July 28, 2016
Seniors Sector News
NEW ALBERTA SENIORS ADVOCATE

Sheree Kwong See has been appointed Alberta's new Seniors Advocate and will begin her term September 1, 2016.

The Seniors Advocate assists in dealing with concerns about government programs and services including housing, income and health benefit support programs, health and home care services and continuing care. The advocate also advises government on trends and systemic issues that concern seniors and their families. Learn more about how the Seniors Advocate supports seniors and their families.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
COMMUNITY INNOVATION GRANT FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY DEMENTIA: A PERSON-CENTRED APPROACH
Alberta Health Services
Closes August 4

This grant, funded by Alberta Health, provides one-time funding to support community and health service providers to develop and implement innovative projects and/or introduce or build on new and creative approaches to person-centred dementia services in Alberta.

This opportunity is open to interested and eligible community based organizations, recreation or arts and cultural organizations, Continuing Care service providers, public, not for profit and for profit organizations and residential care providers. This will include community groups, non-governmental and governmental organizations in urban and rural communities, including native band lands.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
CONSUMER PROTECTION PRESENTATIONS
Service Alberta's Consumer Awareness Research and Education Unit

The Consumer Awareness Research and Education (CARE) Unit develops and maintains educational material and delivers presentations to seniors community groups on consumer protection topics including landlord and tenant issues, consumer tips, identity theft, charities and fair trading (direct sales, prepaid contracting, collections and payday lending).

Book a presentation by contacting Paul Santos at 780-427-3637 / Paul.Santos@gov.ab.ca or Lyle Falk at 780-643-1820 / Lyle.Falk@gov.ab.ca.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
FROM MATCHMAKER TO SUPERVISOR: MANAGING A GREAT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Charity Village
August 11, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Managers of volunteers play many different roles, each requiring a different skill set: matchmaker, HR professional, special events coordinator, marketer, mediator and supervisor. This webinar will teach you how to put these diverse skills to use while managing a successful volunteer program for your organization.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT
Volunteer Match
August 16, 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern
Free

Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans including:
  • What social media is and why it matters
  • How to use social media to recruit and engage volunteers
  • The Do's and Don'ts of managing social media tools
  • Where to go to get resources and help
TELLING THE STORY OF VOLUNTEER IMPACT
Volunteer Match
August 18, 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern
Free

You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn't help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You'll learn:
  • What type of information is compelling to prospective volunteers, existing volunteers, organizational leaders, and supporters, donors and clients.
  • How to use this information to create a powerful story about the impact of volunteers in your organization.
  • How to create a plan for gathering and compiling information about your volunteer engagement program and using that to tell a compelling story about volunteer impact.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPLICATIONS FOR NONPROFITS
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and The Pembina Institute
August 31, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Fantasyland Hotel
$15 for ECVO members; $20 for non-members

This session will provide information about energy efficiency initiatives and programs implemented in other centres in North America. You will also learn about the latest developments from the Alberta Climate Change Office; specifically its' plan to involve nonprofits in helping to shape energy efficiency programs.

Members of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Panel will be in attendance to hear your thoughts and ideas on the types of programs and supports that would help nonprofit organizations transition to a low-carbon economy.
CAREGIVER NAVIGATOR WORKSHOP
Caregivers Alberta
Sept. 13, Oct. 14, Nov. 16 or Dec. 5 (one-day workshop)
Fulton Place School (10310 56 Street)
Free

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 Debra Paches at 780-453-5088 or dpaches@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
RFP: IMPLEMENTATION AND ASSESSMENT OF RIDE-SCHEDULING SOFTWARE FOR ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS (ATS) SERVICES - ALBERTA PILOT PROJECT

The Medically At-Risk Driver (MARD) Centre at the University of Alberta invites applications from not-for-profit organizations (e.g., senior's centres, handivan societies, municipalities, etc.) in Alberta that are currently delivering alternate transportation to seniors (ATS) services. 

