July 27, 2017
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS' REST TENT AT HERITAGE FESTIVAL
August 5-7
William Hawrelak Park

The Servus Heritage Festival celebrates Edmonton's many multicultural communities and showcases food and entertainment from more than 100 countries and cultures.

Make your visit to this year's Servus Heritage Festival more enjoyable by visiting the Seniors' Rest Tent The tent will be filled with plenty of tables and chairs, so seniors and family members can rest in the shade for a while and take a break from the hustle and bustle.

The Seniors' Rest Tent is conveniently located in the centre of the park near bathrooms and the first aid tent. Seniors will be able to hitch a ride on a golf cart to and from the tent from various points on the festival grounds. Get more details on the location of the Seniors' Rest Tent and print off a copy of the complete festival map with the legend that identifies all the tents, booths, services and attractions. 

The Seniors' Rest Tent is brought to you by Connecting Edmonton Seniors, an initiative of the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS).
HOUSING TERMINOLOGY PUBLIC SURVEY
Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association

The seniors housing industry, Alberta Health Services and the government of Alberta use various terms to describe types of seniors housing. Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association is gathering feedback about how seniors and their families understand this terminology. They are asking people to complete an online survey based on their own personal understandings so that they can find areas where language needs to be changed or where more education is needed.  
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
SCIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED AUGUST 1

Applications for the new program year of the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) will be accepted starting August 1. SCiP brings Alberta nonprofits and post-secondary students together to complete special projects, initiatives or events that organizations might not otherwise have the capacity to take on. Only 1000 awards are available in each program year and they are reserved on a first come first serve basis. Learn more and apply soon.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
HOUSING A SENIOR POPULATION - THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BENEFITS OF SENIORS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

When communities attract and retain older residents in a diverse population mix, they gain the economic benefits as well as the social strengths of a mature population. This report outlines how seniors contribute economically and socially and can be used to support the case for options that allow seniors to age in place.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO SET UP AND RUN THE DAY OF YOUR EVENT LIKE AN PROFESSIONAL EVENT PLANNER
CharityHowTo
August 1, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
$87

Running a special event is challenging. Now you can be an event management superstar, thanks to the strategies and solutions presented in this webinar. The webinar covers:
  • Preparing for the Day of the Event
  • How to Coordinate with Your Venue and Caterer
  • How to Set Up a Command Center, Green Room and Comfort Room
  • How to Mobilize Your Volunteer Army
  • How to Efficiently Manage Silent Auction Set Up
  • How to Be an Effective Onsite Leader
  • How to Run a Seamless Stage Program
  • How to Manage Your Event's Break Down
BROKERING BETTER PARTNERSHIPS LUNCH N' LEARN
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
August 4, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
ECVO Training Room, Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre (8330 82nd Avenue)
Free

Partnering and collaboration are critical if we are to create a more inclusive and sustainable world. ECVO along with JS Daw & Associates and the International Partnership Brokers Association will introduce you to effective partnerships and why they are so much more than simply achieving project outcomes. Bring your lunch and join this session which will shine the spotlight on successful partnering.
10 EMERGING TRENDS IN ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS AND FUNDRAISING
Nonprofit Tech for Good
August 15, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

This webinar will focus on what's new and next in online communications and fundraising so that your nonprofit can prepare for the future and embrace being an early adopter. Topics include:
  • What's new online and mobile fundraising
  • What's next in social media and online community engagement
  • The Internet of Things and its impact nonprofit communications and fundraising
  • Demographic changes and their impact on the nonprofit sector
RAISE MONEY FROM CORPORATE EMPLOYEES
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
August 24, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Early Bird: $79 After August 17: $99

Affinity groups, workplace giving, corporate volunteers and alumni chapters can all help open the door to corporate grant makers while providing valuable support for your nonprofit. Learn how to tap into this often overlooked source of support.
NAVIGATOR FOR PROFESSIONALS AND HEALTH PROVIDERS
Caregivers Alberta
Sept. 13, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 or Dec. 4 (one-day workshop)
Fulton Place School (10310 56 Street)
Free

