May 17, 2018
Seniors Sector News
MINISTER SIGURDSON TAKING MEDICAL LEAVE

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing, will be taking a leave from her work at the legislature following a diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia. During her absence, Minister Irfan Sabir will be acting Minister of Seniors and Housing.

We are sorry to hear about Minister Sigurdson's diagnosis and wish her the best as she takes leave to get well.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
DEMENTIA, CAREGIVING AND TRANSPORTATION TOOLKIT
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)

This toolkit provides information and strategies related to the transportation needs and concerns experienced by family caregivers of individuals with dementia and offers guidance on community approaches for connecting transportation and caregiver networks. It includes links to presentation videos and slides and supplemental materials.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR FUNDRAISING WITH A DONOR CLUB
Grantspace
May 24, 12-1:30 p.m. (Mountain)
$69

With a donor club, you can encourage donors to upgrade their giving to higher levels by rewarding and recognizing them for their commitment to your organization. As a bonus, your donor club provides a systematic way to categorize or group donors based on the dollar level of their donations. So, do donor clubs work? Are they worth the time and effort to design, launch, and manage one? The answer is yes, donor clubs can be a powerful tool to increase individual donor giving. In this webinar, find out what a donor club is, determine whether or not such a club is right for your organization, and get best practices for starting one.
BUS ROUTE REDESIGN: COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Edmonton Local Immigration Partnership (ELIP) and City of Edmonton
June 5, 5 p.m.
Green & Gold Room, Commonwealth Recreation Centre (11000 Stadium Road)

Newcomers, organizations, and anyone interested in the City of Edmonton Bus Route Redesign can attend this information and conversation space. This is an opportunity to learn about the project's drafted plans, share perspectives, and bring attention to details and facts involving commutes and your neighborhoods. Organizers are interested in hearing from multiple voices from the community. Snacks will be provided. Register online
GUIDE DOGS IN OUR COMMUNITY: ACCESS AND LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES
CNIB
June 13, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: CNIB Edmonton Office (12010 Jasper Avenue)
Free

Victoria Nolan of the CNIB Guide Dog Program will answer questions such as:
  • What are your legal responsibilities for allowing access to guide dog handlers?
  • What are your rights when allowing guide dog handlers access?
  • What is the difference between guide dogs, service dogs and therapy/emotional support animals?
  • Do puppy raisers and their puppies have the same rights as guide dog handlers and their guide dogs?
This session will be broadcast from Calgary and people in Edmonton can attend at the CNIB Edmonton office. To RSVP, contact 416-357-1571 or victoria.nolan@cnib.ca.
HOW TO MAKE A THANK YOU VIDEO THAT DELIGHTS DONORS AND GETS THEM TO GIVE AGAIN
CharityHowTo
June 14, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
$89

Thank you videos are a simple and powerful way to communicate appreciation to your donors and demonstrate the impact of their gifts. You don't need to be a videographer or have special storytelling skills to create a simple and powerful thank you video.

This webinar will give you the step-by-step guide to creating donor thank you videos that both inspire, delight, and communicate gratitude. The webinar will also show you examples of other small and medium-size nonprofits who have created effective thank you videos with minimal resources and very little experience. Simple and authentic thank you videos are now standard practice.
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
CD FRESH EXPRESS BUS STOPS AT CLSA
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays, 12-2 p.m.

Good news for lovers of Farmers Markets. The CD Fresh Express Bus is making a stop at Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre every Tuesday. This locally-owned travelling farmers market bus is loaded with produce sourced as locally as possible and sometimes baked goods. The bus is open to everyone. This news story gives some background on the initiative.
HOW TO NAVIGATE CONCERNS IN LONG TERM CARE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 24, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2
 
Many of us have a family member or a friend who is getting ready or is already living in a long-term care facility. Among the stress of being separated due to declining health, it is important that we all understand how to advocate and express our concerns in a proactive and productive manner.

This session aims to help to alleviate further stress and inform you on how to establish partnerships, share your concerns, have them heard and identify solutions when receiving care or services within an Alberta Health Services owned or contracted provider site. 

Contact 587-987-3200 for more information.
MEDICINE WHEEL/SHAMANIC DRUMMING WORKSHOP
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
May 25, 1-4 p.m.
Free

Join MWSA for this interactive Truth & Reconciliation workshop. Indigenous Elder Mah Koos will provide teachings about the traditions and symbolism of the medicine wheel and shamanic drumming and their significance in Indigenous cultures. Everyone is welcome. RSVP in advance by calling 780-496-2997. 
INTERMEZZO
Opus@12 Chamber Concert Society
May 25, noon
Rotunda La Cité Francophone (8627 91 Street)
Free

Enjoy this free chamber music concert. Learn more.
2018 SENIORS' WEEK PROVINCIAL LAUNCH CELEBRATION
June 4, 11 a.m.
Heritage Park (5100 41 Avenue), Stony Plain
Free

Celebrate the provincial launch of Alberta Seniors' Week in Stony Plain. Enjoy a meal, entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are free but you must reserve them in advance by calling or stopping by:
  • Stony Plain FCSS: 780-963-8583 | 107, 4613 52 Avenue
  • Spruce Grove FCSS: 780-962-7618 | 105, 505 Queen Street
SENIORS' WEEK CELEBRATION, OPEN HOUSE AND ART EXHIBITION
Multicultural Women & Seniors Services Association (329 Woodvale Road West)
June 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free entrance

Enjoy refreshments and a bazaar and enter your photos into the photo contest. The contest categories are Family, Nature, and Others. All submissions must be taken by entrants and be 8x10 inches. Participants must be seniors (55+), women (all ages) or youth (18+). For more information contact Iram, Sabahat or Sofia at 780-465-7992.
LACOMBE'S HISTORIC MAIN STREET
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
June 5, depart Sage at 9 a.m.
$59 members / $70 non-members

Enjoy strolling Lacombe's historic Edwardian buildings, including the oldest operating Blacksmith, shops, tours, lunch and more. The price includes lunch, coach bus, and tours. Pre-register by June 1 by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
NESA HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR
North Edmonton Seniors Association
June 5, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Free

This information fair features more than 30 organizations and businesses who are dedicated to providing services that benefit health and wellness as we age.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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