May 19, 2016
Seniors Sector News
NURSING HOMES AND HOME CARE REGULATIONS REVIEW
Edmonton Open Houses
June 2 and 3, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Delta Edmonton South (4440 Gateway Blvd.)

Alberta Health is undertaking a review of continuing care regulations that are expiring in 2017 and representatives of seniors organizations are invited to provide feedback at an upcoming open house.

The Home Care Regulation will be discussed during the morning (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.). Discussion will focus on:
  • The basket of services provided in home care
  • Home support services such as housekeeping and home maintenance
  • Meeting the needs of caregivers
The Nursing Homes Regulations will be discussed during the afternoon (1 to 4:30 p.m.). Discussion will focus on:
  • Care providers
  • Eligibility
  • Social and leisure activities
  • Meal requirements
RSVP to continuingcare@malatest.com or by calling toll free 1-866-247-6465. Online registration starts May 20.

Alberta Health will also provide an opportunity for people to contribute feedback electronically. If you are interested in providing feedback this way contact continuingcare@malatest.com.
TOOLS FOR INCLUSION

The City of Edmonton has developed a toolkit specifically designed for senior serving organizations that can be used to ensure that facilities, programs and services feel welcoming and inclusive to all seniors.

A launch event is being held:
May 31, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mill Woods Seniors & Multicultural Centre (2nd floor, 2610 Hewes Way)

Every organization that attends will receive a printed copy of the toolkit which includes checklists and planning tools that can assist you with programming, communications, and strategic planning. 

A short presentation will introduce the toolkit followed by social time to discuss the diversity and inclusion needs in your organization in a fun and informal environment. Consultants from ZenEv & Associates and Centre for Race and Culture will be available to answer questions and provide support for inclusion initiatives.

RSVP to shelley.kwong@edmonton.ca or 780-496-5905 by May 27.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Professional Development
MAJOR GIFT FUNDRAISING FOR SMALL SHOPS
non-profit hub
May 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m. MDT
Free

This webinar will dive into ground-breaking research on major gift fundraising which collected data from hundreds of nonprofits and illuminates their experience with major gifts. Participants will learn the critical success factors that lead to major gift success and uncover 10 key recommendations for how revenue from major gift donors might best be developed.
SENIORS CENTERS 2016 CONFERENCE
The National Institute of Senior Centers and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
September 26-28, 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Attend the US's only national conference designed just for senior centre professionals. The conference features more than 45 workshops and presentations focused on senior centres and an exhibit hall offering products and services to improve your centre. Registration opens in early June.
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
OUTREACH COORDINATOR FOR OLDER ADULTS
North Edmonton Seniors Association

The Outreach Coordinator provides outreach services to enhance the overall well-being of isolated and at-risk seniors (age 55 years and older) in the North East Edmonton geographical area and supports seniors to age in place in the community. 
 
Key responsibilities include:
  • Identify isolated and at-risk seniors, conduct home visits, and provide social and emotional support to clients
  • Plan and organize outreach programs and activities, outings, or events
  • Recruit and train volunteers to assist in the outreach program
  • Advocate for services on behalf of the clients as needed
  • Facilitate outreach partnerships throughout the community
Key Qualifications include:
  • An undergraduate degree in Social Work
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in the area of gerontology
  • Excellent communications, assessment and interviewing skills
  • Knowledge of community services and resources pertaining to older adults
  • Evidence of sensitivity and respect for individuals, evidence of good professional boundaries
  • A vehicle and valid operator's license
  • The successful candidate will be required to obtain a satisfactory Police Information Check Certificate including Vulnerable Sector Check
The posting closes May 27. Review the complete 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
WEEKLY SOUP & BANNOCK LUNCH
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107-134 Ave)
Wednesdays at noon
Free with EASC membership and/or by donation

Two different soups, bannock, dessert, coffee and tea are available at the weekly soup and bannock lunch. Activities such as bingo, entertainment, or information presenters are held immediately after. There is also a 50/50 draw each week. Registration is not required, but come early because it draws a big crowd. Call 780-476-6595 for information.
HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF EDMONTON'S PARKS AND OPEN SPACES
May 24, 25, 26 and 30 and June 1, 6-8:30 p.m.
Multiple locations around the city

Edmonton's open spaces make up a network of parks and plazas, greenways, natural areas, trails and pathways, sports fields, boulevards, wildlife passages and urban amenities. BREATHE: Edmonton's Green Network Strategy is a transformative strategy to make sure that Edmonton will be supported by an accessible network of green space as the city grows over the next 30 years.

