June 23, 2016
Seniors Sector News

Age Friendly Edmonton has released an engaging collection of stories that demonstrates how the work of Age Friendly Edmonton is improving life for Edmonton seniors. The Aging Better Together storybook features ideas and initiatives that can be emulated to make Edmonton a city that's happier, safer, friendlier, warmer, and more interesting, for everyone of every age.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is now accepting applications for 2016-17 Community-Based Projects. NHSP supports projects led or inspired by seniors which address one or more of the following five program objectives:
  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
If you need more information, a pre-recorded information session is available or you can call 1-800-277-9914 and select "0" to speak with an agent (TTY: 1-800-255-4786). The deadline to apply is July 29, 2016.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)

The Alberta Centre for Active Living loans pedometer kits to health promotion and workplace wellness practitioners in Alberta. Kits have either 36 or 18 pedometers. The standard loan period is one month, there is no charge for borrowing the kits and the kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
July 19, 1 p.m. MDT or July 28, 11 a.m. MDT

This webinar will show you step-by-step the proven tactics to help your nonprofit find, recruit and manage special event volunteers to ensure a successful event and keep volunteers coming back including:
  • How to Set the Foundation to Increase Volunteer Participation
  • How to Set Up Your Volunteer Recruitment to Boost Pre-Event Buzz
  • How to Identify and Engage Others to Help You Spread the Word
  • How to Prepare Volunteers for Success
  • How to Manage Volunteers on Event Day(s) So You Aren't Stuck Doing It All
  • How to Follow Up and Keep Them Coming Back for events and Other Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Match
July 27, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pacific / 2 - 3 p.m. Eastern

Too often organizations don't think about the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose their organizations to risks. These risks may include the actions of staff and volunteers, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers and how failing to screen for characteristics or "fit" can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.
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
Sage Seniors Association

Reporting to the Board of Directors, and working with a professional team of staff, the Executive Director is responsible for the leadership of the organization, and the oversight of all operations, finances and relationships.

The successful candidate will:
  • Understand the changing face of seniors in society, and expand the dialogue from advocacy to engagement
  • Encourage the development of innovative programs, and help secure funding for same
  • Be nimble and able to lead in a dynamic environment
  • Be an innovative thought-leader, adept at systems-thinking, able to see beyond the status quo, with the ability to take calculated risks
  • Be a relationship broker, collaborator and influencer
  • Robustly use data and insight to translate what is happening in the field, into progressive strategies and actions for the future
  • Share Sage's values and high standards of personal accountability
  • Sustain and grow Sage's reputation, relationships and operations
  • University degree in a relevant discipline
  • Successful record of achievement as a leader in a client-focused, service delivery organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a Board of Directors
  • Proven capacity for collaboration and relationship building with external stakeholders
  • Strong people-leadership and team skills
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Leadership experience in the human services field
  • Business and financial acumen
  • Government relations experience would be an asset
  • Knowledge of the charitable/non-profit sector, especially the seniors sector would be an asset
Review the complete job posting and job description for details on the position and application instructions. The application deadline is July 4.
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA)

SEESA is seeking an Administrative Assistant to work July 11 to August 26, 2016.

  • Update an inventory database. Items included in this inventory will be office and building furniture, general equipment, costumes and props.
  • Work on the Front Desk including answering the phone and greeting members as they arrive in the centre, processing payment for membership, clubs or classes, writing receipts and recording the transaction.
  • Order monthly WeCan food baskets as well as weekly order and inventory Meals on Wheels frozen meals and SAGE Savories & office supplies
  • Scan paper documents to files on the office server. While performing this project, the procedure will need to be recorded and written in easy to follow instructions for future users.
  • Assist with the data collection and recording of surveys. This may include phone calls, interviews, emails etc. The summary of the data collected will also need to be recorded.
  • A good strong command of the English language written and spoken is necessary.
  • A solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word, and Publisher) is required.
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The closing date is June 27, 2016 (noon).
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors

Two online public surveys are now open for Albertans to provide feedback on legislation related to access to nursing homes, home support services (e.g., light housekeeping, laundry), meal requirements, meeting the needs of caregivers and more. The surveys will be open until midnight on July 31.

The surveys are part of the review of the Nursing Homes Operation Regulation and Nursing Homes General Regulation (under the Nursing Homes Act), and the Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation (under the Public Health Act).
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
June 30, 11:30 a.m.

Don your red and white for a barbecue party at Joe Morris Park. Also enjoy free cake, pins and flags. Bring your water pistol or bubbles and have enjoy some water fun. A celebration to enjoy with kids, families and neighbors Call 780-433-5807 for information.
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
July 4, 7 p.m.
Location: Capilano Library (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue)

The workshop covers: Making a valid will, responsibilities of an executor, Powers of Attorney, Personal Directives and where to get legal help. Call 496-1802 to RSVP.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA) 
July 6, 8 - 10:30 p.m.
$25 members; $30 non-members

Join SWESA for an outing to see Romeo and Juliet at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival in the Heritage Amphitheatre at William Hawrelak Park. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
July 6, 10:45 a.m.
$9 (if 20 participants); $10.50/person for 65+ (less than 20 participants)

Escape to the Pyramids! Meet at the Muttart Conservatory for a guided tour beginning at 11 a.m. You can also order a box lunch ($6) at Strathcona Place for the tour. Call 780-433-5807 by June 28 to register for the trip and order the box lunch.
Healthy Aging Phone Chat
July 7, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Participate in this interactive session for caregivers without leaving your home. Discussion will focus on creating better emotional and physical health by learning stress management techniques. To register, contact Dauna Thomson at 780-735-3061 or by email at dauna.thomson@ahs.ca.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
July 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 - 19 Ave)
$2 members; $5 non-members

Joan Brady from Dying with Dignity will look at current rights of patients, review the court challenges leading to the Supreme Court decision, look at how other jurisdictions have implemented physician-assisted dying, and examine recommendations from the all parliamentary committee. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 - 82 St.)
July 8, 7 p.m.
$10/person at the door

The July dance features the music of the Melody Makers. Refreshments are included with admission and a cash bar available. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
July 14, starting at 10 a.m.

You know summer's here when the Edmonton Street Performers Festival begins in Churchill Square! Strathcona Place 55+ Centre has arranged an outing to the festival through the Seniors on the Go Program offered by Edmonton Transit. The outing includes a presentation on the age-friendly and accessible features of ETS, a neighborhood guide for use in your own community, and an opportunity to ride an ETS bus or LRT. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors

Westend Seniors Activity Centre is recruiting a Choir Director for fall 2016. If you are interested in music, and have some experience or passion in leading a choir, contact Monique at 780-483-1209.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)

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