June 13, 2019
Resources
ALBERTA NONPROFIT SURVEY

The Alberta Nonprofit Survey compiled by CCVO is the only source of Alberta-specific research on the experience of the Alberta nonprofit sector. The annual survey informs reports that describe the state of the sector and influence advocacy efforts. Help create a comprehensive picture of the sector by adding your organization's data into the survey. The survey is open until June 30.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
CONVERSATION CAFE: WHAT CAN THE OLDER ADULTS NEEDS ASSESSMENT 2019 TELL US?
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
June 24, 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Location: Ital-Canadian Seniors Drop-In Centre (9111 110 Avenue)
Free
 
Between October 2018 and February 2019, the City of Edmonton conducted the Older Adults Needs Assessment to understand the needs of older adults in our community. The research focused on issues specific to the needs of older adults in Edmonton, including participation in activities, volunteering, technology use, intergenerational connectedness, social isolation and loneliness, safety and financial security, aging-in-place, and ageism.

ESCC's June conversation cafe will highlight key sections of the report and provide an opportunity for you to dig deeper into how this information can be relevant to your organization and the seniors you serve via programs, services, and organizational policies.

Parking is available in the lot west of the centre. Overflow parking is available in the Commonwealth Stadium Parking Lot.

RSVP by June 18 using the online registration page. If you are unable to register online, call Katie at 780-428-3660 or email admin@seniorscouncil.net.

Closed captioning will be available.
TELL A GOOD STORY: CRAFTING MISSION STATEMENTS AND MESSAGES FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION
Big Duck
June 20, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Creating simple, memorable ways to speak and write consistently about your organization's work can be transformational. Clearly defined and consistently implemented mission statements and messaging platforms are key to ensuring that all points of contact with your organization reinforce the right messages. This webinar will share how to evaluate and evolve your mission statement and craft key messages, boilerplate statements, and elevator pitches that are memorable and consistent.
5 WEIRDLY EASY LIFE HACKS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR FUNDRAISING WORK MUCH BETTER
CharityHowTo
June 25, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

This webinar highlights five "tricks" that will make your fundraising tasks a bit easier, less time-consuming, and more effective. They'll help you start your projects on the right foot, align your thinking and strategy with donor motivations, write stronger copy, stay on target, and raise more money.
INTRODUCTION TO CORPORATE GIVING
Grantspace
June 26, 12 - 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

Is your organization ready to seek corporate support? Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This webinar provides a basic overview of:
  • The different types of corporate giving
  • What motivates corporations to give
  • How to find potential corporate partners
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
LIFE ENRICHMENT SUMMER STUDENT
Sage Seniors Association

Life Enrichment programming at Sage seeks to foster a culture of inclusion and engagement, enhance the quality of life of participants, and address the physical, emotional, and social needs of older people. This position will work collaboratively with the Life Enrichment Coordinator to provide support and assistance to programs and activities, peer-coordinated groups, and clubs offered at Sage, including supervision and support of program volunteers and instructors.

The successful candidate should currently pursue a degree or diploma in Human Ecology, Recreational Therapy or other relevant education. Experience working or volunteering with seniors in a social services or recreation capacity is an asset. To undergo Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector is required.

This is a temporary full-time (35 hours per week) position ending August 30, 2019. View a complete job description and submit your cover letter and resume by June 21.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
BOOK SALE
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
June 20-21, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and June 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Strathcona Place Society is using generous donations from companies and patrons and selling the books at a low cost to make the books accessible to everyone. Anyone is welcome to purchase any of the books. After June 22 the sale will continue until August 30 during week days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
MIGRAINES/HEADACHES
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
June 24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

If you were unable to attend Dr. Kang's first session, he returns to answer frequently asked questions about:
  • migraines versus headaches
  • new research on migraines/headaches
  • what you can do today to better track your migraines/headaches
  • Nucca upper cervical care
Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
JUNE MONTHLY DINNER
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
June 27, doors 4:30 p.m. and dinner 5:30 p.m.
$15

Beef kabobs and other tasty accompaniments are on the menu. The entertainment features music by Todd Reynolds who has a catalog of songs from a Celtic to contemporary and has been honing his repertoire for many years. Tickets available in advance only until June 26 at noon if not sold out. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
LUNCH AND A SHOW
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 St.)
June 28, doors 11:30 a.m., lunch 12 p.m.
$10

Enjoy lunch with friends and then watch an exciting show. The menu features hotdogs, nachos and cheese, a treat, and punch. Purchase your tickets by June 21. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
THE SENIORS ACTOR WORKSHOP
GeriActors
Fridays, July 5 - August 9, 3 - 5 p.m. (Drop in for one session or stay for all six weeks)
Location: Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Cost: Pay-What-You-Will (GeriActors believes everyone should be able to participate. There is a suggested rate of $10-15 per session, but it is not necessary. The workshops are made affordable so that everyone can join in.)

Ever acted or never acted? The Senior Actor Workshop is the perfect place to begin. Through storytelling, theatre games, improv, laughter, and fun you can use your imagination and watch your memories come alive.  The workshop features stress-free acting. There are no lines to be learnt and there are lots of laughs.

Register by contacting Becca Barrington at 780-248-1556 or geriactors.friends@gmail.com.
GUITAR, MANDOLIN AND UKULELE WORKSHOPS
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
July and August
$15 each

Central Lions Seniors Association is bringing back memories of summer camps with four workshops this summer for the acoustic guitar, mandolin and ukulele.

Music of the Caribbean: Jamaica & Cuba - SM04
Ska (Simmer Down, the Wailers), Reggae (stir It Up in the key of A, Bob Marley)
July 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Evolution of the Blues - SM05
One Chord Mississippi (Rolling Stone by Muddy Waters, in the key of E). Three basic barre chords for swing rhythm guitar (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, the Andrews Sisters, in the key of A).
July 18, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

American Roots: Country & Rockabilly - SM06
Rhythm with bass runs: Maybelle Carter (Wildwood Flower in the key of C). Accompaniment and solo style of Carl Perkins (blue Suede Shoes in the key of A).
August 8, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Music of Eastern Europe - SM07
The minor pentatonic scale and basic arpeggios. Rubato Playing: Dark Eyes (ochi Chornya in D minor). Gypsy rhythm guitar ("la Pompe"): Minor Swing (Django Reinhardt).
August 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For more information check out www.CentralLions.org or call 780-496-7369.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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