July 26, 2018
Seniors Sector News
FEDERAL MINISTER OF SENIORS

The Honourable Filomena Tassi was appointed as the new Federal Minister of Seniors on July 18.
NAME CHANGE FOR MULTICULTURAL WOMEN AND SENIORS SERVICES ASSOCIATION

The Multicultural Women and Seniors Services Association (MWSSA) has a new name: The Shaama Centre For Seniors and Women.  The new name will make it easier for you to connect with them and make it convenient for those who don't know them yet to find them. 

Join in a celebration of the new name and learn what went into it. Their seniors will be sharing the best of South Asian street food. There will be chances to try your hand at carom - the grandfather of all board games and listen to seniors storytelling.
August 8, noon
Location: 329 Woodvale Road West
This event is free but you must RSVP by August 5 by emailing culture@mwssa.org or by calling 780-465-2992.
BOLAND SURVEY ON NONPROFIT SECTOR COMPENSATION

The Boland Survey is the only comprehensive source of nonprofit sector compensation data. It allows you to make informed comparisons and predictions on salary and human resource practices including flex time, on-boarding, paid time off, professional development practices, employee recognition, and recruitment practices (new in 2018).

Complete the survey before August 31 to be sure your organization's information is included and you are eligible to purchase the comprehensive report.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
VITAL SIGNS GRANT

The final intake for the Vital Signs Grant for 2018 is September 15 for initiatives after November 1, 2018. The 2017-18 grant supports initiatives designed to increase the sense of belonging to community.

Priority will be given to projects serving people with a high risk of social isolation as identified in the Vital Signs report (those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative. Examples of initiatives that might be supported include events, pilots or prototypes, initiatives that may help marginalized communities be more engaged with existing programming, and organizational or community learning opportunities.

For more information contact the Edmonton Community Foundation Grants Team at grants@ecfoundation.org or by phone at 780-426-0015.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
NEW LEGAL RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE SENIORS

The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) has released a series of resources that aim to assist immigrant and refugee seniors and their families in accessing and maintaining housing. The resources talk about discrimination, the change to include age discrimination in the Alberta Human Rights Act, and the different types of housing available to seniors in Alberta. There are seven tip sheets in this series that are available in English, Somali, and Arabic.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
OVERVIEW OF CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
Government of Alberta
July 31, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Free

This information session provides a general overview of the changes to Employment Standards that came into effect on January 1, 2018. Moderators will answer questions throughout the webinar. Topics will include:
  • key employment standards rules and entitlements that had updates
  • what rules and entitlements are new in employment standards, including job-protected leaves
  • what is an administrative penalty system and other upcoming changes to administration and enforcement
  • where to find additional information about employment standards
WHAT IS OUR MONEY STORY? AND HOW DO WE TELL IT?
Bloomerang
August 16, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Do you or your staff and board members feel uncomfortable talking about money? It's much easier to talk about your amazing work, but that is only one component of successful fundraising communication. 

Letting your supporters know the costs of keeping water clean, mentoring children, changing laws, or helping veterans is equally important. Sharing costs alone is dry and uninspiring but when your money story is combined with a story about one person - people listen. And often, they give more and stay giving longer. 

This webinar will show you how to reduce "talking about money" discomfort and show you how to powerfully include your money story in your fundraising communication.
NETWORKING WITHOUT THE BUTTERFLIES
Charity Village
August 23, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Does the idea of networking fill your stomach with butterflies? Join this webinar and learn new tools and strategies to help you approach networking in a more confident and organized manner. 
2018 GREY MATTERS CONFERENCE
Alberta Seniors and Housing & Alberta Association of Seniors Centres
September 25-26, 2018 (Pre-conference workshop on Sept. 24)
Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, 1316 33 Street NE, Calgary
Early bird $299 (deadline July 31), regular conference rate $349 (Aug 1 onwards), GST included

This two-day conference offers seniors service providers opportunities to network, gain knowledge and increase awareness of issues, supports and services for seniors. Conference delegates will hear from dynamic speakers and learn about best practices, emerging issues and trends that enhance seniors well-being. This year's conference theme is: OUR COMMUNITY GATHERS Listening, Learning and Leading.

For more information on the agenda and to register, visit greymatters2018.com.
FAIL SAFE CONFERENCE
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
October 18-19, 2018
Location: Hyatt Place, downtown Edmonton
Early bird rate: $199 (ECVO members); $299 (non-members)

The inaugural Fail Safe conference is dedicated to challenging long-standing assumptions about failure. Fail Safe is all about creating a safe and energized space to discuss various aspects of failure-how it happens, how to learn from it, and how to wield it to create success for your organization. This conference invites non-profits, for-profits, and the public sector to build common ground about a topic that is still far too taboo in our work.

