June 9, 2016
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS ACTIVITIES ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY

Postmedia plans to publish a Seniors Activities & Programs supplement in the August 2016 issues of Today's Senior (Edmonton Journal) and Living 50 Plus (Edmonton Examiner). For this supplement Postmedia is open to ads focusing on activities, events, health and wellness programs, nutrition services, recreation programs, and volunteer opportunities for seniors.

The information sheet provides details on costs, deadlines, and ad specs. ESCC has arranged a meeting where a Postmedia representative will explain the advertising opportunity in more detail and answer any questions you have. You're not required to attend the meeting in order to participate in the ad supplement.
June 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Room 258 (Training Room) at Bonnie Doon Centre 8330 82 Avenue
RSVP to Katie at 780-428-3660 or admin@seniorscouncil.net by noon on Monday, June 13.
PROVINCIAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY ENGAGEMENT

The Government of Alberta is developing a strategy to improve the affordable housing system and ensure Albertans will have affordable housing options in the future. Affordable housing includes the Seniors Self-Contained Program and Seniors Lodge Program. 

Albertans are encouraged to review background documents to learn more about Alberta's affordable housing system and provide input that will inform the strategy by completing an online survey.
BOLAND NOT-FOR-PROFIT SECTOR SURVEY

The Boland Survey of Not-For-Profit Sector Salaries and Human Resource Practices provides the only source of comprehensive and affordable labour market and compensation data for the nonprofit sector. 

Results from the survey allow non-profit organizations to make informed decisions about compensation and other HR practices. Only participating organizations are eligible to purchase the survey reports. The survey will be open until September 1, 2016.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM INFO SESSIONS

In anticipation of the 2016  New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is hosting information and grant writing sessions to help with the preparation of applications. Two sessions are scheduled for Edmonton (June 14 and June 28) and there are some teleconference session as well.

RSVP to 1-844-836-8127 or by email to W-T-CSPD-SCEP-NHSP-PNHA-ABT-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca with your name, contact information, and the session of your choice. 

Through NHSP organizations may be eligible to receive a grant of up to $25,000 per year for projects that ensure seniors will benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.
ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS GRANTS

Alberta Culture and Tourism invites community event planners and organizations to apply for a Celebration Site Grant for Alberta Culture Days 2016. Alberta Culture Days runs September 30 to October 2, 2016. The deadline for applications is June 24, 2016.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Professional Development
MANAGING DIFFICULT VOLUNTEER TRANSITIONS
Volunteer Match
June 21, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Pacific / 2-3 p.m. Eastern
Free

What do you do when it's time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges. You'll learn:
  • How to prepare your organization for difficult transitions
  • How to identify transitions that need to be made
  • How to manage difficult transitions and strategies for ending the volunteering relationship
  • Where to go to get resources and help
HOW TO CREATE A NEWSLETTER THAT MOTIVATES DONORS TO GIVE AND GIVE AGAIN
CharityHowTo
June 21 or 29, 1 p.m. (MDT)
$77

This webinar will give you all the steps for creating a direct-mail newsletter that will motivate your donors to give and keep on giving. In this webinar you'll learn:
  • How to write the stories that capture your donors' hearts, donations, and long-term loyalty
  • How to package your newsletter for maximum impact
  • How to choose images that tell the right story
  • How to design your newsletter so donors will read, comprehend, and be transformed by it
THINK TANK CONVERSATION: IMPACT YOUR VOLUNTEER CULTURE
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
June 22, 9 - 11 a.m.
ECVO/ALIGN Training Room, Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre

What does a vibrant volunteer culture look like? How can you impact your culture? Engage in the THINK TANK format of probing questions and group discussions and evaluate your voluntary program practices. Learn from others, re-imagine your volunteer engagement culture and create strategies to impact your culture.
BOARD CULTURE MATTERS!
BoardSource
June 28,12 p.m. Mountain Time

Culture defines much of your work on and with a nonprofit board and you may not even realize it. This webinar will address:
  • Why board culture matters
  • How to assess your board culture
  • Communicating your board culture with members
  • How you can impact board culture
  • The role of the board chair, rogue board members, and how both can impact your board culture and mission work.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
ElderCare Edmonton
Free

