March 24, 2016
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS SERVICE PROVIDER WORKSHOP

Stakeholder Engagement Advisors in the Ministry of Seniors and Housing are planning a workshop for service providers who work with seniors, community organizations, and volunteers. The workshop will be held May 11 and will likely include updates on provincial programs/projects and federal programs, topics affecting seniors, and networking time to meet other service providers.

Registration information will be sent in early April. Contact Emily Motycka at 780-422-4788 or emily.motycka@gov.ab.ca to be added to the distribution list.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
S4AC CASE STUDY: ENHANCING UNDERSERVED SENIORS' ACCESS TO HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMS

This article focusing on immigrant older adults, health promotion and exercise programming reports on a study of the Seniors Support Services for South Asian Community (S4AC) project in British Columbia. The research indicates that health and social policies and programs that address barriers and promote social inclusion as well as physical activity can influence activity levels and, ultimately, health outcomes.
FACEBOOK FOR NONPROFITS

Facebook has launched a tutorial page to help organizations strengthen their Facebook presence, grow their audience, engage their supporters and better use Facebook tools.
AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES EVALUATION GUIDE: USING INDICATORS TO MEASURE PROGRESS
Public Health Agency of Canada

The guide contains general information about the evaluation process, as well as information and tools regarding specific indicators of age-friendliness. Forty-three outcome indicators based on the eight domains of Age Friendly Communities were developed through a rigorous process. The guide will equip communities implementing age-friendly initiatives with information and tools on how to evaluate their activities in order to measure outcomes and success.  The guide is available in both official languages as a PDF and in HTML format.

A webinar is being held on March 29 to introduce the Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide and highlight the experiences of a local community that is putting age-friendly indicators into practice to measure the progress of its age-friendly initiative.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
PROFESSIONAL GRANT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Grant Training Center
April 11 and 12, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University of Calgary
$535 USD

At this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of grant writing, such as writing proposals that reach the top of competitions, presenting a compelling need statement, navigating the world of grant procurement, understanding proposal writing guidelines, preparing for the evaluation process, and searching for foundation and corporate giving opportunities.
ARE WE MAKING A DIFFERENCE: THE KEY ROLE OF OUTCOME MEASUREMENT
Campus for Communities of the Future
April 25, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
$50

What if there were a way you could communicate powerful results to your stakeholders in annual reports, budgets, marketing materials, and proposals; motivate staff and volunteers; improve performance; and encourage innovation and accountability? And, as demands increase for your programs and services, and resources are at risk for decreasing, what if you could prove the impact of your programs and services? 

While the connection may not be readily obvious to everyone, making outcome measurement a priority is the solution and a key strategy for addressing all of the above issues. However, even though it sounds straightforward, it is especially challenging for non-profit and government organizations that are focused on community benefits or outcomes that are challenging but possible to measure and quantify. Learn more in this webinar.
WORKING WITH IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE COMMUNITIES
REACH Edmonton
April 27
$40 REACH members, $55 non-members

This interactive workshop is intended to educate participants on cultural differences, explore the effect culture has in one's personal and professional life, and practice intercultural skills. Through this workshop participants will explore:
  • How culture affects communication, relationships and workplaces
  • Differences between immigrant and refugee status and the economic and social experiences of refugees in Edmonton
  • Power and privilege and its impact on relationships
  • Opportunities to practice intercultural skills in small groups with community leaders such as: Somali, Sudanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Spanish speaking, South Asian and Cambodian
INTERGENERATIONAL SOLUTIONS TO ELDER ABUSE: KIDS AND SENIORS WORK IT OUT
CHNET-WORKS!
April 28, 1 p.m. EDT

For decades, governments, non-profits, community health and education advocates have worked from two different camps to alleviate bullying of youth and abuse of older adults. This webinar will assist you in understanding reasons for, and ways to bring, those two generational camps together, simply and cost effectively, for maximum impact on their shared area of concern. The team of presenters will present a brief background of this work and two exemplar projects and introduce four free resources to guide your interest. There will also be a Q & A.
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
SCONA ART GALLERY
SCONA (10440 - 84 Ave)

The Laurier Art Group has created a gallery at SCONA. To make an appointment to view the paintings call 780-433-5377 or drop in at the centre any Friday afternoon.
THE PASSION OF NARCISSE MONDOUX
Northern Lights Theatre
March 29 - April 9

Narcisse Mondoux, retired Master Plumber, sets out to woo the recently widowed Laurencienne Robichaud - at her husband's funeral. Thinking he knows the secret to her heart, he soon discovers that she is a liberated woman who intends to fulfill her secret ambition by herself.

The production is performed in English and French on alternating nights. The English preview on March 29 is pay what you can and seniors prices on other nights range from $15 to $28. Group rates are also available.
CHARLIE & THE WRITING FACTORY
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)
Tuesdays, April 5 - May 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
$40

An instructor led writing group, brought together to share stories and capture them all in ink. Instructor Charles Goulet is a published author of over 20 publications. He looks forward to guiding you through the journey of learning the proper process, choosing forms, and deciding which words are more powerful and where to start. The course is structured to be both educational and motivational - and guide you to put your thoughts on paper. It's open to experienced writers or individuals looking to start. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
ANNUAL FLEA MARKET
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524-139 Ave)
April 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find some treasures just for you! Limited number of vendor tables for rent. Call 780-496-6969 for details.
MULTICULTURAL GALA
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
April 9
$15

Opening cocktails at 5 p.m., dance gala at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu features samosa, spring rolls, beef and greens, perogies, rice and assorted dessert. Mango lassi will be available with cocktails (cash bar). Tickets available at the front desk or by calling 780-433-5807. Email volunteers@strathconaplace.com for more information.
HAPPY HOUR
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
April 12, 3 - 7 p.m.

Stop in for alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks, socializing and more. For more information call 780-496-2997.
JOURNAL AND MEMOIR WRITING
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
April 19, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 - 19 Ave)
$25 members, $35 non-members

The session will include journal and memoir writing techniques, writing prompts and exercises and editing guides. Pre-registration required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
WOMEN'S AUXILIARY GIFT SHOP
Royal Alexandra Hospital

Volunteers will be interacting with hospital patients and the general public. Some walking is required as well as an ability to use a cash register and debit machine. 

Volunteers are asked to be available for three 5 hour shifts per month. An orientation to volunteer duties is provided, as is a hospital parking pass.

Women or men who are interested can contact Irene at ieskildsen@shaw.ca or phone the RAH Gift Shop at 780-735-4221.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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