June 1, 2017
Seniors Sector News
SHARE YOUR VOICE. SHAPE OUR CITY.

You are invited to attend one of five public drop-in sessions on two projects: Advancing Age Friendly Edmonton and Edmonton Seniors Centres Strategy. For your convenience, the projects are hosting public engagement at the same time.

These interactive drop-in sessions will provide the public a chance to learn about the projects, ask questions, identify priorities and validate next steps. Your input will help determine how the City of Edmonton is addressing age friendly priorities and supporting healthy ageing in Edmonton. 

All the events are drop-in and refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome - because we are all getting older and a city that is friendly for seniors is a city that is friendly for all!

#1: June 6 from 4-8 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch
14339 50 Street

#2: June 13 from 4-8 p.m.
Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
Tournament Rooms 2 and 3
2051 Leger Road

#3: June 14 from 4:30-8 p.m.
Mill Woods Seniors & Multicultural Centre
Rooms 229 and 231
2610 Hewes Way 

#4: June 22 from 4-8 p.m.
City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

#5: June 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Callingwood Farmer's Market
69 Avenue & 178 Street (Safeway parking lot)

PROMOTE YOUR SENIORS PROGRAMMING

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is accepting submissions for the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults. If your organization offers group programs, activities and events for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area, we want to know about them! 

There is no charge to include your information in this annual publication. More than 12,000 copies will be distributed this year, so your organization will get a lot of exposure for your programming. 

Review last year's edition of the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults to get an idea of the types of activities included and contact Janelle at janelle@seniorscouncil.net or 780-423-5635 ext. 1 to get a submission form. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. 

Organizations are also welcome to request free print copies of the directory. Let us know how many copies you would like by June 30, 2017. We expect to make deliveries at the end of August.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Professional Development
CROWDFUNDING 101
Firespring.org
June 14, 12 p.m. (Central)
Free

Crowdfunding has quickly become a new tool in the fundraising toolbox. It allows nonprofits to leverage their networks to raise more money, faster, from a larger audience and is changing the face of nonprofit fundraising as donors welcome a more engaged approached to giving. Forbes reported that 30% of the $5 billion crowdfunded went to social causes, and this trend will continue to rise. This webinar will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from creation through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences. You'll discover:
  • Why crowdfunding is a must-do for your nonprofit.
  • How to incorporate crowdfunding into your existing fundraising mix.
  • What role strangers play in crowdfunding.
  • What types of campaigns are most effective.
  • The power of crowdfunding beyond increased revenue.
  • Concrete steps you can implement immediately.
INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT BUDGETS
Grantspace
June 14, 12 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don't know what and how much to ask for? This webinar will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal. You'll learn:
  • The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
  • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
  • What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT CLIENTS
Charity Village
June 15 at 10 a.m. (Pacific)
Free

The nonprofit sector is not immune to workplace violence. Legislative changes have broadened our awareness of the issue, and have strengthened our understanding that it cannot ever be considered "just part of the job". This session will provide you with a better understanding of client aggression and responsive behaviours and will show you how to develop a sustainable violence prevention program. This webinar will:
  • Highlight the prevalence of workplace violence
  • Review the Individual Client Risk Assessment Tool
  • Explain the five steps in developing a prevention program
BIGGEST BANG FOR THE HEALTH CARE BUCK: WHY COMMUNITY SUPPORTS MATTER

Join us for the next ESCC conversation café where we will explore seniors' health care spending with Dr. Richard Lewanczuk, Senior Medical Director, Provincial Primary Health Care, Alberta Health Services. ESCC will host facilitated table talks and explore a theory that by increasing funding and support for community and home-based services, we may be able to reduce some of the demands for the most expensive aspects of public health care while improving the capacity of an aging population to age in place with dignity.

Biggest Bang for the Health Care Buck: Why Community Supports Matter
June 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Ital-Canadian Seniors Centre (9111 110 Avenue)

Register online for this free event by June 21. A light lunch will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please indicate that when you register. 
Call Sheila at 780-423-5635 ext.3 for more information.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
SENIORS' WEEK ACTIVITIES

Next week (June 5-11) is Alberta Seniors' Week and many organizations are hosting special events. Check out the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page for a list of activities taking place at Edmonton seniors organizations.
HEALTH AND AGING - DARE TO AGE WELL
University of Alberta, Department of Medicine
June 5, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
Free

The topics featured in this session are:
  • Getting the best out of your medicines: What pills should I pop?
  • Palliative Care-Will I get it if I need it?
  • Ageism and Frailty
Dr. Adrian Wagg, Dr. Robin Fainsinger, and Dr. Darryl Rolfson will also answer questions in an Ask an Expert session.

