March 30, 2017
Seniors Sector News
NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM: INFO SESSIONS

In anticipation of the 2017 New Horizons for Seniors Program Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is hosting information and grant writing sessions to help with the preparation of applications. There are two sessions scheduled for Edmonton and several teleconferences.

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.
EDMONTON VOLUNTEER FAIR
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO)
April 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
West Edmonton Mall Centre Stage
$35 ECVO member/FCSS organization; $50 non-member

Registration is now open to reserve a table for your organization at ECVO's annual Volunteer Fair. The Edmonton Volunteer Fair is an opportunity to not only raise awareness of your organization but to recruit new volunteers as well. Last year, over 2500 potential volunteers introduced themselves to organizations and researched new opportunities to volunteer.

This year's Volunteer Fair will kick-off National Volunteer Week which takes place from April 23 - 29. What better way to set the stage for your Volunteer Week activities than profiling your organization and recruiting new volunteers?
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
RECOGNIZING FRAUD TOOLKIT

The Alberta Council on Aging's Recognizing Fraud Toolkit is designed to raise awareness about fraudulent activities. It should be used as a guideline to help seniors, their families and the general public know what types of scams are occurring and what strategies they can use to make good decisions regarding scams and fraud. The goal of the program is to reduce senior's vulnerability to fraud and financial abuse.
WHITE PAPER ON AGING IN CANADA

As Canada's population ages, we are challenged to find better ways of caring for and supporting older adults across the continuum of care. Following the 2016 Walk with Me conference in Edmonton, culture change leaders from across Canada, the United States and Australia took part in a think tank to discuss what we're up against and how we can start moving forward. The white paper " Living Fully: Next steps for the Canadian culture change movement" summarizes the proceedings as well as:
  • Explains why "living fully" should be the goal of the movement, rather than "aging well"
  • Defines culture change and makes recommendations for its advancement in Canada
  • Summarizes next steps, including delivering the 3rd Walk with Me conference in Niagara Falls, ON, March 5-6, 2018 and much more
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
OLD AGE AS AN ASSET
Parker J. Palmer in conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block (Abundant Community)
April 10, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

"Aging as an asset" has a lot to do with community development. This online conversation will explore aging as an asset and experiences in working with citizens to build asset-based communities.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OPPORTUNITY IDENTIFICATION INFO SESSION
Innoweave
April 11, 12-2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

The webinar will help you:
  • Learn about what makes a good social enterprise
  • Hone your social enterprise idea
  • Prepare your organization to take your idea to feasibility and market studies
2017 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FORUM
Alberta Centre for Active Living
May 8,9 a.m. - noon 
Edmonton

There are many messages about physical activity, exercise, and fitness. Yet, the multiple, and sometimes conflicting, messages influence people's thoughts and behaviours, even when they are not thought about very much. The emotional nature of automatic responses can influence decisions to be active that are quite different from more reasoned and thoughtful responses.

The topic for the 2017 Physical Activity Forum is "Don't Overthink It! Promoting physical activity in a busy media environment". Dr. Tanya Berry, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity Promotion, will give an overview of how messages about physical activity might have an influence at both automatic and reasoned levels, and what effective messages might look like.
BECOMING A NETWORKED NONPROFIT: DIGITAL STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO)
May 10, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Fantasy Land Hotel
$70-95

Networked Nonprofits and the people who lead them are taking advantage of social media's ability to facilitate and expand their impact by connecting, building, and establishing trust with people in their networks. This way of operating goes beyond simply using tools like Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat and requires a networked mindset where openness and authenticity are essential. This interactive workshop, featuring Beth Kanter, will explore how nonprofits can embrace the best practices of a "networked nonprofit," avoiding some of the pitfalls and challenges.

Organizations also have many questions about how to make the best use of social media to advance their work, especially with limited time and resources. Participants will learn how to create a digital strategy for social media, using the best practices for engagement, content, and champions.
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
TRADITIONAL ARTS GROUP
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
April 3 and 7, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Traditional Arts Group will be harvesting moose hair for future crafting ideas such as moose hair tufting as well as incorporating the moose hair tufting with birch bark basket making. A light breakfast and lunch will be served to those who attend. Come on down to the EASC and learn a new traditional arts skill. Call Stacey at 780-476-6595 Ext 2 for more details.  
BOOK SALE AND FLEA MARKET
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

Book Sale
April 4 - April 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. (Open until 7:30 p.m. on April 5 and until 7 p.m. on April 7).
Come shop for great books at amazing prices. Book donations will be accepted up to March 31. We will not be accepting book donations during the week of the book sale. Thank you for your contribution.

Flea Market
April 7, 1 - 7 p.m. and April 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Over 40 tables of fabulous treasures. Free admission and parking. The café will be open.

Call 780-496-6969 for information.
WILL AND ESTATES
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
April 10, 7 p.m.
Location: Capilano Library (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue)
Free

The presentation will cover:
  • Wills
  • Responsibilities of an Executor
  • Power of Attorney
  • Personal Directives
  • Where to go for help and more
Call 780-702-1725 for more information about the presentation.

A video of the presentation is now available online. This is a great alternative if you are unable to attend the in-person sessions.
THURSDAY LUNCHES WITH ENTERTAINMENT
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
$10/person with membership or $12/person with no membership

Enjoy a hot meal plus salad, dessert, coffee and tea. The luncheons will be followed by entertainment: 
  • April 20: Nashville Group with Joyce Smith
  • April 27: Home Style Country
Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
SAGE SAVORIES PROGRAM WINDING DOWN

Since 2008, Sage Seniors Association has provided high quality frozen meals to Edmonton seniors through the Sage Savories program. The program was created to ensure that seniors had options for nutritious, flavourful frozen meals that they could enjoy at home.

Due to the availability of alternative frozen meal services and ongoing challenges with the costs of operating Sage Savories, they have decided to end the program as of April 30, 2017. Sage is committed to ensuring that their customers are supported in their transition to alternative frozen meal options.

Visit their website or phone 780-701-9025 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

Drive Happiness, a local not for profit, is urgently looking for volunteer drivers. If you enjoy chatting with seniors and like to drive, we would love to hear from you. Our volunteer drivers make their own schedule and select where they will drive. We offer a small reimbursement to go towards gas and vehicle wear and tear. Even 2 hours a week can change a senior's life. Call 780-424-5438 ext. 2 for details. We drive happiness.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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