivers Alberta. 
 
Discovery Toolkit - Supporting Family Caregivers of Seniors: The toolkit contains tools for learning and discussion: summaries, slide presentations, handouts and suggested resources. The tools are based on the proceedings and products of a conference entitled Supporting Family Caregivers of Seniors: Improving Care and Caregiver Outcomes that was held in April 2014. 
ELDER ABUSE GROUP - DISCUSSION FORUM
CORE Alberta

One of the best ways to address elder abuse is through a collaborative community of practice.  If you and/or your organizations have or are developing solutions and strategies to address elder abuse, your expertise and suggestions are welcome in the CORE Elder Abuse Group. C onversations will focus on both your experiences in responding to elder abuse during COVID-19 and the opportunities that lie ahead as new and collaborative ways to address the mistreatment of older adults in Alberta are explored.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
HOW TO FACILITATE A GROUP ONLINE: FOSTER MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION AND BUILDING COMMUNITY ONLINE
Nonprofit Learning Lab  
July 29, September 2 and October 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Pacific)  
$10 USD members; $25 USD non-members   
 
This workshop covers best practices for online facilitation. It will review how to lead engaging activities and create or re-design activities for an online platform. This training will also cover how to: 
  • Analyze best practices for online adult facilitation   
  • Explain how to verbally and visually communicate engaging activities
  • Understand how to create or re-design activities for an online platform 
  • Design new activities for the purpose of practice and instantaneous feedback and coaching 
CONVERT SUPPORTERS WITH POWERFUL LANDING PAGES
Firespring
July 30, 1:30 p.m.  (Central)
Free
 
With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. This session will share real-world landing page examples that increase conversions and what we've learned from studying hundreds of nonprofits and their landing page designs.
FUNDAMENTALS OF NONPROFIT FINANCE
Propel Nonprofits
August 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  (Central)
$75 USD
 
This training is designed to make you more comfortable with  nonprofit  finance. This session will walk you through  nonprofit  financial reports, including the statement of activities (income statement) and statement of financial position (balance sheet). You'll gain an understanding of  nonprofit  finance terminology, accounting rules, roles and responsibilities and procedures and policies. This workshop is great for those new to the  nonprofit  sector,  nonprofit  finance and board positions.
FOOD SECURITY GROUP - PANEL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION 
CORE Alberta
August 18, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Free
 
Join the CORE Food Security Group for a panel presentation and discussion forum on nutrition, malnutrition and older adults. This community conversation will focus on ho w health care providers and community organizations can work together to address this issue.  This discussion forum is an initial step to strengthen the Community-Based Seniors Serving (CBSS) sector working relationship with Alberta Health Services and generate ideas for future collaborative efforts.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Jobs in the Sector
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR 
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC) is recruiting for a dynamic Communications Coordinator whose work will increase the visibility of a coordinated, connected network of community-based services and supports for seniors. Our communications serve to engage, inform and promote the sector and contribute to the service capacity of stakeholders. The application deadline is August 14.
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR 
Sage Seniors Association

Sage is hiring an Administrative Coordinator to   provide critical administrative support, ensure effective communication of program-related information internally and externally, and to maintain a consistent, quality experience for people who access Sage's programs, services, and opportunities. A core function of th is role  is to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment at Sage, either in person or by phone/email. 

Qualifications for this role include administration, rec eption or customer service experience and a knowledge of community resources. A police  information  check, including vulnerable sector check, is required  for this role .   This is a temporary, part-time position.  The deadline to apply is July 28.   See detailed job posting for additional information, including application instructions.  
ASSESSMENT, SUPPORTS AND HOUSING COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association  

Sage is seeking a resourceful individual to  provide assessment , information, referral, support and system navigation to older adults addressing basic needs as well as social and emotional needs.   Other tasks include helping older adults prioritize their needs and make informed referral s  as necessary as well as responding to calls from families of older adults, community members and professionals regarding available resources.  

Qualifications for this role include eligibility for registration with the Alberta College of Social Work, experience in the Human Services field  and  k nowledge of seniors '  resources and housing options. A p olice information check, including vulnerable sector check, is required for this role. This is a temporary, full-time contract  position. The  application deadline  is  July 28. See  d etailed job posting for additional  information, including application instructions  
More job opportunities in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
BYOB (BRING YOUR OWN BOOK) CLUB
Edmonton Public Library
July 28,  7-8 p.m. 
Free 

Are you bursting to talk to someone about that new book you've just picked up? Do you miss connecting with other readers about your favourite authors or plots? Then join EPL for an unconventional book clubWhile participants won't all be reading the same book, this will be a great conversation anyway. After all, isn't half the fun of book club getting off topic and talking about other books? EPL wants you to share your thoughts, opinions and passionate pleas about why the book you're reading should be next on everyone else's reading list.  To save your spot, email meg.deforest@epl.ca. A join link to the session will be emailed to registrants a few days beforehand. 
ZUMBA GOLD DROP-IN
Sage Seniors Association
July 29, 2 -3 p.m.  
Online
Free    

Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for seniors, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine. 
 