Fail Safe is bringing some of the world's most inspiring minds on the topic to Edmonton, each of whom has something they're eager to get off their chest about failure - and failing forward. Keynotes from the likes of Paul Shoemaker, Founding President of Social Venture Partners International, and Dr. Samuel West, Curator of the Museum of Failure, will help set the tone for non-traditional breakouts and networking between delegates.

More information is available at www.failsafeconference.com.
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
PART TIME FOLLOW UP COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

This position is responsible for providing follow up services to seniors recently discharged from the Sage Seniors' Safe House program. This includes assessing needs, providing information and support and client advocacy while assisting them in becoming familiar and safe in their new community.

The successful candidate will hold a degree or diploma in Social Work. Experience working with older adults and/or victims of abuse is required. The position requires the ability to become registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers and the use of a vehicle.

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by July 30.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
REGISTER FOR FALL PROGRAMS

It's not too early to think about signing up for activities that begin in the fall! Many seniors centres start registration for fall programs in August.

Here are some of the registration dates we know of:
Central Lions Seniors Association
Member registration begins Aug. 7 and non-member registration begins Aug. 21. 2019 memberships will also go on sale at that time for $35. The program guide is available now.
 
North Edmonton Seniors Association
Program registration and membership renewal starts Aug. 13 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. From Aug. 13-15 they are open until 7 p.m. Club registration starts Aug. 7 during regular office hours. Bring your membership card. The program guide is available now.

South East Edmonton Seniors Association
Program registration for members and an open house is Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration for non-members begins Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. The program guide will be available online and at the centre on August 10. 

SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
Registration will begin on August 13. The program guide will be posted to the website on August 10.

Strathcona Place 55+ Centre
Registration begins August 20 for everyone. The program guide will be available on the website and at the centre on August 20. 

Westend Seniors Activity Centre
Member registration is August 13. Registration for seniors who belong to seniors centres that are part of the Reciprocal Program Registration agreement can register August 27. The program guide will be posted online on August 7.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$8/member or $11/non-member

Here is the August lineup for NESA's Wednesday Night Dances: August 1 (Diamonds), August 8 (Ghost Riders), Aug 15 (no dance due to floor waxing), August 22 (Sparkling Tones) and August 29 (Chwill Brothers). Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
MIX MUSIC LINE DANCE CLASS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
Thursdays, Aug. 2 - 30, 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$40/session for members or $10 drop-in fee

This class uses a variety of music such as swing, tango, country, disco, Latin, etc. and dynamic fun routines to make an hour of exercise fly by. Call 587-987-3200 to learn more.
BADMINTON FUN DAY INVITATIONAL
South East Edmonton Seniors Association
August 10, 9 - 11:45 a.m.
$3 in advance if you sign up before the day or $5 the day of the event

Come out and join the SEESA Badminton Club for this fun day of playing your favourite sport while meeting other players from other centres across the city. No prior experience is required. Family and friends aged 55+ are invited to join in the activities.

Lunch is not included in the cost. You are welcome to stay afterwards for lunch in the cafeteria. There will be one hot sandwich selection, two soups, and a couple varieties of cold sandwiches available for purchase.

Call the SEESA Front Desk at 780-468-1985 or drop by the centre in person by Aug. 7 to register for the invitational. Call Stephen Siu at 780-996-0158 if you have questions.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
August 12, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join NWESS for a delicious breakfast and make some new friends. $6/dish includes 3 pancakes, 2 sausages, scrambled eggs and beverage. Bring your whole family. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
FORT SASKATCHEWAN HERITAGE PRECINT
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
August 16, depart Sage at 9 a.m.
$47 members; $52 non-members (includes coach bus, tour and lunch)

Learn some Fort Saskatchewan history in this tour including the exteriors of the North West Mounted Police Fort and the buildings in the Historical Village. Register by August 9 by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
AUGUST CLASSES
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)

Join CLSA for some summer fun:
Co-Ed Keep Fit (Multilevel): Mondays Aug. 13-27 and Wednesdays Aug. 8-22, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cardio Yoga-Size: Mondays Aug. 13-27, 9-10:15 a.m.
Homegrown Harmonies: Aug. 10-24, 1:30-3 p.m.
Absolute Beginners in Ukulele: Aug. 21-28, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Check out the CLSA website for a comprehensive list of summer programming or call 780-496-7369 for more information.
40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
September 7, cocktails at 5 p.m., buffet at 6 p.m.
$30

Join Westend Seniors Activity Centre in celebrating 40 years of excellence. There will be a buffet dinner accompanied by live entertainment and a dance to follow. Tickets can be purchased in person at the centre. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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