May 2, 2019
Seniors Sector News
MINISTER AND DEPUTY MINISTER OF SENIORS AND HOUSING

Minister of Seniors and Housing: Josephine Pon
Josephine Pon has been appointed as the Minister of Seniors and Housing.

For more than 20 years Pon was an Account Manager in Personal/Commercial banking and also the Regional Manager, Business Development responsible for Multicultural Banking for Scotiabank. She also worked at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as an International Trade Consultant and in the Assisted Housing department in the Prairie Region. Most recently, Pon acted as the Vice President of the Taste of Asia Group, managing five restaurants and leading over 150 employees.
 
Pon has been active in volunteering in a number of non-profit organizations including her time as a member of the working group in the Edmonton Mayor's task force to eliminate poverty, the Board Chair of Immigrant Services Calgary and Gala Chair for Immigrants of Distinction Awards gala. 

Deputy Minister of Seniors and Housing: Susan Taylor
Susan Taylor has over 35 years with the Alberta Public Service and was appointed as the deputy minister of Seniors and Housing in September 2018. Susan was formerly the deputy minister of Status of Women and assistant deputy minister for the Delivery Services Portfolio, in Human Services. 

Susan began her career in the public service as a social worker providing support to children and families in the Edmonton Region; she has a bachelor of social work from the University of Calgary.  Susan is a strong believer in the benefits of collaborative partnerships that best address challenging and complex needs.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Learning Opportunities
HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
CharityHowTo
May 14, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

If you build it, they will come - right? Not so in the fast-moving, noisy, and cluttered online landscape! Once you have designed an online fundraising campaign, how will you get people to pay attention? Simply sending out one or two emails is not enough. In this webinar, you'll learn tactics to use your website, email list, and social media channels to promote your online fundraising campaign and achieve your goals.
CHARITY CULTURE: FIVE TIPS TO ACHIEVE POSITIVE CULTURE CHANGE
Charity Village
May 23, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Does your nonprofit have the culture needed to attract top talent and volunteers? So what can you do, without huge salary offers, or swanky office spaces, and how can you continue to attract and retain the best people out there? The answer is investing in culture. Get tips to create a positive culture change in this webinar.
ICCER NETWORKING EVENT
Institute for Continuing Care Education & Research
June 4, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Room 4-036, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (11405 87 Avenue)
Free for ICCER members; $50 non-members

Older adults living in continuing care settings may witness or personally experience negative interactions with caregivers or medical professionals about the aging process. This event will focus on an intensive, intergenerational and meaningful co-creation process of creating films to communicate how designed things can support the aging process. Dr. Megan Strickfaden (Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta) will share information on five films co-created with older adults, caregivers, staff, and students to communicate how designed things can support the aging process.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
RHYTHM & ROOTS: HARMONY
Kita No Taiko Japanese Drumming Society
May 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Convocation Hall, University of Alberta
$25

This concert features special guests from other Asian musical cultures in collaboration with the taiko to explore fusion music and create new arrangements.
CULTURAL NIGHT FOR ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH
Confucius Institute in Edmonton
May 9, 7 p.m.
Eva O' Howard Theatre (10210 108 Avenue)
$10, $20 and $50 tickets

Enjoy martial arts, singing and dancing. For more information contact Brenda Chan at 780-970-5233 or brenda.chan@confuciusedmonton.ca.
TRY LAWN BOWLING
Commonwealth Lawn Bowling Club (11420 139 Street)
May 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free

The open house is a great opportunity to try bowls if you've never tried the sport before! Gain an introduction to the sport through demonstrations; short, basic lessons; and fun challenges. Hot dogs and light refreshments are included. Learn more about the Commonwealth Lawn Bowling Club.
SWESA LIVE ACTIVE EXPO: PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Lillian Osborne High School Foyer and Main Gymnasium (2019 Leger Road NW) which is next to the Terwillegar Recreation Centre
Free

The goal of Live Active is to keep our bodies moving, our minds healthy, and our spirits alive. The expo has five themes:
  • Motion is Lotion
  • Fuel Your Machine
  • Mend Your Mind
  • Partners in Health
  • Grow Your Future
Hear keynote speaker Dr. Billy Strean discuss "Joy is the Key to Live Active" at 11 a.m. Browse more than 45 vendors, participate in break out sessions (learn Tai Chi, stretching and square dancing) listen to musical groups and singers and enjoy lots of free food and drink.
MOTHER'S DAY BREAKFAST
The Kingsway Legion (14339 50 Street)
May 12, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
$18 Adults; $12 children under 12

Serving ham, sausage, bacon, eggs, hash browns, pancakes, fruit, desserts, muffins, juice, coffee and tea.  Advance tickets only. Contact 780-425-8654.
PLANT SALE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Liven up your yard with plans from the NESA Garden Club. A wide selection of plants will be on sale. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
GETTING READY: PAPERWORK, DOCUMENTS AND MORE!
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
May 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
$2

Do you have your important information together in case something happens to you? Not just your will but store cards, banking, etc.? Learn about what to do and how to organize it. Based on a volunteer's personal experiences and journey through helping loved ones. Please pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
BRUCE HOTEL SUPPER TRIP
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
May 24, 3:30 - 8 p.m.
$70 (includes transportation and supper)

Travel to the Bruce Hotel for a supper of chicken or steak with unlimited salad/dessert bar and tea/coffee. RSVP by May 21 by calling 780-342-8625.
SPRING VINTAGE FASHION SHOW
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
May 25, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
$22 (includes light refreshments)

This wonderful fashion show tells a story of how clothing changed over a 25-year period. Come see 38 different outfits, with the first half of the show from the 1940s and the second half from the 1960s. The show also features music to match the outfits from those eras, and the models weave amongst the tables so every seat has a great view. Call 780-483-1209 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
TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE - EDMONTON: SUMMER 2019 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Your Experience Could Open a Door to Discovery! Share your expertise and love of working with people to help others discover the world and beyond in a fun and interactive environment. A variety of unique opportunities await you in educational or ambassador roles as a volunteer staff member at TELUS World of Science.
  • Educational Positions: Gallery Interpreter, Science Garage Workshop Assistant, Nature Exchange Interpreter, Assistant Observatory Attendant, and Birthday Party Assistant
  • Summer Camp Positions: Assistant Camp Leader
  • Guest Services Hosting and Ambassador Positions: Hospitality Host
For more information visit the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton volunteer web page or contact Volunteer Resources at 780-452-9100 or by email at vr@twose.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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