June 6, 2019
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS' WEEK PROCLAMATION

Mayor Don Iveson officially proclaimed this week as Seniors' Week at the June 4 Edmonton City Council meeting. Representatives from the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and Sage Seniors Association were on hand to accept the proclamation. Thank you to Edmonton City Council for acknowledging how Edmonton seniors enrich our community!
From left: Councillor Mohinder Banga; Alex Paterson and Mary Whale of ESCC's Board of Directors; Sheila Hallett, ESCC Executive Director; Bernice Sewell, Sage Seniors Association Operations Manager; Councillor Andrew Knack; and Mayor Don Iveson
PROMOTE YOUR 
SENIORS PROGRAMMING

Activity listings
If your organization offers group programs, activities, and events for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area, ESCC is happy to include them in the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults

We welcome submissions from all kinds of Edmonton organizations. Last year's contributors included seniors centres, community leagues, theatre/dance groups, private fitness studios, sports clubs, City of Edmonton facilities, and cultural groups. 

The directory is a very popular publication and it's a good opportunity for your organization to get exposure for your programming. There is no charge to include your activities in this annual publication. 

Review last year's edition of the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults to get an idea of the types of activities included and contact Janelle at janelle@seniorscouncil.net or 780-423-5635 ext. 1 to get a submission form. The deadline for submissions is June 28, 2019. 

Advertising
We also invite organizations which offer recreation and wellness programs or services to advertise in the directory. Directory ads will provide your organization with exposure to thousands of older adults and those who support them. 

If you are interested in advertising in the 2019/2020 edition of the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults, review the advertising package and contact Janelle if you have any questions. Advertising commitments must be received by June 28, 2019.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Learning Opportunities
ENDING LONELINESS AND SOCIAL ISOLATION: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE
Tamarack Institute
June 19, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Loneliness and social isolation are now being recognized as public health issues in Ontario. In his recent report, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David C. Williams highlights the growing evidence that loneliness and social isolation have negative impacts on our health and wellbeing. He also recognizes the need to understand how community structures have shifted over time and why some Ontarians may do not have a stronger sense of belonging.

Increasing connectedness and sense of belonging are complex community issues which require organizations, groups, governments, and citizens to work together. No one sector working alone can effectively address complex community issues. In the webinar, Paul Born will sit down with Dr. David Williams to discuss his annual report, Connected Community: Healthier Together and explore how public health can help communities to build more connected communities.
IS YOUR ADVOCACY MAKING A DIFFERENCE? A FRAMEWORK FOR EVALUATING YOUR CAMPAIGN
Grantspace
June 20, 12 - 1:30 p.m. (Mountain)
$49 USD

This webinar will look at the challenges for evaluating advocacy and ways to apply general evaluation methods successfully. The presenters will introduce a framework that will help you track progress even when there are setbacks. They will share guidelines for how to make sure you are choosing good progress indicators that fit your campaign or initiative and that are feasible to track. They'll also share a few resources on methods unique to advocacy evaluation that can help you broaden your data collection options. 
BYLAWS REFRESHER - A SOCIETY BYLAWS OVERVIEW
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
June 20, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: ECVO Training Room, Room 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre (8330 82 Ave.)
$65 ECVO member; $95 general public


The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is partnering with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis to deliver a bylaws session for non-profits registered under the Societies Act.

This session will be an in-depth exploration of the areas that you need to cover, key questions your board and membership need to answer, and recommendations on how to structure your bylaws to support your organization in moving forward. Attendees of the session will be able to ask the experts present questions directly related to their organization.

You will be provided with resources, templates, and a set of proven practices to help you modify, edit, or build your next set of bylaws.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
THURSDAY LUNCHEON WITH ENTERTAINMENT
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
June 20, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$10/member and $12/non-member

This is the last luncheon before Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society breaks for the summer. Enjoy a barbecue and entertainment by the Chwyll Brothers. You must purchase your tickets in advance. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
JOINING A BOARD OF DIRECTORS: WHAT ARE YOU GETTING YOURSELF INTO?
Charity Village
June 20, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free
 
Being a board member for the first time means a lot of things: taking on significant responsibility, doing a tremendous service, and committing to learning a lot of new things. But what does a board member actually do? What are your roles, responsibilities and duties? How much time should you expect to commit? What expertise do you need to bring to the table? Many people join boards without knowing the answers to these questions, which sometimes makes the reality of board membership a bit surprising, to say the least.

This webinar will provide participants with guidance about what boards expect of you, and what you should expect from your board. It will cover the fundamentals about being a director, bust some myths, and help to get you ready for board membership.
CANCER AND CAREGIVING
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
June 26, 12:15 p.m.
Free

This presentation by experienced staff from the Cross Cancer Institute is focused on cancer and caregiving. However, some of the practical resources and psychological information that are provided in the presentation have relevance for caregiving in general. The presenters will outline strategies for psychological coping from a self-compassion perspective and describe resources that can assist patients and caregivers to manage the cancer experience. An opportunity for questions will be provided. This presentation, coffee, and cookies are complimentary. Call 780-433-5807 to reserve your spot.
TECHNOLOGY CLASSES FOR SENIORS
University of Alberta Technology Training Centre (B-11 Cameron Library, University of Alberta)
$25 each

The Technology Training Centre offers Tech Savvy Seniors classes on a variety of topics. Check out their summer offerings:
June 26: Introduction to Social Media
July 10: Taking Better Photos with Your Smart Phone
July 24: Senior's Tech Q&A
August 21: Sharing Photos from your Smart Phone
OUTING TO THE FREEWILL SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: THE WINTER'S TALE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
June 27, 8 - 10:30 p.m.
Location: William Hawrelak Park (9930 Groat Road)
$30

Join a group from SWESA attending the Freewill Shakespeare Festival to see The Winter's Tale. The Winter's Tale was originally published in the First Folio of 1623. Although it was grouped among the comedies, some modern editors have relabeled the play as one of Shakespeare's late romances. Some critics consider it to be one of Shakespeare's "problem plays" because the first three acts are filled with intense psychological drama, while the last two acts are comedic and supply a happy ending.

This is a self-drive event. The group will meet at the gate at 7:15 p.m. and be seated as a group. Food and drink are available for purchase. Please be prepared for the weather. Registration is required by June 24. Call SWESA at 587-987-3200.
BIG BIN EVENTS

Save yourself a trip to the dump! The City of Edmonton Big Bin Events allow residents to recycle or dispose of household items too large for regular garbage collection for free. The website includes a list of accepted materials, dates, and locations around the city.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
MORE INFORMATION

Link Letter includes new items each week.  If you're looking for content that was included in a previous issue of Link Letter, refer to the ESCC website:

Submissions for Link Letter can be sent to memberservices@seniorscouncil.net.  Review our submission guidelines for more information.