March 29, 2018
Seniors Sector News
CALL FOR PRESENTERS FOR GREY MATTERS CONFERENCE

The 2018 Grey Matters Conference will be held September 24-26, 2018 in Calgary. The Grey Matters Planning Committee invites submissions from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the conference. The committee's vision for the 2018 Grey Matters Conference is "OUR COMMUNITY GATHERS, Listening, Learning and Leading" and will focus on supporting seniors to age well. This vision should be reflected in your topic/presentation for the conference. Review the Call for Presenters and Presenter Guide for details. The submission deadline is April 20.
OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT
The Edmonton Volunteer Fair
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
April 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: West Edmonton Mall, Centre Stage, Phase 1
$50-75

The Edmonton Volunteer Fair is an opportunity to not only raise awareness of your organization but to recruit new volunteers as well. This is the event to represent your organization and have personal interaction with the public while networking and connecting with a wide array of people. Last year, hundreds of potential volunteers introduced themselves to organizations and researched new opportunities to volunteer.

Your volunteer fair booth purchase includes feature in the ECVO National Volunteer Week campaign. Organizations will be promoted via the ECVO blog, social media and digital content. Register your organization.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2018 MINISTER'S SENIORS SERVICE AWARDS

The Minister's Seniors Service Awards recognize exceptional volunteers for helping brighten the lives of seniors. There are three award categories:
  • Individual
  • Organization
  • Alice Modin Award for long-term community service
Albertans are encouraged to nominate a person or organization for an award. The nomination deadline is April 23. Review the nomination package.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options web pages)
Professional Development
ACCESSIBLE SHARED STREETS: NOTABLE PRACTICES AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR ACCOMMODATING PEDESTRIANS WITH VISION DISABILITIES
ADA National Network and US Access Board
April 5, 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a report that provides an overview of practices and considerations for accommodating pedestrians with vision disabilities on shared streets, which are streets in which pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles intentionally mix together.

This webinar will describe the specific challenges pedestrians with vision disabilities face when navigating shared streets and the strategies they employ, and discusses ideas on how accessibility for pedestrians with vision disabilities can be addressed in the planning and design process.
HOW TO SET UP YOUR NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING SYSTEM - A BEGINNER'S GUIDE
CharityHowTo
April 11, 11 a.m. or April 17, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
$29

Nonprofit organization leaders and managers must have a clear understanding of financial management to help their organization serve its constituents. Basic skills in financial management start in the critical areas of cash management and accounting, which should be done according to certain financial controls and accounting guidelines to ensure integrity in the accounting process. 

This webinar will give you knowledge that will help your organization be more accountable to funding sources, provide proper transparency to your constituents, demonstrate proper stewardship of your donor funds and build a foundation that will help your organization be more sustainable to fulfill your mission.
SAFE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
April 19, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will discuss improving safety and accessibility for mid-block crossings that reach transit stops. This webinar supports the United States Federal Highway Administration's Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program which promotes countermeasures at uncontrolled pedestrian crossings.
HOW TO DRAMATICALLY BROADCAST YOUR IMPACT WITH FACEBOOK LIVE
bloomergang
April 19, 1 - 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Nonprofits are using Facebook Live to engage donors in powerful and creative ways. Facebook Live is the #1 type of content now, getting much more reach than even pictures and videos. But live broadcasting can be very scary! This webinar will show you how to use Facebook Live to engage supporters and raise more money. You'll learn:
  • How to prepare for your first broadcast
  • How to pick the best topic for your audience
  • How to get your best supporters to attend your first broadcast
  • How to engage your audience during your broadcast
  • How to recycle and repurpose your broadcast
HOW YOUR NONPROFIT CAN AVOID DATA BREACHES AND ENSURE PRIVACY
TechSoup Canada
April 19, 10-11 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

Increasingly, nonprofits hold large quantities of digital assets (such as donor information, grant application details, financial records, etc.). Organizations of all sizes and industries are being targeted by cyber criminals. Cyber-attacks will often devastate an organization's operations and have significant financial, legal and reputational consequences. This webinar will explain how implementing best practices from a pre-breach standpoint can go a long way to mitigate the negative consequences of a cyber-attack. You will learn:
  • what the cyber threat landscape looks like
  • how to ensure privacy of your digital assets
  • steps to take in the aftermath of a cyber-attack
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
BUS NETWORK REDESIGN

Edmonton's bus routes are changing. Edmontonians are invited to share their ideas on how to adapt and adjust the new network to better serve more Edmontonians.

