June 30, 2016
LINK LETTER SUMMER SCHEDULE

In July and August Link Letter will be published every second week. Look for it to be delivered to your email inbox on the following dates:
July 14
July 28
August 11
August 25
Seniors Sector News
CONSULTING SERVICES
What We Offer

Alberta Health is undertaking a review of continuing care regulations that expire in 2017. The regulations under review as part of the Nursing Homes and Home Care Regulations review include the following:
 
Nursing Homes Operation Regulation ;
Nursing Homes General Regulation; and ,
Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation.

Read the news release from the Government of Alberta. If you wish to participate in the review, you can do so by responding to an online survey

An opportunity to share information and provide your feedback at an upcoming session is also available. Please see the following invitation. Please RSVP your attendance and any specific dietary restrictions to Lisa Watson at Lisa.Watson@ahs.ca or 780-735-8814.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
AGE FRIENDLY EDMONTON INNOVATION FUND

Do you have an idea for a project that will support seniors in your community? The Age Friendly Edmonton Innovation Fund supports new projects that involve seniors and build local communities that value, respect and actively support the well-being of seniors. 

The Innovation Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 for community projects that best meet the following goals:
  • Community support services are inclusive and responsive in meeting the needs of seniors
  • The community is engaged in meeting the needs of seniors
Priority will be given to community leagues and other community-based organizations in Edmonton with not-for-profit status.
STARS OF ALBERTA VOLUNTEER AWARDS

The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Nominations are accepted until September 20.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
2016 ALBERTA NONPROFIT SURVEY
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

The Alberta Nonprofit Survey gathers data on finances, demand for services, staffing, and the economic outlook of Alberta's nonprofits and charities and is a valuable source of information on the state of the nonprofit sector in Alberta. The 2016 report is based on the analysis of 460 responses collected from nonprofit organizations across Alberta between February 2 and 26, 2016. 
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
YEAR-END CAMPAIGNS: STRATEGIES THAT WORK
Chronicle of Philanthropy
July 21, 2 p.m. EDT
$75 ($96 after July 14)

Many nonprofits raise 40 percent of their annual revenue during the holiday fundraising season. The webinar will offer fresh ideas for your critical year-end campaigns by sharing examples of approaches that worked at other nonprofits, offering tips for integrating direct-mail and online giving, and sharing strategies to help you plan a strong campaign to close 2016.
HOW TO START A SUCCESSFUL TWITTER PROGRAM FOR YOUR NONPROFIT!
CharityHowTo
July 28, 1 p.m. MDT or August 4, 11 a.m. MDT
$87

Large and small nonprofits are using Twitter to increase brand awareness, build influencer networks, and better serve their donors and volunteers, but Twitter isn't that easy to understand for the beginner. In this webinar, you will learn:
  • Why Twitter matters to nonprofits
  • Examples of successful small and medium-size nonprofits who use Twitter
  • How to define clear objectives for Twitter
  • How to create a Twitter profile that people will want to follow
  • How to find and engage influencers who already love your cause
  • How to craft tweets that drive traffic and get retweeted
  • How to attract your first 1,000 followers
  • How to create your first successful Twitter chat
  • How to Create Twitter cards for your website
  • Ten time-saving tips for nonprofits
  • Ten time-saving tools for nonprofits
MEASURING SUCCESS: HOW TO STRATEGICALLY ASSESS YOUR PROGRAM
Volunteer Match
August 4, 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern
Free

Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you're doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program. You'll learn criteria for success for your volunteer program and how you can work with others to create a culture of measurement for volunteer engagement.
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
Part-time Office Assistant
Central Lions Seniors Association

Working under the supervision of the Office Administrator, the Office Assistant will perform day to day administrative duties necessary to the operations of the Association. These duties will include but are not limited to normal office clerical and administrative duties, supervision and relief of Front Desk Volunteers, answering phones and assisting members with queries, and taking minutes at meetings as required.
 
Requirements: A good command of both written and spoken English is necessary. At least one year of business training and three years of office experience including a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office would be ideal. Experience working with volunteers or seniors would be a definite asset.
 
Please send resume to:  Terry Kozma, Board Chair of Central Lions Seniors Association at clsaboard@clsaedmonton.ca
 
Closing Date:  July 15, 2016

More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
SENIORS HOME ADAPTATION AND REPAIR PROGRAM (SHARP)
Government of Alberta

The Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP) will help senior homeowners to remain in their homes and maintain their independence by providing eligible seniors with a low-interest home equity loan to finance home repairs and adaptations. Examples of home repairs and adaptations covered under the program would be:
  • widening doorways or hallways to increase accessibility
  • installing walk-in tubs
  • roof replacements
  • plumbing and electrical repairs
SHARP will replace the home repair grants provided through the Special Needs Assistance for Seniors Program. A grant component will be available under SHARP to help lower-income seniors who do not qualify under the loan program, but require financial support for critical home repairs.

On July 1, 2016, the application form along with additional information about the program will be available on the Alberta Seniors and Housing website or by calling Alberta Supports at 780-644-9992 in Edmonton (1-877-644-9992 outside of the Edmonton calling area).
CANADA DAY BARBECUE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)
July 1, 2 - 4 p.m.
$10 (buy in advance or at the door)

Everyone is welcome for burgers, games, music, door prizes, 50/50 and more. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
WILLS AND ESTATES WORKSHOP
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
July 12, August 2, August 23 and September 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Stanley Milner Downtown Library

Learn about wills, powers of attorney and personal directives. This presentation is open to the public and no registration is required.
PRIVATE STREETCAR CHARTER WITH THE EDMONTON RADIAL RAILWAY SOCIETY
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
July 14, 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: 8379 103 St NW (north side of the Strathcona Farmers' Market building)
$15 member; $20 non-member

The Edmonton Radial Railway Society (ERRS) has the largest fleet of heritage streetcars in western Canada and operates two heritage streetcar routes in the city. We all have witnessed these historical vessels making their way through old Strathcona and now is your chance to experience a trip across the High Level Bridge for yourself. The ERRS museum will be open for you to browse prior to boarding. The car will leave at 7 p.m. sharp so please arrive with plenty of time to explore. Note that there are no washrooms on the streetcar. Call 587-987-3200 to register. 
IKEBANA: JAPANESE FLOWER ARRANGING
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
July 18, 10 - 11 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 - 19 Ave)
$15 member; $20 non-member

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature, it is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
K'DAYS PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH KLONDIE KATE SUE WHALEN
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524-139 Ave)
July 22, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
$5

Tickets are on sale until July 15. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
PERSONALIZED GROCERY SHOPPING VOLUNTEER
Edmonton Meals on Wheels

Edmonton Meals on Wheels is seeking people who want to make a difference by volunteering for their Store To Doorâ„¢ program. Store To Doorâ„¢ is a volunteer based personalized grocery shopping, delivery and shelving program for low income, homebound or disabled Edmontonians who are unable to do their own grocery shopping. For more information review a recent article or call the Edmonton Meals on Wheels office at 780-429-2020.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
MORE INFORMATION

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