March 8, 2018
Seniors Sector News
In anticipation of this year's RISE Sunday, get ideas for how to warm a winter day for a senior.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
I'M STILL ME: THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF RESIDENTS IN DESIGNATED SUPPORTIVE LIVING REPORT

This report contains details of a Health Quality Council of Alberta pilot project involving interviews with a small sample of residents in designated supportive living. The purpose was to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences. Specifically, this report identifies, from residents' perspectives, themes of what is working well and what could be done to improve residents' experiences in designated supportive living.
ISSUING DONATION RECEIPTS FOR GIFT CARDS

The Canada Revenue Agency has released a new video which explains guidelines around issuing donation receipts for the donation of gift cards and gift certificates.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
SPACES STILL AVAILABLE IN ECVO EVENTS NEXT WEEK

ECVO Leadership Series: Executive Director Wine & Wisdom 2018
March 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Join fellow non-profit leaders for an evening of great food and drink and insightful conversation around a topic too rarely discussed - failure. Together, we will discuss the consequences of our failure - good or bad - learn how to create a safe space for failure in our organization and discover how our follies can actually spark innovation.

Board to Board Networking: Thinking Differently for Large Scale Impact
March 13, 6 - 9 p.m.
Board to Board Networking provides opportunities for Edmonton board representatives to network over a shared interest of building better organizations and stronger communities. Sharing insight and promoting collaboration creates opportunities for collective action and stronger impact with our work.
WEB DESIGN MINI-SERIES
Blackbaud
Free

Think about your website: Is it putting its best foot forward or is it a few steps behind? This webinar mini-series will reveal strategies you can use to engage your website visitors and create lasting personal connections.

Small Nonprofit Web Design: Converting Interest into Action
March 21, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

10 Tips that Make or Break Nonprofit Websites
April 11, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

Design and Storytelling: A Match Made in Website Heaven
May 8, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

10 Ways to Lose a Donor on Your Website
June 5, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
STRATEGIES FOR INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Tamarack Institute
March 21, 3 - 4 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will provide an overview of some of the tools and practices used to promote inclusive engagement, which the presenter defines as providing "people with opportunities to participate by reducing barriers, creating connections and engaging in meaningful and supportive ways."
LIVING SPACES: POLICY SUPPORTS & BARRIERS IN ALBERTA
Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research
April 4, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Room 4-036, 11405 87 Ave
Free for ICCER members/$50 for non-members

This networking event will examine the policy supports and barriers that drive the design and operation of continuing care spaces within Alberta. This session is the result of research accomplished towards better understanding the relationship between people's lived experiences and policies that drive the design of living spaces. 

This event will begin with a short film titled "The Cigarette" that highlights some of the realities of designed continuing care spaces. The speakers will then discuss how the lived experience of residents is disconnected from policy instruments, illuminating the policy barriers and the interpretations of policy instruments that are so intrinsically linked to designed outcomes.
HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Charity Village
April 5, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

For board members, executives and directors of small to mid-size nonprofit organizations and charities, a solid understanding of the organization's financial statements is vital to successfully planning for the future, building capacity and preventing fraud. But many nonprofit leaders without a background in nonprofit finance may feel at a loss when it comes to reviewing their organization's financial reports. This webinar will help you gain an introductory understanding of how to better understand your organization's financial statements.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services is seeking a new Executive Director, as their current one is retiring. They are a mid-sized agency with a big heart, offering counselling and support services to build a more resilient and healthy Edmonton region.

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
EDMONTON LIFELONG LEARNERS 2018 SPRING SESSION
April 30 to May 18, 2018
Registration begins on March 13

Participate in expert-led continuing education courses for adults 50 plus who want to keep learning and stay connected. Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA), in partnership with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension, have scheduled over 50 expert-led courses in the humanities, sciences, world affairs, art, music and wellness, plus a wide variety of noon hour presentations during 2018 Spring Session 2018 at the University of Alberta. 

There are no prerequisites, homework or marks and everyone is welcome. You can participate in the learning and fun for the low cost of $250. Bursaries are available to participants who need financial assistance (see the website for more information). 

Explore the programs at my-ella.com or call 780-492-5055 for more information.
CASH BINGO
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
March 14, 1 - 4 p.m.

Come enjoy an afternoon of Bingo. Cards are $1 each. A $6 minimum purchase is required. Daubers are $2. Bonanza cards are 3 for $1.  Pop and water are $1. Tea and coffee are free. Sandwiches and hot dogs are $2. Call 587-525-8969 for more information.
ST. PATRICK'S PANCAKE BRUNCH
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
March 15, 11 a.m.
$8

Join WSAC for a pancake brunch and live musical entertainment from a fiddler. Try your luck with a 50/50 draw. Be sure to wear green or you might get pinched! Purchase your ticket in advance at the WSAC front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn about healthy aging and lifestyles at this fair showcasing programs, services and information from 30+ vendors. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
CHANGE OF VENUE FOR SOUTHWEST SENIOR'S OUTREACH SOCIETY ACTIVITIES

The church they are housed in will be undergoing major renovations from April - November 2018. They have arranged alternate locations for programming/luncheons.
  • Creative Crafts: Starting April 3, Creative Crafts will be held in the Marshall Center, which is a small building to the west of Pleasantview Community League Hall at 10860 57 Ave.
  • Gentle Yoga: Starting April 4, Gentle Yoga will be held at Allendale Community League Hall at 6330 105A St.
  • Thursday luncheons (except for the first Thursday of each month) will be held at Pleasantview Community League Hall at 10860 57 Ave. 
Call 780-435-9515 before the end of April if you have questions.
40TH ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF: RUBY JUBILEE HIGH TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
April 16, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
$5

NESA celebrates 40 years and is kicking off the celebrations with a Ruby Jubilee Tea. Expect sweets and treats, tea and coffee service, and entertainment. Attendees get an anniversary souvenir. Come share stories and honor NESA members, past and present. Tickets are on sale until April 6. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
BEYOND HONEY: URBAN BEEKEEPING AT MACEWAN
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
May 9, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
$31.50

Unfortunately, the population of honey bees worldwide is declining at an alarming rate due to environmental challenges including habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. However, urban beehives in gardens, on roofs and in other places ensure pollinators are available to pollinate fruits and vegetables, and also produce a delicious side effect - honey! Even if we don't want to become beekeepers ourselves, there are things we can all do to protect these pollinators, which are so important to our survival. Learn about MacEwan University's rooftop hives, the truth about common bee myths, and what steps we can take to improve food production locally. You will also find out what you can do to protect pollinators and how organizations around the world are tackling this issue.

For more information about this course, email minerva@macewan.ca or call 780-497-5082.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEER CONNECTOR

There's a new way to find volunteer opportunities in Edmonton. An online database called Volunteer Connector now lists positions available in Edmonton. With more than 100 opportunities listed and counting, Volunteer Connector can be your one-stop shop for volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteerconnector.org.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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