March 15, 2018
Grants and Awards

The Edmonton Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Vital Signs Grant which supports initiatives designed to increase the sense of belonging to community. 

Priority will be given to projects serving people with a high risk of social isolation as identified in the Vital Signs report (those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative. Charities can only receive one grant per calendar year. Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiatives. Examples of initiatives that might be supported include events, pilots or prototypes, initiatives that may help marginalized communities be more engaged with existing programming, and organizational or community learning opportunities.

The next deadline is June 15, 2018 for initiatives after August 1, 2018.
For more information contact ECF's Grants Team at or by phone at 780-426-0015.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)

In the wake of recent cyber attacks, nonprofit organizations with unsophisticated cyber security measures may be concerned. This article provides eight tips for how nonprofits can strengthen their security.

Memory cafes are part of the growing movement to make communities dementia-friendly and are for individuals living with Alzheimer's or a related disorder and they are also for family members, friends, and professional caregivers of these individuals. The cafes offer social connection, support, invigorating activity, and information. They can be developed and run by many types of organizations including seniors centres, social service or health care providers, faith communities, colleges, museums, restaurants, and more.

Jewish Family & Children's Service in Boston has developed the Memory Cafe Toolkit which provides instructions to help launch and sustain a memory cafe as well as templates that can be downloaded and adapted.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
March 29, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)

You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn't help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You'll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements, how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff - paid and volunteer - in this work. You'll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, Government of Alberta, and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
April 12, 6 - 10 p.m.
Location to be determined

Is your organization looking to update its bylaws to stay current in an evolving non-profit sector? This session for non-profits registered under the Societies Act will explore bylaw requirements, recommendations, and proven practices.

You will walk out of the session with a deeper knowledge of bylaws, how they are structured, key clauses that you need to include and a series of questions that you will need to explore with your organization. This will provide you with the framework to update, change, or create your next set of bylaws. 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. Attendees will also be able to ask questions directly related to their organization.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and Talent Pool
April 12, 8:30 a.m. - noon
Santa Maria Goretti Centre (11050 90 Street)

With legal marijuana just around the corner, employers need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities. Organizations and HR professionals need to answer questions regarding acceptable level of use, required policies and procedures, and violation of rules.

Using the "Workplace marijuana possession/use" case study, this session will discuss the myths and realities of cannabis usage in the workplace, including types of cannabis products, medical marijuana, recreational uses, human rights vs privacy vs safety, and workplace readiness. 
Charity Village
April 19, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

This webinar provides plain language information and resources about the compliance obligations of Canadian registered charities. It also covers the top Canada Revenue Agency concerns for Canadian registered charities including: recent developments involving the CRA including their move to electronic forms for charity applications and filing the T3010, official donation receipts, staying within a charity's legal objects, and how to handle a CRA charity audit.
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

The Administrative Coordinator position has significant impact on the culture and operations of Sage Seniors Association, as the individual in this role engages with the staff, volunteers, and seniors on a regular basis. 

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by March 30.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 93 Street)
March 18, 2 - 4 p.m.

Colin Hatcher, Railway Historian, will make a short presentation at 3 p.m. on the Bonnie Doon Streetcar. There is no admission charge thanks to sponsor Age Friendly Edmonton. Sponsors helped fund a display project, matching local youth to seniors and their stories. Displays have been developed on diverse topics, e.g. Women and Work, Transportation in Bonnie Doon, Bonnie Doon's Sports Heroes, Immigrant Stories, etc. These complement the 100th anniversary book project, Memories of Bonnie Doon, which is scheduled for publication in September 2018.

Bonnie Doon Hall is wheelchair accessible. Tea, coffee, cakes and squares will be served. Seniors are welcome to bring their families and grandchildren. There will be special activities for the kids.

For more information contact Dolores at 780-910-1599 or Margaret at 780-469-1179. For more information about the Bonnie Doon Community League, check out
Southwest Senior's Outreach Society
$10/member or $12/non-member

Come enjoy a hot meal followed by entertainment. On March 22, entertainment is by Tyler and Tyler. The Easter Luncheon with Southwest Seniors Choir performing is March 29 (this is a pre-pay luncheon). Both these luncheons are at 10832 62 Avenue. 

There will be no luncheon on April 5 or 12. Starting April 19 luncheons will be held at Pleasantview Community League (10860 57 Avenue). Doors open as early as 10:30 a.m. but you can purchase your ticket until noon. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
March 27, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

A half-day workshop designed to walk you through everything you need to know about plumbing systems in your home. The instructor will explain what you need to know about hiring contractors and what you should look for when there is a problem with the plumbing or water systems in the house.
Sign up in advance in person at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 if you have questions.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 29, 6 - 9 p.m.
$30 (includes all material)

No experience is necessary for this fun activity. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
March 29, 1:30 p.m.
$6/$8 at the door

The topic for this Philosopher's Cafe is Land of Second Chances - Refugees and the Challenge of Making a New Home with presenter Dr. David Goa. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
April 3, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

EPCOR is proposing to build a new solar farm on their property just south of the existing E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant near Cameron Heights. If approved, the solar farm will generate renewable energy to help power the existing E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant and its water treatment and distribution processes, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about the project, all of the factors being considered and where the plans go from here. 
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
April 13, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Join Richard and Deborah Popovich for a night of great music and comedy. Tickets on sale until April 6. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)

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