Caregivers Alberta has published the dates of their Fall 2017 Navigator workshops. Navigator trains health professionals, service providers and community agency staff to better support caregivers by showing how to identify caregivers early in their journey, support caregivers to adopt self-care practices and facilitate caregivers' access to programs/resources and referrals. Review the brochure for more information. To register, contact 780-453-5088 or navigator@caregiversalberta.ca.
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
COMMUNITY SUPPORT MANAGER
GEF Seniors Housing

The Community Support Manager is responsible for overseeing the New Horizons for Seniors (NHSP) funding of the GEF Outreach Program in addition to managing the support resource to Sites for tenants/residents with social support needs. The successful candidate will be responsible for assessments, interventions, and referrals where applicable and providing supportive counselling and problem solving to residents/tenants on a prioritized basis.

Key requirements:
  • Strong English communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Degree in Social Work or Human Services is required
  • Experience working in a supervisory or management position would be an asset
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with Seniors and/or persons with addictions or mental health issues is an asset
  • Strong customer service skills including the ability to interact with seniors in a respectful manner
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills with a flexible and collaborative approach
  • Strong negotiating and conflict resolution skills
  • Must have vehicle and valid driver's license
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The position will remain open until filled.
AGEING TO SAGEING COMMUNITY ANIMATOR
Sage Seniors Association

This permanent, full-time position will employ an intentional community development approach in mobilizing the gifts and potential of seniors to facilitate engagement in activities that can contribute to the improved wellbeing of individuals and families in north east Edmonton. The Animator will work with the Ageing to Sageing Outreach Coordinator to engage seniors in the community, monitor and evaluate assumptions, activities, and endeavors, and to inform and guide the program.

The successful candidate will be College or University prepared in a wellbeing related field, such as community development, recreation therapy, social work, nursing, or occupational therapy. The position requires a valid Driver's License and show proof of 2 million dollar liability insurance.

For a complete job description and application instructions visit www.MySage.ca. The deadline is August 4, 2017.
OUTREACH COORDINATOR FOR OLDER ADULTS (FULL-TIME)
North Edmonton Seniors Association

The Outreach Coordinator's role is to provide outreach services to enhance the overall well-being of isolated and at-risk seniors (age 55 years and older) in the northeast Edmonton area and support seniors to "age in place" in the community. The Outreach Coordinator will also work closely with staff and volunteers to develop and support existing outreach programs at the centre.

Some key responsibilities:
  • Conduct home visits to referred clients and complete needs assessments
  • Monitor clients with telephone calls or occasional home visits and provide social and emotional support
  • Provide information and referral (if needed) regarding advocacy, and crisis supports to clients
  • Plan and organize outreach programs and activities, outings, or events
  • Facilitate outreach partnerships in the community
  • Train and supervise volunteers
Some required knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • An undergraduate degree in Social Work (RSW) or other related field. Consideration will be given to those who have a diploma in a related field along with previous experience in working in human services.
  • Excellent communications, assessment and interviewing skills
  • Knowledge of community services and resources pertaining to older adults
  • Evidence of sensitivity and respect for individuals regardless of age, race, culture, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, or belief systems
  • A vehicle and valid operator's license is required
  • A satisfactory Police Information Check Certificate including Vulnerable Sector Check
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions.
OUTREACH WORKER FOR OLDER ADULTS (PART-TIME)
North Edmonton Seniors Association

The Outreach Worker will work collaboratively to assist the Outreach Coordinator in providing outreach services to enhance the overall well-being of isolated and at-risk seniors (age 55 years and older) in the northeast Edmonton area and support seniors to "age in place" in the community.