The goal of this pilot project is to determine if the use of ride-scheduling software increases efficiency in service delivery and decreases the cost of ATS service provision. The successful Alberta applicant will work with MARD to establish and support the implementation of ride-scheduling software within its ATS service/ organization and facilitate evaluation of the software during this pilot project.

RFP guidelines, proposal template, eligibility criteria and application instructions are available at www.mard.ualberta.ca. Applications must be received on or before 3:30 p.m. on September 8.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
PICKLEBALL
Edmonton Pickleball Club
Daily at Royal Gardens Community Centre (4030 117 Street)
First visit free

The club can arrange a free introductory session for your group of 4 or more. Email Mikaeli at mikaelicavell@telus.net. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
WALKING CLUB
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
$2

Join this small friendly group which walks at a social pace. Call 780-342-8625 to register. Meet on the Main Floor at 3Y 11111 Jasper Avenue (in the old General Hospital).
CANASTA CLUB
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
Mondays at 1 p.m

Are you a Canasta player? The club needs you! Call 780-342-8625 to register.
LUNCH AND LEARN
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
August 2

Visit the Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre to hear an interesting talk and enjoy a delicious meal. Sylvia Benjamin will speak about 'Growing Up Jewish in India'. The menu of East Indian Cuisine is guaranteed to be tasty but not hot: Machchi (Fish) Curry, Matar Pulao (Yellow Rice with Peas), Dal Moong (Red Lentils), Cucumber Raita and other side dishes and a surprise dessert. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
August 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
$6 per person

Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
MAKING TOMORROW'S DECISIONS TODAY
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
August 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 member; $4 non-member

While some have no problem planning their own funeral, it's understandable if you find it too tough to bear. Pre-planning a funeral can ease the burden of your family members while making sure your loved one's wishes are met. Join a local funeral director who will aim to answer all of your questions and provide you with a peaceful and warm atmosphere to discuss this difficult topic. Registration is requested. Call 587-987-3200.
NACHO FRIDAY
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
August 12, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$6 member; $10 non-member

Back by popular demand! Come on down to SWESA to enjoy this classic snack with many different toppings. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
OUTDOOR PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT
Edmonton Pickleball Club
August 19-21
Location: Royal Gardens Community Centre (4030 117 Street)

Edmonton Pickleball Club is presenting its first annual Summer Classic tournament with men's, women's and mixed doubles play and skill levels from beginner to advanced. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and closes August 15. Spectators are welcome. For more information email Mikaeli at mikaelicavell@telus.net.
WRITING WORKSHOP
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
August 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
$15

Do you have a great idea for a story or a personal essay, but you're not quite sure how to write it? Or, you've started a story or personal essay, but aren't sure whether that first page is doing everything it should be doing.  Join this workshop for fiction and non-fiction writers led by Eileen Bell and Billie Milholland, two judges from the John Bilsland Literary Awards event. Participants will discuss similarities and differences of writing fiction and non-fiction; how to research; and how to write that important first page. Register at the front desk of the centre or by calling 780-433-5807.
2ND ANNUAL DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
August 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
$8

A great way to enjoy the day with man's best friend by your side. There will be fun and games, a walk around the lake, and hot dogs and coleslaw served on the patio over lunch. Please bring a leash to tie up your furry fellow in the park when lunch is served and a bag to pick up your adorable one's __:). Call 780-483-1209 for information.
TRIP TO THE CALGARY ZOO
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
August 24, bus leaves 8 a.m. and returns around 7 p.m.
$94 + GST for members; $104 + GST for non-members ($10 lunch voucher and zoo admission included)

Enjoy the trip to Calgary and back on a comfortable, air conditioned, washroom-equipped motor coach with DVD entertainment system, professional driver and experienced tour director. There will be two coffee stops in Red Deer - one on the way down and one on the way back.
Register at the front desk of the centre. Payment is due at time of registration. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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