March 5, 2020
Resources
fACT Sheet: 2020 Alberta Provincial Budget
Edmonton Social Planning Council
The Edmonton Social Planning Council published a new fACTsheet on the 2020 budget, which tracks developments in the areas of low income and poverty in a handy two-page summary. This fACTsheet outlines information about child benefits, child care and child intervention, affordable housing and homelessness, employment and income support, addiction and mental health, seniors drug program funding, and Community Supports and Family Safety.
The Case for Support Podcast
CharityVillage
Do you have a long list of "to-dos" that never seems to end? Is one of your tasks to create a Case for Support for your organization? This podcast will provide you with tricks and tips showing you how to write your case quickly and still make it meaningful.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
CREATING A SUCCESSFUL CORPORATE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
CharityVillage
March 12, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern) 
Free

Employee engagement activations are becoming popular with corporations when choosing their nonprofit partners. Yet, these programs can take a lot of a nonprofit's time and resources with little return. In this webinar, you'll learn about the benefits of employee engagement, how employee engagement can help strengthen your corporate relationships, how to build an effective engagement program, and more.
WHY FRAILTY MATTERS IN MEDICINE
Seniors Health Knowledge Network
March 31, 12-1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This informative webinar will discuss the concept of clinical frailty, its related outcomes, and how to manage frail patients. Equip yourself with the expert knowledge you need to best support your patients.
FINDING YOUR BALANCE
Canadian Mental Health Association Recovery College
April 8-May 27, Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 pm
Location: Bissell Centre (10527 96 Street)
Free

Are you supporting a loved one with a mental health or a substance use concern? Often, caregivers put their own needs last. In this course you will learn to take care of yourself by finding your own balance, creating a network of support, learning personal coping strategies, and gaining useful tools to support yourself with hope and acceptance. This course is open to all who are looking for support: siblings, children, parents (of a youth or adult child), friends, partners, grandparents, or aunts and uncles.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
RESEARCH OFFICER
The Edmonton Social Planning Council

The ESPC is seeking a research officer to work as part of a collaborative team. Main job duties include assisting with research projects and participating in ESPC community learning events by hosting and delivering workshops. This position will also contribute to other ESPC research projects, newsletters, updates and publications as directed. This role requires a Bachelor's degree in the social sciences or a related field and demonstrated research experience and skills. This is a full-time (35 hours/week) opportunity. The application deadline is March 13. For more details, including application instructions, view the detailed job posting.
GUARDIANSHIP/TRUSTEESHIP COORDINATORS
Sage Seniors Association 

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the successful part-time candidate and full-time candidate  will provide assistance with private Guardianship/Co-Decision and Trusteeship applications and  provide information regarding personal decision-making options such as Personal Directives,  Power of Attorney, Supported and Specific Decision Making options through one on one  appointments and group presentations. The deadline to apply is March 16. For more details and application instructions, view the full job posting.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
MEDITATION WORKSHOP
S trathcona Place Society (10831 University Avenue)
March 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
$12 members; $18 non-members

The unique experience of meditation has multiple benefits, including promoting calmness, lowering blood pressure, improving immunity, increasing brain function, uplifting mood, and enhancing the flow of serotonin, melatonin and dopamine. It overhauls your neurobiology and relaxes the body and mind. All are welcome to join this workshop, and coffee and cookies are included with your registration. Register at the main reception desk. For more information, call 780-433-5807.
READERS' SIXTH SENSE: INTUITING NARRATIVE LANDSCAPE
Jewish Senior Citizens Centre (10052 117 Street)
March 11-April 1, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
$50 members; $65 non-members

Do you ever wonder how much landscapes limit selfhood and deepen loneliness? Further, do you wonder how landscapes might extend our perception and intuition while giving scope to domestic and social imagination? Be ready for new discoveries in this four-week course addressing the portrayal of landscapes in creative non-fiction and classic fiction. In this series, you will study passages from international writers that demonstrate human interactions with topography. Complimentary refreshments are included. For more information and to register, call 780-488-4241 or email programmer@jdicseniors.ca.
FILMS AT THE LIBRARY-
BRAND IRISH: THE GLOBAL MARKETING OF IRISH TRADITIONS
Edmonton Public Library - Idylwylde Branch  (8310 88 Avenue)
March 18, 10:30 a.m.
Free

Why is St Patrick's Day celebrated in almost every country across the world? Is it the alcohol, the music, the food? Partly, but also because being Irish has become a brand; a best-selling, take-the-world-by-storm brand. And while they export many terrific products, their best export by far is their people. For such a tiny country, their impact on the world stage is massive. This film examines the "Irish brand". Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided. Call 780-496-1808 for more information.
TOONIE TALK: REVERSE CHIP MORTGAGE 
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
March 23, 1:30 p.m.
$2 for members and non-members

You don't always have to sell your home. A Reverse Chip Mortgage could be the product that works for you. A Reverse Chip Mortgage allows you to access up to 55 per cent of the equity in your home. Learn more in this informative Toonie Talk. Call 780-483-1209 to register.
MEDIEVAL FEAST NIGHT
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
March 28, 5-10 p.m.
$30

Join your friends from Mill Woods Seniors Association for a medieval-themed dinner event, featuring live music and performances from a local medieval enthusiasts group. In true medieval fashion, this event features a delectable meal where you can feast with your hands! For more information, call 780-496-2997 or visit the website. You can also get your tickets online.
PHILOSOPHERS' CAFE #3: RELIGIOUS CENTERS-ARE THEY RELEVANT IN CANADIAN SOCIETY? 
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
April 1, 1:30-3 p.m.
$6 in advance; $8 at the door

The Philosophers' Cafe provide opportunities to discuss ideas and try to understand big issue topics. This session examines religious centers in Canadian society. Are such centers solely "speaking to the choir" or do they serve some public purpose as well? Discuss in depth and share your ideas! Call 780-496-7369 for more information and to register.
CREATING AN ART JOURNAL 
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
April 1, 8, and 15; 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$50 members/reciprocal members; $75 non-members

Learn to choose tools and materials to create an art journal for home and on the road. Take your imagination on a journey with pencil, pen, watercolors, or all three in a free-wheeling mix! These three classes will cover skills including drawing from direct observation, volume, patterns, textures, movement, and symbolism. Registration is required by March 25. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
2020 CALENDAR FUNDRAISER
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
$13

Purchase your 2020 calendar filled with upcoming event dates, free tax clinic dates, photos of fun times at the centre, and much more. Pick up your copy at the NWESS office. Call 780-451-1925 for more information. 
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEER BUS DRIVER WANTED
St. Michael's Health Group

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of seniors? St. Michael's Health Group is in urgent need of a volunteer bus driver to assist with transportation for outings. If you have previous driving experience (i.e. truck, bus, public transportation vehicle), have a Class 4 licence, and would like to do some volunteering while maintaining your driving credentials, this opportunity is for you!
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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