The Caregiver Support Program offers a supportive place to address the challenges of caring for a senior. Caregivers can locate and access resources, navigate the healthcare system, complete necessary forms, access financial assistance and obtain respite services. Participate in one of the weekly facilitated caregiver support groups:
  • West: June 15, 21, and 29 and July 5, 13, 19 and 27 from 1:15 - 3:30 p.m. Location: 17203-99 Avenue Main Floor Boardroom
  • South: July 7, July 12, July 21, and July 26 from 1:30 - 3: 30 p.m. Location: 13B Fairway Drive (Home Instead Senior Care Education Room)
Call 780-434-4747 Ext # 2 for information or to register.
GO SOLO TRAVEL PROGRAM INFO SESSION
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
June 16, 10:30 a.m.
Free

This new program is for solo travelers who want to explore the world on their own but not alone. Learn about program features and exciting upcoming trips. Presented by AMA. Pre-register by June 14 by calling 780-423-5510 ext 301. Refreshments will be provided.
SENIORS INNOVATION FUND INITIATIVES MEETING
Twin Brooks Community League
June 16, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Twin Brooks Community League (11341 12 Avenue)

A group of volunteers in south west Edmonton has received funding from the Age Friendly Edmonton Innovation Fund to develop activities for seniors that emphasize intergenerational interaction between seniors and young people.

The Planning and Information Group invites you to attend a meeting to participate in discussion on ideas for events to be held from September to December 2016. Contact Ida (780-989-5431) or Mamdouh (587-988-0970) for more information.
SHORT STORIES ON THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 - 82 St.)
June 20, 4:34 p.m.

Enjoy a potluck dinner followed by short story readings from SEESA's very own Creative Writers and other local writers. If you're interested in reading a short story, sign up at the SEESA Front Desk. Remember to bring a potluck dish to share. Cash bar available. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
PAINTING IN THE PARK WORKSHOP
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)
June 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$25 + supplies (lunch included)

Draw in the morning, paint in the afternoon and enjoy a fun day in the sun! Take your pencils to the great outdoors and capture the beauty of nature by drawing trees, the lake and beautiful sky. Then finish back in the lab for an afternoon session of painting. Enjoy lunch on the deck overlooking the beautiful scenery. Contact 780-483-1209 to register and for information on supplies needed.
AN ARMCHAIR TOUR OF EDMONTON'S HISTORICAL BUILDINGS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
June 22, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 - 19 Avenue)
$10/member; $15/non-member

Take a "trip" through some of Edmonton's and Strathcona's best-known buildings with Johanne Yakula, University of Alberta Instructor, Visual Arts and Residential Interiors Certificate Programs. Learn about the colourful characters who owned local pieces of history.  Pre-register by calling 587-987-3200.
BOOK SALE
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
June 23 and 24, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and June 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Stock your library from the large selection of fiction and non-fiction books including cookbooks, biographies, political history, Canadiana, etc. Mouth-watering food for sale and on June 24 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. you can get your hands done by a henna artist. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
IPAD FOR BEGINNERS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
July 19 and 26, 2 p.m.
$2 for both sessions

Presented by EPL for those who want to learn more about using an iPad and the many features it offers. Also learn to access EPL info, books and more from your iPad. Bring your own iPad if you have one or there will be a few to demo. Come to one session or both. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext 301.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS SESSION: MY THIRD EAR
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 - 120 St.)
June 28, 10 - 11 a.m.
Free

Cindy Gordon of Bridges Support Services presents information on coping with hearing loss including: 
  • Recognizing unrealistic expectations you may have of hearing aids
  • Accepting the reality of hearing loss
  • Learning to laugh at the foibles of hearing loss
Call 780-451-1925 to sign up.
SUN, FUN & SKIN
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
June 29, 1 p.m.

This is the time of year we all love to be outdoors enjoying the sun, but it is also skin cancer risk season. Learn more about skin cancer prevention, what to look for and what to be concerned about when you see changes on your skin. Call 780-488-4241 for information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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