Community Workshops
The City of Edmonton is hosting 24 community workshops to get input from Edmontonians about the proposed bus network redesign. View the dates and locations of the workshops
 
Online survey
If you are unable to attend a community workshop, the City of Edmonton encourages you to provide feedback on the new bus network through an online survey. The survey will be open April 12 - June 30.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$8 NESA members / $11 non-members at the door

Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise. Here is the roster for April:
  • April 4 Diamonds
  • April 11 Ghost Riders
  • April 18 Sparkling Tones
  • April 25 Chwill Brothers
Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
BLATCHFORD BOOGIE-WOOGIE
April 7, 7 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Location: Alberta Aviation Museum (11410 Kingsway Avenue)
$35 plus applicable fees

Let the C-Jam Big Band and Sugar Swing Dance Club swing you into spring at the Alberta Aviation Museum's Blatchford Boogie-Woogie! Take a step back in time, grab your favourite pair of saddle shoes, and dance the night away at an event inspired by Edmonton's own WWII era Hangar 14. The museum will be open from 7- 9 p.m. with exclusive access for ticket holders, then music and dancing will top off the evening. This is an 18+ event and includes cash bar, 50/50, and a light late lunch.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
April 8, 10 a.m. - noon
$6

Breakfast includes 3 pancakes, 2 sausages, scrambles eggs and beverage. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
DECLUTTER & DOWNSIZE IN A HOLISTIC WAY
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
April 12, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$15

Are you or a loved one planning to downsize to a smaller home? Do you want to be in control of the process now before it happens by default to you? It is not too early to start preparing this spring even if you don't have a moving date yet. Learn the S.P.A.C.E. strategy, Top 11 Checklist and more ways to keep the items that bring you joy and find new homes for those that don't. These self-care tools respect you and your special memories holistically so you can transition with less stress and more ease into an energy-giving and peaceful space. Sign up in advance at the WSAC front desk to secure your spot. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
EDMONTON KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL
April 15-30

Gala
April 15, 2 p.m.
McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street)
The gala will feature brass, choir, musical theatre, piano, speech arts, strings, voice and woodwind. There will be a reception after the gala. The gala is free to the public although a free-will donation is accepted.

Festival
April 16-30
MacEwan University Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive), McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street) and Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Blvd
All festival events are free to the public. Review the Festival at a Glance for more information. Programs can be purchased beginning April 9.
EDMONTON'S NEWEST LANDMARK: THE "NEW" WALTERDALE BRIDGE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
April 17, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

The new Walterdale Bridge is one of the most technically challenging and architecturally significant projects built in Edmonton over the last quarter century. The new construction clearly demonstrates that Edmonton is not afraid to build the kind of iconic architecture typical of a world-class city.
Join Ryan Teplitsky, construction project manager with the city of Edmonton, for more information about the past, the present and the future of the Walterdale Bridge Project. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
HAIKU CUPPA CORNER
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
April 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

CLSA is celebrating International Haiku Day with entertainment from Edmonton Japanese Cultural Association, a haiku poetry contest, Japanese calligraphy demonstrations, singers, dancers and a costumed doll display. $9 Japanese lunch specials will be offered at Ela Euro Cafe. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
ESC LGBTQ2S
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
First and third Monday of every month
Free. ESC membership is not required.

This group is for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, or Two-spirit, or anyone who would like to learn more about family and friends. The purpose of the group is to engage in safe and confidential discussions about experiences, concerns, stories and/or other suggested topics. Register by calling 780-425 8625. A registration name is not mandatory.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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