Join online by clicking the link here.  
Join by phone by:  
1. Calling 1-855-703-8985 
2. Entering the meeting ID - 657 878 2877 and pressing the # key 
3. Pressing the # key again when asked for participant ID 
4. Saying your name and pressing the # key 
ONLINE TECH SERIES 
Westend Seniors Activity Centre  
August 7, 14 and 21; 1:30-2:30 p.m. 
Free 

Learn all things technology in these ongoing tech workshops. With  sessions  including how to  navigat e  Netflix , protect yourself against  cyber attacks  and more ,   these classe will prepare you to navigate the digital landscape.  Take one or take ' em  all-the choice is up to you. 
WELL CONNECTED
ElderCare  Edmonton  
Wednesdays,10-11 a.m. 
Free

Well Connected offers recreation day programming in a virtual community-based setting. No matter your age or where you are in Canada, you can stay connected by participating in activities, education and friendly conversation. Both caregivers and care recipients are welcome to participate! 
Register through Eventbrite.
VIRTUAL CONVERSATION CIRCLE
Mill Woods Seniors Association 
(2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor) 
Wednesdays,  1:30-3:30 p.m.  
Free (members and non-members welcome) 

Gather with peers to discuss current events, reduce social isolation and create fellowship in a friendly and welcoming environment. To learn more contact Fred Sawka, MWSA Conversation Circle Program Lead, at  fred@sawka.com. Please put "Conversation Circle" in the subject line. 
VIRTUAL PILATES CLASS
Mill Woods Seniors Association 
(2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor) 
Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (until August 8)  
Admission by donation 

Join this fun, live Pilates class using "Zoom". Pilates is a form of core conditioning that combines strength-building movements with a focus on full and proper breathwork. It has been shown to improve core stability, prevent and relieve back and joint pain, and increase range of motion, while reducing stress and building long, lean muscles. To register, email  karen@mwsac.ca  with the subject line "Pilates" class. 
WALK FOR VALOUR 2020 VIRTUAL CHALLENGE 
Valour Place
August 13-September 13 
Fundraiser 

Social distancing has provided  Valour  Place with the opportunity to revamp their annual Walk for Valour . Supporters from across Alberta, or anywhere in Canada, are invited to register and participate in the Walk for  Valour  Virtual Challenge 2020! Check out a list of 30 FUN walk challenges for participants to complete in their own community and at their own pace. Registered participants who complete all 30 challenges and raise a minimum of $25 will receive a limited-edition  Valour  Place Challenge Coin!  

Valour  Place is a temporary home away from home for military and first responder families when in Edmonton for medical treatments.
SENIORS CENTRE WITHOUT WALLS - AUGUST CALENDAR
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
August

Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network has released their August Calendar. Join them for a variety of interactive telephone-based social and health programming. Provides opportunities to socialize, learn new skills and stay connected.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
AFFORDABLE HOUSING REVIEW PANEL
Government of Alberta

The Affordable Housing Review Panel has been appointed to review Alberta's affordable housing system. This review will explore ways to make affordable housing even more affordable and accessible for people with low incomes. The panel's recommendations will be used to transform how Alberta's affordable housing system is delivered so it is financially sustainable and able to address growing demand.  

Share your thoughts and suggestions on affordable housing by August 31. These submissions will be reviewed by the panel and will help inform its work.  Email your submissions to the panel at  AffordableHousingReview@gov.ab.ca
HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED ALBERTA FAMILY CAREGIVERS?
University of Alberta

Dr. Jasneet Parmar and her research team in the Department of Family Medicine from the University of Alberta are conducting a survey to understand: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected family caregivers in Alberta.
GUARDIANSHIP AND TRUSTEESHIP RELATED SERVICES SURVEY 
Sage Seniors Association

For over 35 years, Sage has provided guidance for people applying for guardianship or trusteeship of an adult in their life who no longer has the capacity to make decisions on their own.
  
Sage is trying to determine if there may be a need to expand the program to include additional related services, and is seeking input from older adults and caregivers on what services are needed most in Edmonton. Your ideas are important and will be used to help Sage determine how to best help seniors meet their financial and personal needs and to lower the risk of elder abuse situations. 
  
The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and does not ask for your name.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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