March 23, 2017
Seniors Sector News
ESCC AGM 
with panel discussion 
SOCIAL CONNECTION IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD
April 28, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Ital-Canadian Seniors Centre (9111 110 Avenue)
Parking is available west of the building, east of the building in the Commonwealth Stadium parking lot and on the street.

We would like to invite our members, partners and supporters to join us as we look at the work of the past year and provide updates on our current projects. There will also be opportunities to network and make new connections, so we hope you can join us. 

Social Connection in a Fragmented World  
We are pleased to welcome City of Edmonton Councillor Scott McKeen and Michael Phair as our guest speakers. The issue of urban isolation prompted Councillor McKeen to launch a Council initiative aimed at raising awareness of the value of connection to a supportive community as a way to address stress, depression, loneliness and isolation. Michael Phair has been championing isolation reduction in the LGBTQ seniors' community for several years. This work has focused on creating a supportive community which is inclusive and welcoming.  Join us as these two gentlemen reflect on where they see promise in reduction of isolation and what that means for Edmonton seniors. 

RSVP by April 21 using the online registration page, or by calling Katie at 780-428-3660 or by emailing admin@seniorscouncil.net. 
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
NO PLACE TO GROW OLD: HOW CANADIAN SUBURBS CAN BECOME AGE-FRIENDLY
Institute for Research on Public Policy

Today seniors prefer to "age at home," but most older residents who do wish to stay in their own neighbourhoods have limited options. The publication suggests that municipalities refocus community planning efforts to adapt suburbs and transportation networks to meet the needs of Canada's aging population.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
BUILDING HEALTHY FUNDER-GRANTEE RELATIONSHIPS
Stanford Social Innovation Review
April 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (Pacific)
$55

Building authentic relationships between funders and nonprofits takes time and hard work, but there is no better way to achieve maximum impact within the communities we serve. Join this webinar to learn how funders and nonprofits can create better relationships in order to make real and lasting change in people's lives. This webinar will explore:
  • Why inclusion is vital to grantee success
  • Barriers to open, honest relationships between nonprofits and funders
  • Tools, tips, and tactics to develop fruitful partnerships
  • How authentic relationships bring greater impact
ENGAGING PRO BONO AND SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERS
Volunteer Match
April 20, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Pacific)
Free

If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this webinar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. You'll learn:
  • What pro bono and skilled volunteering is
  • How to get started, including building support for your program, developing pro bono/skilled projects, finding the right talent, and managing for success
  • Tips and tricks for working with corporations
  • Know where to go to get resources and help
INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS FOR TEACHING TECHNOLOGY, HEALTH PROMOTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
April 20, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

Extend the reach of your active-aging philosophy and programs by following the examples of ICAA Innovator Award winners. In this webinar, discover what occurred, hear the lessons learned, and find out about funding sources, success factors and outcomes.
  • Find out how the Techy Teens--Savvy Seniors program engaged teens and older adults on technology adventures.
  • Hear how a broad use of traditional and social media delivered a citywide Healthy Aging Campaign.
  • Learn about the results when staff, residents and vendors embraced the Energy Use and Conservation Plan to create an extensive environmental program.
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
OUTREACH SUPPORT WORKER
GEF Seniors Housing

The Outreach Support Worker will be required to work with seniors to identify their service needs, liaise with other social service providers and support seniors in accessing the necessary services and resources to improve their quality of life.

Experience/Education:
  • Diploma in Human Services, Social Work, Human Ecology
  • 2 - 4 years' work experience an asset
  • Experience working with seniors, families or groups is an asset

Other Requirements:
  • Strong customer service skills including the ability to interact with seniors in a respectful manner
  • Ability to work collaboratively across organizational groups
  • Strong English communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of and ability to access social supports and services available to seniors an asset
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office
  • Must have vehicle and valid driver's license
  • Undergo a criminal records check
The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CARD MAKING
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
March 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
$5 per class

Sylvia loves teaching and sharing her love of paper crafting. She uses a variety of techniques, including die cutting, stamping, digital images, embossing, watercolouring, chalking, and painting. In each class, participants will make four beautiful cards that they can share with friends and family. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
BAKE SALE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
Nothing tastes better than homemade goodies! Free admission and parking. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
CASINO TRIP
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
March 31, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., shuttle departs at noon

Interested in trying your luck out at the casino? The River Cree Casino & Resort shuttle will pick up people at the EASC and take them to the casino. The casino also gives each person a $5 voucher to gamble with and a meal voucher and a parting gift. Coffee and tea will be available for those who come early to visit while they wait to board the shuttle. Call Stacey at 780-476-6595 Extension 2 to book your spot on the shuttle as spots are limited.
GENEALOGY PRESENTATION
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
March 31, 1-2 p.m.
$2 MWSA members; $3 non-members

Learn how to research your family history with available resources, finding aids, maps, databases, genealogy magazines and publications. RSVP in advance by calling 780-496-2997.
POLE WALKING INFORMATION SESSION AND DEMONSTRATION
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
April 5, 1 p.m.
Free

This is a great chance to learn more about Urban Pole Walking and the many health benefits, and also to try out some walking poles. A weekly walking group will start April 12 at 1 p.m. You do not need to be a senior or Sage member to join in. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
ALZHEIMER'S 101
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
April 6, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre (2051 Leger Road)
$2 member; $5 non-member

As of 2016, there are an estimated 564,000 Canadians living with dementia plus about 25,000 new cases diagnosed every year. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 per cent. You will learn (1) the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease, (2) practical tips to help you and those with the disease have a better quality of life, and (3) how to prevent the disease. There will also be time to ask questions. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
ACCESSIBLE TAXI SURVEY

The Accessibility Advisory Committee is collecting information on accessible taxi service in the City of Edmonton. You are invited to complete the online survey by April 5.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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