June 27, 2019
Announcement: Link Letter Summer Schedule
In July and August Link Letter will be published every two weeks instead of every week. Look for Link Letter in your inbox on:
  • July 11 and 25
  • August 8 and 22
Weekly issues return September 5.
Learning Opportunities
Charity Village
July 11, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

This webinar will focus on helping you navigate conflict more effectively. You will gain effective ways to anticipate, prevent and manage conflict situations and, since practical application is the key to sustained learning, you will identify actions to advance learning in your workplace.
Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)
July 17, 11 a.m. (Pacific)
$125 members; $250 non-members (USD)

Digital literacy programs are designed to help participants overcome barriers to actively participate in a digital society. But what about participants with physical or cognitive disabilities?  To address the needs of all digital literacy participants, practitioners need to ensure that their programs and spaces include people of all abilities. This is possible when practitioners know the fundamentals of accessible communication, assistive technologies (both hardware and software), and adaptive spaces. Learn more about digital literacy and accessibility in this engaging course
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
July 18, 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)
$79 USD early bird; $99 USD regular

Today's donors want to see results. Whether you are writing a grant proposal, seeking a big gift from a philanthropist, or hoping to attract new annual donors, it is vital to convey your impact. This  one-hour webinar will demonstrate how to show your results in donor-friendly ways, using a variety of real-world examples - including infographics and online "dashboards" that track results over time.

More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
Sage Seniors Association

Sage Seniors Association is seeking a Virtual Seniors Centre Project Coordinator to oversee the planning, execution, and implementation of their Virtual Seniors Centre Project. This position will work closely with the Director of Research and Community Engagement to stay on target and engage seniors, partners, and other stakeholders throughout the project.

The successful candidate will have a diploma or degree in Marketing/Communications, Human Ecology, Gerontology or other relevant education. Experience working or volunteering with seniors and content development experience are preferred. A Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector is required for this role.

This is a temporary position ending December 31, 2020. Hours of work will range from 15-30 hours a week depending on the needs of the project. Review the posting for a full job description and details regarding application instructions. The application deadline for this position is July 5, 2019.

More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
Various Host Organizations
July 1-7

For more than 20 years, the Edmonton and District Historical Society has proudly presented the annual Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton. During the festival, community arts and heritage organizations and historic places throughout Edmonton open their doors for a solid week of fascinating events. The festival theme for 2019 is "Leisure in Edmonton". A selection of festival events is featured below. For a full events listing, please click here.

Doors Open Festival - Alberta Aviation Museum History Tour
Alberta Aviation Museum (11410 Kingsway Avenue)
July 1-7, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Admission by donation

Doors Open Festival - Take a Train Ride into History
Alberta Railway Museum (24215 - 34 Street)
July 1, 6, 7;  10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
$10 adults; $8 seniors/students; $5 children 3-12; free for children 2 years and under

Doors Open Festival ­- Garden Time = Peace of Mind
Rutherford House (11153 Saskatchewan Drive)
July 2 - 7; 10 a.m. - 4 pm. Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sun
Regular admission rates apply
$7 adults; $6 seniors/students; $20 family (2 adults and youths, up to 8 people); free for children aged 0-6
Pre-registration is required for Sunday, July 7. 
Call 780-427-3995 for more information.

Summer is in full swing and along with the season comes a host of fun day trips to explore the great Albertan outdoors. There is still space available in a number of day trips, including the following trips listed below. For more information about day trips for seniors, review our list of summer day trips.

Prospects Baseball Game Outing
July 12, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Edmonton Riverboat and Lunch
July 18, 12:30 p.m.

Aga Khan and Botanical Gardens Tour
July 23, 9:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Barr Estate Winery 
July 25, 11:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bus Trip: Ellis Bird Farm
July 31, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Prairie Gardens & Opal Garden BBQ: Bus Tour
August 6, 9 a.m.

Blue Suede Musical Festival
August 24, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mill Woods Seniors Association (#201 2610 Hewes Way)
Various Dates

Join the Mill Woods Seniors Association for some awesome summer programs. Programs include fitness classes and drop-in sports, such as badminton, floor curling and pickleball. Check out the MWSA website for latest program guide or pick up a copy in person.  Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Wednesdays, 6:45 p.m.
$8 members; $11 non-members

Dance to different bands every week. Enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise. Singles are welcome.

July 3: Convertibles
July 10: Chwill Brothers
July 17: Ghost Riders
July 24: Diamonds
July 31: Chwill Brothers
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
July 8, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

Join SWESA for the latest updates on political, economic and market developments that are currently affecting your retirement savings and investment strategies now and into the future. This review will look at 2019 and provide guidance on what to expect for the rest of the year.
Comfort Keepers
July 12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)

This resource caravan will connect seniors with health and wellness services. See an engaging fitness presentation that will teach you about activities you can do from the comfort of home. Guests also have the chance to win door prizes and a 50/50 draw. Lunch will be provided.
Call 780-451-1952 to RSVP.
Call 780-465-4665 to book free transportation.
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
July 9 & 16, August 6 & 13
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
$25 members; $60 non-members

Do you have two left feet when it comes to dancing? The good news is - anyone can dance!  Laugh, learn and have fun trying the Waltz, Rhumba, Swing, Fox Trot and Two Step. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
South East Edmonton Seniors Activity Centre (9350 82 Street)
July 12, 7 p.m.

Come out for a fun evening of socialization and exercise. Refreshments are included and a cash bar is available for members and invited guests (if you're reading this, consider yourself invited!)
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
July 27, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find your very own "new" treasures. Shop from many tables inside and out. Once you've worked up an appetite from shopping, get some food and snacks at the concession.  If you would like to rent a table to sell your items, call  780-451-1925. First come, first served.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer and Work Opportunities for Seniors
Alberta Health Services "Better Health, Better Choices" Workshops

Alberta Health Services is seeking friendly volunteer Lay Leaders to help run their Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. The program is a 6-week workshop for people living with chronic health conditions and their caregivers. Workshops are held for 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks.

Alberta Health Services is looking for empathetic, non-judgemental and dependable Lay Leaders who have experience either living with a chronic health condition or living close to someone with a chronic health condition. Applicants should have access to consistent transportation and be able to commit to facilitating a 6-week workshop with a co-facilitator. Applicants should have good public speaking skills and be comfortable speaking to groups of 10-15 participants.

To apply, please send a completed registration form and current resume to the Program Coordinator. Following a successful interview, the Program Coordinator will provide details about next steps.  Call 780-735-1080 for more information.

Click here for the registration form.
Click here for the full position description.
(links to the ESCC Volunteer and Work Opportunities for Seniors web page)

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