March 31, 2016
Resources
AN ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES OF CANADIAN SENIORS
Broadbent Institute, February 2016

This report provides new insights from statistical analyses of patterns in poverty, income, and savings among Canadian seniors.
PUBLIC AWARENESS COMMUNICATIONS TOOL KIT
Association of Fundraising Professionals

This resource for Canadian charities provides tips for building relationships with Members of Parliament and their staff, securing meetings and following up.
THE CASE FOR AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
Prepared for Grantmakers In Aging, February 2016

The movement to create communities that are age friendly focuses on how the economic, physical, and social environments can be improved to address not only the needs but also maximize the assets of an aging population, for the benefit of all. 

This report outlines the return on investment for creating age-friendly communities by examining economic benefits, social capital benefits, opportunities related to innovations in housing and physical infrastructure, and health and other benefits.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO USE FREE RESOURCES ONLINE TO TELL YOUR NONPROFIT'S STORY THROUGH VIDEO
CharityHowTo
April 6 or April 13, 11 a.m. MDT
$87

Learn to create a compelling video for your nonprofit without using a video camera, lights, or expensive video editing software. You'll learn how to use free tools and resources available on the web to tell your organization's story through video. This webinar covers:
  • How to find royalty-free photos, stock video, and free or cheap music
  • How to turn photos you already have into an effective video that tells your story
  • How to use the free YouTube Editor to build your story, create titles, and add music
  • How to title your video, tag it with keywords, and describe your video so it's easily found through YouTube search and YouTube related videos
If you're unable to attend the live webinar you will still have access to the webinar recording, slides and bonus material.
RETHINK AGEING
National Institute on Ageing
May 4 and 5
Toronto
$199 per day or $350 for both days

Rethink Ageing will bring together delegates to learn, share, and brainstorm the key actions for advancing the pillars of the National Seniors Strategy (NSS) which was released in October 2015. For each pillar, there will be an expert panel, followed by related breakout sessions for presentations and interactive discussion. May 4 will focus on themes related to independent, active and engaged citizens; and healthy and active lives. May 5 will focus on the themes of care closer to home and support for caregivers.

The conference is also establishing an Idea Bank for implementing the NSS and individuals and organizations are invited to submit their innovative ideas, products, and initiatives for inclusion in the Conference Idea Bank.
EVENT PLANNING
Strathcona Information and Volunteer Centre
May 7, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Community Centre, Sherwood Park
$20.00 (includes lunch)

Events are critical to the success of many non-profit organizations. Whether it's a fundraiser, volunteer appreciation, bottle drive or information session... it's an event! Volunteer managers and others need to be able to create successful, relevant events that achieve the goals and objective of the organization while utilizing resources, time and money effectively. Learn more about the workshop.
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
STORE TO DOOR™ PROGRAM

Edmonton Meals on Wheels grocery shopping, delivery and shelving program called Store to Door™ is designed to provide shopping assistance to those who can't grocery shop or who don't have the support network to help them. Store to Door™ matches volunteers with clients who live within close proximity while building community and supporting independence. 

Edmonton Meals on Wheels is currently recruiting clients and volunteers in all parts of the city. Volunteers enjoy flexible hours and directly support people in need. For more information read a recent article or visit www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org or call 780-429-2020.
DANCE FEATURING THE MELODY MAKERS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 - 82 St.)
April 8, 7 p.m.
$10 at the door (includes refreshments)

Cash bar available for members and invited guests (by reading this you are invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
LEATHER TOOLING WORKSHOP
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)
Fridays, April 15 - May 20, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$48 + Supplies

Come out and learn the fine art of Leather Tooling. The workshop will lead you through crafting a variety of keepsakes and gifts - leather coasters, wallet, cell phone cover, belt, and key chain - and provide you with the ability and knowledge to do more. Supply kits are available at a significant discount locally. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
CIVIL LAW SERIES: WILLS AND ESTATES
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
April 19, May 10 and May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Stanley Milner Downtown Library

These presentations are open to the public and no registration is required. 
BUS TRIP TO THE ENJOY CENTRE AND LOIS HOLE GREENHOUSE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
April 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$20 member; $25 non-member

Tour this unique multi-use facility featuring a greenhouse, spa, café, restaurant, whole foods, deli, bakery and more at your leisure. Either bring a bagged lunch or lunch (at your own cost) at the Glasshouse Bistro & Café. Tour departs from YECC (10710 - 19 Ave.). Preregistration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for details.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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