Some key responsibilities:
  • May conduct home visits to referred clients and complete needs assessments
  • Monitor clients via telephone calls or occasional home visits, providing social and/or emotional support
  • Provide information and referral (if needed) regarding advocacy and crisis supports to clients
  • Maintain records of all outreach client case load, referrals, contacts and programs ensuring confidentiality as per NESA's Records Information Management program.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate annual Health & Wellness Fair
  • Submit Outreach information to monthly newsletter and seasonal Program & Activity Guide
Some required knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Social Work Diploma. Consideration will be given to those who have a diploma in a related field along with previous experience in working in human services.
  • Excellent communications, assessment and interviewing skills
  • Knowledge of community services and resources pertaining to older adults
  • Evidence of sensitivity and respect for individuals regardless of age, race, culture, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, or belief systems
  • A vehicle and valid operator's license is required
  • A satisfactory Police Information Check Certificate including Vulnerable Sector Check
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
PIE SOCIAL
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
July 31, 2-4 p.m.
$2 member/$3 non-member
 
Bring a homemade pie and an empty plate/container, if you would like to take extra other pie slices. MWSA will supply coffee and tea. RSVP by calling 780-496-2997.
MAKE A TRADITIONAL RIBBON SKIRT OR SHIRT
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
Thursdays in August, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
$65 for a regular and $75 for an extra large

Have you ever wanted to make a traditional ribbon skirt or shirt? These items are used for ceremony and celebration and have significance in Aboriginal culture. For the month of August the EASC will be offering an evening sewing class where people can make themselves a ribbon shirt or skirt and learn about the tradition and significance of these clothing items. Participants only need to show up - the EASC will have everything you need to create a skirt or shirt for yourself. By calling 587-525-8969 extension #2.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$7/member or $10/non-member

The August roster of musicians for NESA's Wednesday Night Dances is: August 2 (Diamonds), August 9 (Back Street Affair), August 16 (Sparkling Tones), August 23 (Chwill Brothers) and August 30 (Reaction Variety Band. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
HERITAGE DAYS POTLUCK
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
August 8, noon

Bring your own cultural dish and enjoy a live cultural performance. The cost is $10 for those who are unable to bring a dish. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
PRE-SHABBAT DINNER
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
August 11, 5:30 p.m.
$40 or $45 with a glass of wine

Come and celebrate the Jewish traditional Friday dinner and entertainment.  RSVP with payment by August 1. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
AUGUST DANCE
SEESA (9350 82 Street)
August 11, 7 p.m.
$10/person at the door

The August dance features The Diamonds. Refreshments are included. The is a cash bar available for members and invited guests (by reading this consider yourself invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
SUMMER TEA
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
August 11, 1:30 p.m.
$8

Enjoy a spot of tea, ice tea or coffee on a lovely Friday afternoon. Layer the butter on to your scone and delightfully bite into this treat while enjoying great company and classical music. Purchase tickets at the centre. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
GET SMART ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
August 14, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

Antibiotics have been around for decades and for the most part, patients know very little about their mechanism of action. Attendees will gain knowledge beyond just the name and shape of the medication and how to determine if antibiotics should be used in certain conditions. We will address treatment options for common infections and discuss how to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections. We will learn about antibiotic resistance, the contributors and options for those having some resistant bacteria. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
SECOND WIND CONFERENCE
September 7
Location: Chateau Louis Conference Centre (11727 Kingsway Avenue)
$85

This wellness conference is open to all retirees in the greater Edmonton community. The keynote speaker is Peter Brown who is currently a writer and producer of The Irrelevant Show on CBC Radio. Sessions include wine and cheese seminars, estate planning, hearing loss, technology workshops, and travel tips. Learn more at secondwindconference.ca or by calling 780-418-8032.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS FOR FORT SASKATCHEWAN

Even though the Carter Work Week is now completed, we are not done building these homes! We are building eight duplexes along Canyon Road in the Sienna community in Fort Saskatchewan. Individuals and groups are welcome. Shifts are daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. All volunteers receive an onsite safety orientation and training. No minimum number of shifts is required. Beginners are welcome! 

You can register online at www.hfh.org/volunteer or contact Joanne at 780-451-3416 ext. 222. If you would like more information, visit www.hfh.org/our-builds.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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