You're invited to share your thoughts at an upcoming interactive drop-in session. No registration required.
BREATH OF LIFE: BREATHING PRACTICES
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)
Wednesdays, May 25 - June 29, 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
$22

It's been estimated that around one-third of all people don't breathe well enough to sustain normal health. By learning how to harness the power of our breath, we can learn to regulate our mental state and emotions as well as our experience of pain. Changing the way we breathe can even improve our digestion, circulation, sleep, and therefore increase our overall sense of health and well-being. Learn different techniques to bring more of the vital energy into your body, to help re-establish proper breathing patterns and reduce stress and tension. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
SENIORS HOUSING INFO EVENT
Forest Terrace Heights Community League
June 1, 1 - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Fulton Place Community League (6115 Fulton Road)
Free

Are you or a loved one thinking of downsizing but not sure about the different options? Guest speakers at this event will help you understand types of housing options. Registration isn't required, but will help with planning. For more information or to register, contact Connie at connie@forestterrace.org or 780-462-1442.
PORTUGUESE CULTURE DAY
Jewish Seniors Citizen's Centre (10052 117 St.)
June 5
$8 members; $12 non-members

Enjoy the presentations, lunch and entertainment of Portugal. Call 780-488-4241 for information.
IPAD: DIGITAL STORYTELLING PROGRAM
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 - 120 St.)
Mondays, June 6 - July 11, 2-3 p.m.
Free

EPL will run this small-group program. Participants must commit to all sessions. Call 780-451-1925 to register.
CITY OF EDMONTON VOTER CONSULTATION
June 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
City of Edmonton Elections and Census Office (16304 114 Ave)

You are invited to participate in a community session focused on improving municipal voter experiences in future elections. You will learn about the voting process, identify any barriers to voting within the existing process and share your ideas on how to mitigate or remove these barriers for future elections. Call 780-496-8008 for information.
SUMMER STORMS, POWER OUTAGES, FLOODS & FIRES - BE PREPARED!
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
June 7, 10:30 a.m.
Free

Find out what you need in case of emergency so you can be prepared. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
NON-FICTION WRITING
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
June 14, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: 10710 - 19 Ave (Yellowbird East Community Centre)
$25 member/$35 non-member

Have you ever wanted to write non-fiction? Bring your thoughts to this writing workshop led by Audrey Seehagen, an award-winning and published poetry, short story, and children's writer who has been active in the Alberta writing community for more than 25 years. Participants will discuss research and development, start writing, and do some on-site reviewing. Register by calling 587-987-3200.
LEGAL DOCUMENTS YOU SHOULD HAVE
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
June 14, 10 a.m.
Free

A lawyer will present information on essential planning documents such as personal directives, power of attorney and wills. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
GERIACTORS SUMMER SCHOOL
Thursdays, June 16 - July 14, 1- 3 p.m.
Location: Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
$20

The GeriActors have been turning stories into plays for the last fifteen years. Join them for their first ever summer session  Introduction to storytelling, acting, and improv to learn how to turn your own stories into moments of theatre to share with others. The program will finish with a final performance for family and friends on July 14. This is stress free acting - no lines to be learnt and lots of laughs to be had! No experience is necessary and all abilities are welcome. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301 or in person at Sage.
BAZAAR CALL OUT
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)

The annual fundraising bazaar hosted by Strathcona Place 55+ Centre is now a two-day event so they are getting the word out early that they are seeking volunteers and donations of items. The bazaar takes place September 9 and 10, 2016.

Volunteers: Call 780-433-5807 to have your name and activity preference added to the bazaar's volunteer registry.

Donations: The centre is happy to accept books (except textbooks), toys, games, records, CDs, DVDs, Christmas decorations, purses, totes, jewellery, small appliances, candles and holders, and office supplies. Providing your donations well in advance of the event makes it easier for the volunteers to do all the work they need to do for this event. Call 780-433-5807 to make arrangements for dropping off items.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIP VOLUNTEERS

Eight gymnastic clubs from the Edmonton area are hosting the 2016 Global New Canadian Gymnastics Championships from June 1-4 and an event of this magnitude requires many volunteers to make it a success.

There is a job for everyone and no knowledge of gymnastics is required. All you need is a willingness to help and a great smile! All volunteers will receive an official 2016 Championships Volunteer T-Shirt as well as entry into the sessions on the day they are volunteering.

Sign up on the volunteer web page no later than May 23. Contact Kim Baksh, Volunteer Coordinator, at 780-278-6894 or kbaksh@shaw.ca if you have questions.
THE WORKS ART & DESIGN FESTIVAL

The Works Art & Design Festival is a free thirteen-day festival that fills downtown Edmonton with compelling art, design, and entertainment. Now in its 31st year, the festival runs from June 23 to July 5, 2016, and attracts volunteers and patrons of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
 
The festival offers a range of volunteer opportunities. For example, exhibit attendants learn about the art on display and engage patrons in conversation, while the family programs crew works with children and adults to create their own art and unleash their creativity. Festival organizers value volunteers' individual desires and work closely with them to develop a unique and fulfilling experience. 

Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of 10 hours over the festival which can be broken into multiple shifts over the thirteen days. Volunteer shifts are a minimum of three hours each.

For more information contact Susan at volunteer@theworks.ab.ca or 780-426-2122 ext. 230.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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