June 22, 2017
Grants and Awards

Say thank you to volunteers who donate their time and energy to help ensure Albertans stay active and engaged in recreation. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism annually recognizes four volunteers who, through their volunteer commitment and dedication, have significantly enhanced the development of recreation in Alberta. Review the nomination package award criteria and submit your nomination by June 30, 2017. If you require additional information contact Alyssa Schwerman at 780-643-9487 (toll-free at 310-0000) or via email at alyssa.schwerman@gov.ab.ca.
Employment and Social Development Canada

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, businesses, small municipalities and other eligible recipients to improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through capital costs projects which include construction, renovation and/or retrofit activities and the provision of accessible technologies in workplaces and community spaces across Canada.

The EAF 2017 Call for Proposals includes a Workplace Accessibility and a Community Accessibility funding stream. The program will be accepting funding applications until July 26, 2017.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) prohibits sending commercial electronic messages to Canadians without their consent. As of July 1, 2017, nonprofit organizations which send e-newsletters, emails, texts, etc. must ensure they have express consent before communicating electronically. Read the Volunteer Alberta and Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations blog posts for further explanation and helpful resources to ensure you are compliant.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
June 29, 6 - 9 p.m.
The Almanac (10351 82 Avenue)

Join your peers for a night of wine, snacks and meaningful conversation. This is an excellent chance to connect with fellow Executive Directors and CEOs in the sector and learn from shared experiences.This Wine & Wisdom event will focus on innovation: How can a new executive director create space to innovate? How can we learn from the past? How do we drive innovation from inside? Where does an experienced executive director find the energy in the system to innovate?
June 29, 11 a.m. (Mountain)

Volunteers are more than simply an extra pair of hands. They bring special skills, are trusted service delivery partners, and can extend your connections with diverse communities far beyond your agency's doors. They are also key financial contributors, donating ten times more than non-volunteers.
The value of volunteers can't be ignored. But, effective volunteer engagement requires a focus on the right tactics at the right time to fully realize the power of volunteer time and talent.
In this webinar you will learn:
  • 7 fundamentals to successful volunteer coordination throughout the volunteer life cycle
  • A key best practice for attracting high-quality volunteers
  • A key to onboarding that will convert newcomers to reliable supporters
  • A key to inspiring better staff-volunteer relations and teamwork
  • A key to acknowledging volunteers that keeps them coming back
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Upcoming sessions: July 6 or July 20, August 1, 15 or 24

GAIN provides essential information to groups that conduct, or want to conduct, charitable gaming activities like bingos, casinos, pull ticket sales or raffles. Session information provides an overview of charitable gaming events and details on the following:
  • Legislation, regulation, and policies
  • Eligibility for gaming licensing
  • Licensing application process
  • Conducting a gaming event
  • Use of proceeds
  • Financial reporting requirements
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
SCONA Seniors Center

The SCONA Seniors Center is seeking a registered social worker whose responsibility it will be to provide opportunities for seniors to build a lasting, effective social network. This will be achieved through the planning and delivery of age appropriate programs and activities.

Diploma or degree of Social Work; proof of registration with the ACSW is required or must be obtained within the three month probationary period; understanding of the changing needs of seniors as they age and the implications of isolation and living in poverty; experience in program/activity planning and delivery; excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; gregarious, compassionate, patient, approachable, assertive; creative thinker, flexible, strong team player, clear personal and professional boundaries; ability to work independently in a fast paced environment; ability to lift and carry 25 pounds. Valid driver's license, proof of liability insurance in the amount of $2,000,000, clear driver's abstract, and a criminal record check are required.

This is a one year term position that will be extended dependent upon funding. The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions.
Seniors' Centre Without Walls

The Seniors' Centre Without Walls (SCWW) provides opportunities for isolated and homebound seniors to socialize, learn new skills and stay connected through a variety of free, interactive telephone-based social and health programming. The Program Assistant will support SCWW program activities, administrative tasks and data collection. This includes developing programming materials, registering new participants, data entry, conducting phone interviews, and running recreational programming throughout the week.

  • Diploma related to public health, recreation and wellness or social sciences is an asset
  • Experience in general administrative duties including data collection, preparing routine correspondence and general office procedures
  • Exceptional computer skills, including Microsoft Office, particularly, Access, Excel and Outlook
  • Excellent interpersonal and public relations skills
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the aging population skills to effectively motivate and facilitate participation in recreational programming
  • Group facilitation and active listening skills an asset
  • Understand the Alberta privacy laws and act according to those laws.
  • Should behave responsibly, be accountable and have excellent, problem solving/critical thinking skills.
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
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
June 29, 6 - 9 p.m.
$35 per person (includes all materials)

Join in an evening of fun, laughter, and socializing with friends while creating a one of a kind painting. This is a guided, step-by-step process that will be led by an instructor. It is recommended to wear appropriate clothing for painting. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
June 29, 12 p.m.
$9 members; $12 non-members

Come and share your stories of immigration to Canada and learn what makes this country so unique. Enjoy a special program that will make Canada's 150 anniversary an unforgettable one! Call 780-488-4241 for information.
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
June 30

The River Cree Casino & Resort shuttle will be taking a group out to the casino. Each person signed up gets $5 to gamble with, a lunch voucher and a parting gift. The shuttle will depart from the Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre at 11 a.m. and will return to the centre by 4 p.m. Call Stacey at 780-476-6595 ext. 2 to reserve your spot on the shuttle. There is no fee for this trip and all are welcome.
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
June 30, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$5 for the barbecue

Join in a fun-filled barbecue party across the road from the centre in the beautiful shady Joe Morris Park. Enjoy some cold iced tea, ice cream and cake and a great barbecue. There will be games for the young and old alike. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
July 13, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Whitemud Superstore (2nd floor, 4410 17 Street)
$15 member; $17 non-member

Whether you're a novice or a gourmet cook, the PC team will entertain you as they tempt your palates with delectable, but easy-to-prepare recipes you can use to motivate yourself to cook at home or to impress your friends and family. You will prepare and enjoy eating homemade pasta, Caesar salad (from scratch) and garlic butter buns. Registration is required by July 3.

The Attention and Action Lab at the University of Alberta is looking for licensed drivers over the age of 50 to participate in a study on driving and cognitive behavior. A $15/hour honorarium will be awarded to participants for an experiment lasting three hours on two consecutive days. For more information, contact the Attention and Action Lab at 780-492-7804 or drivingstudy17@gmail.com.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)

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