For further information and to RSVP contact Deepika Jadhav at 780-248-1969 or djadhav@ualberta.ca.
SENIORS' PANCAKE BREAKFAST
June 6, 9 - 11 a.m.
Location: Blue Quill Community Centre (11304 25 Avenue)
Free

In celebration of Seniors' Week, your friends from the southwest community leagues and SWESA invite you to join them for pancakes, sausages, juice, and coffee. Registration is not required.
21st ANNUAL OLDER, BOLDER, BETTER: LIVING & LEARNING SYMPOSIUM
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
June 8, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Free event admission

Connecting with Others Never Grows Old. Participate in a day of fun and information. This event features a learning symposium, with keynote speaker Bruce Hogle, a local broadcasting pioneer, and a series of informational sessions. In addition, there will be an exhibitor trade fair, artisan vendors market, free entertainment, bake sale, silent auction, raffle baskets, 50/50 draw, special buffalo barbecue, and loads of free give-a-ways at the exhibitor trade show. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
JAMAICA CULTURE DAY
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
June 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$9 members; $12 non-members

Come and discover Jamaica. Enjoy Jamaican food and entertainment. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
OPEN HOUSE

CapitalCare's Laurier Houses are opening their doors to the public for a Seniors' Week Open House event. This is an opportunity for seniors to explore a unique option in continuing care where couples can live together in a condo-style setting, while getting a high level of nursing care. Come for a tour and find out more about the affordable "life-lease" concept - pioneered 20 years ago by the leaders in continuing care - that gives residents more flexibility and choice than traditional care housing options.
For more information or to take a virtual tour of Laurier House, visit Capitalcare.net and follow CapitalCare on Twitter and Facebook for updates and information.
CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
June 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Free

Opus 12 will be performing chamber style music to celebrate Seniors Week at Mill Woods Seniors Association. RSVP by calling 780-496-2997.
PARTICIPATE IN THE EDMONTON PRIDE PARADE
June 10

The Edmonton Seniors Centre has been accepted to participate in the Edmonton Pride Festival. Join them in celebrating diversity by riding the ESC Grey Pride Float at the Edmonton Pride Parade. Sign up at the Edmonton Seniors Centre. For more information call Stephen at 780-342-8625 or email stephenquinn@edmontonseniorscentre.ca.
PRIDE WEEK SENIORS STRAWBERRY TEA AND VARIETY SHOW
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
June 15, 1 - 3 p.m.
Cost: donations appreciated

Join in a celebration of LGBTQ seniors and Pride Week with live music from Northern Heart, fun performances, tea, strawberry dessert and more! Hosted by Sage's Over the Rainbow group. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for information.
FATHER'S DAY BBQ
CHARTWELL Wild Rose Retirement Residence (9612 172 Street)
June 16, 4 - 7 p.m.
$20; children 10 and under $10

Enjoy a steak and buffet and listen to live entertainment performed by The Bix Mix Boys. Beer or other refreshments are available as well. Tickets on sale until June 10. Call 780-443-1234 ext. 102 for more information.
GERIACTORS SUMMER SCHOOL
Thursdays, June 29 - July 27, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
$20

GeriActors has been turning stories into plays for the last sixteen years. Join them this summer and learn how to turn your own stories into moments of theatre to share with others. The second annual summer school provides an introduction to storytelling, acting, and improv. This is stress free acting - no lines to be learnt and lots of laughs to be had! Register in person at Sage or call 780-423-5510.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
DELIVERY DRIVER

Make a difference and get paid. It's not every day a casual job comes along that lets you make a difference to the community and pays you for the privilege. Anthony at Your Service employs about 15 men and women with intellectual disabilities who provide customized deliveries. But now, we've got a big job and our delivery teams need some help. 

We are looking for reliable, punctual people to fill slots at breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. You will be working alone. You will need your own vehicle, something big enough to deliver 3 to 4 insulated containers of meals (each container is 2 feet long, 2 feet high and 1.5 feet wide). Deliveries need to be picked up in the northwest part of the city and delivered to a social agency downtown. Deliveries for breakfast will be completed by 7:30 a.m. lunch deliveries by 11:30 a.m., and dinner deliveries by 4:30 p.m. 

If you are interested in all or some of these deliveries, or in being a substitute driver during the week, contact Deborah Barrett by June 9 at:
Anthony at Your Service
780-982-2051
deborah@anthonyatyourservice.com
VOLUNTEER WITH THE WORKS ART AND DESIGN FESTIVAL

The Works Art and Design Festival is seeking volunteers passionate about art and creating a vibrant, inclusive community. From June 22 to July 4, The Works takes over Churchill Square for 13 days, with pop up art galleries, live music, workshops and programming - entirely free to the public! In fact, this is North America's largest free, outdoor art festival. This means a strong volunteer team is needed to keep the festival running. 

As a volunteer you can expect daily perks including food and beverages, daily prize draws and an experience with the local and international art scene. A variety of positions need to be filled such as Exhibit Monitor, Festival Greeter, Family Programs Attendant, The Works Patio Crew, Bartender. The Volunteer Coordinator can discuss with you the details of each position and figure out what area aligns with your interests and skills. 

To fill out the application form or get more information visit www.theworks.ab.ca. Also feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@theworks.ab.ca or call at 780-426-2122 ext.230.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
MORE INFORMATION

Link Letter includes new items each week.  If you're looking for content that was included in a previous issue of Link Letter, refer to the ESCC website:

Submissions for Link Letter can be sent to memberservices@seniorscouncil.net.  Review our submission guidelines for more information.