May 21, 2020
Seniors Sector News
AGETECH STARTUPS CONTRIBUTE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
AGE-WELL 

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, older adults and their caregivers are seeing significant impacts on their health, overall  wellbeing  and ability to stay connected. Canadian  startups  in the  AgeTech  sector are joining other companies in doing their part to contribute to  mitigating  the effects of this unprecedented crisis. If you are a  tech  startup   providing  solutions that can help older adults and caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis, reach out to  startups@agewell-nce.ca . Visit the website for more information.  
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
ALBERTA NONPROFIT SURVEY
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) 

This year's survey focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the  nonprofit  and charitable sector in Alberta. Your contribution is essential  in   provi din g  credible data to the evidence-based research for policy advocacy for the communities you serve. The data will help inform CCVO's public policy work to support the sector, which will include an overall picture of the current economic conditions facing  nonprofits  and the push for the ongoing provision of critical services throughout Alberta.  The deadline to  provide  input is the end of May.   
LIVESTREAMING FOR GOOD: A COMPLETE NONPROFIT GUIDE
Sumac

Livestreaming is  a great way  for  nonprofits  to engage their audiences and share content. It offers real-time engagement opportunities and  it's   a great way  to get a live ,  captive audience without gathering in-person. Livestreaming for your  nonprofit  may seem daunting, but  it's  easier than you think. This guide will help you  get started !  
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
MARKETING TRENDS NONPROFITS NEED TO KNOW (AND EMBRACE)
Firespring 
May 27, 1 - 2 p.m. (Central)  
Free 
 
Marketing trends come and go, but the top marketing trends are the ones worth adopting. Digital marketing, content marketing, social media marketing-each plays a role in a  nonprofit's  strategy. Join  this  webinar   to discuss   2020 marketing trends  t hat'll   shape your  nonprofit's  future and grow your impact .  
UNDERSTANDING NEWCOMER EXPERIENCES OF INCLUSION
Centre for Race and Culture (CFRAC)  
May 27, 1 - 2 p.m. (Mountain)
Free 

This  webinar  will  provide  an update on the Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion research project. This project examines the connection between newcomers' experiences of settlement, integration and inclusion, and their well-being. The CFRAC project team will  provide  an overview of the preliminary data and findings, as well as their next steps.
PRIVACY AND SECURITY ONLINE: IT'S NOT BEING PARANOID IF THEY REALLY ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
TechSoup Canada 
May 27, 12 - 1 p.m. (Eastern) 
Free 

Do you ever wonder when you should stick your head in the sand when it comes to online privacy and security issues?  (T he answer is "never ").  If so, this talk is for you .  Learn about simpl e  key concepts that will keep your data and your organization secure   and help   ward off all kinds of attacks from phishing to  " zoombombing " .  
COVID-19 FUNDRAISING IN CANADA: RESULTS & INSIGHTS
CharityVillage, NextAfter, Care2 and CanadaHelps 
May 28, 2 p.m. (Eastern) 
Free 

"How should our organization respond to the COVID-19 pandemic?"   It' s  one of the most   common question s   being aske d  by Canadian charity fundraisers and marketers. But the truth is that no one truly knows what the "correct" response is. The good news is that data can give us new fundraising and marketing insights to test during this time. Join this special  webinar   to learn how the Canadian COVID-19 data collected so far can help improve your fundraising.  
WHY YOUR NONPROFIT SHOULD BE USING NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE
Financial Technologies & Management 
May 29, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Mountain) 
Free 

Your organization like every other  nonprofit is feeling the pressure to deliver more transparency. The demand for  timely  information  comes  from a multitude of interested parties: board members, major donors, potential  funders   and watchdog organizations.   Transparency   can' t   be easily   accomplishe d  without sound  nonprofit  accounting software . This  webinar  will review  at least seven reasons  n onprofits  should consider  no nprofit   a ccounting  s oftware.  
LEADER AS COACH FOR NONPROFITS (SUMMER SESSION)
Casey Executive Coaching & Team Development 
June 24, July 15, August 12; 8:45 a.m. -  4 p.m. (daily) 
Location: Matrix Hotel (10640 100 Avenue) 
$600 

Gather  to discover, discuss, and create solutions to challenges non-profit leaders  like yourself  are facing in this workshop series. Through learning who you are as a leader, building skills using a coach-approach, and engaging as an inclusive leader, you will drive the performance of your team and the success of your organization. In-class sessions  are  scheduled  over six weeks to allow a chance to exercise the skills you are gaining in real time. You will also have one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the program to take your skills to the next level.  
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors

GROW OLDER WITH ME THIS SENIORS' WEEK
Age Friendly Edmonton 

We don't talk about the positives of aging nearly enough! To celebrate Seniors' Week 2020  from  June 1 until 7, Age Friendly Edmonton is starting a conversation  highlighting  what Edmontonians enjoy about growing older.  Share  your s tory at GrowOlderWithMe.net Together, let's start the conversation about what healthy aging looks like and disrupt ageism.  As a thanks for participating, the first 100 participants are eligible to receive a $5 Tim's card.  Stories will be accepted up to and including Seniors' Week and after until July 12.  For more information about the project, email   agefriendly@edmonton.ca.  
MASKS, SANITIZER, AND PREPARED MEALS FOR SENIORS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre 

W SAC is  offering masks and hand sanitizer to seniors here in Edmonton.  As of May 11, s eniors have  ordered  almo st 10, 000  masks ! Go online to order your masks and hand sanitizer. The centre has also launched a new Community  Cafe  outreach program to sell frozen soups and meals with a rotating menu that chan ges every two weeks . Go online for more information about the meals program. Free delivery of masks, sanitizer, and meals is available for all Edmonton seniors
FAMILY DOCTORS PROVIDE CONNECTION TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network 

During the pandemic, y our doctor is still the connection to the care you need.  If you o r your  family have any healthcare needs, call your  d octor   and find out what appointment options are available to you.   If you 're l ooking for a doctor,   visit  AlbertaFindADoctor.ca  to find one near you.  
RECESS INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAM (ONLINE)
Mill Woods Seniors Association 
Wednesdays, 1 - 2 p.m. 
Free 

This new online intergenerational program pairs youth and seniors for conversations and games .   C hannel your inner child ,   enjoy the therapeutic benefits of play, and  learn about  what "the kids" are getting up to these days .   To register,  email   karen@mwsac.ca  with the subject line ,  "Recess" .  
YOGA AND MEDITATION CLASSES (ONLINE)
Edmonton Seniors Centre 
Free 

If  you're  looking for a way to relax, unwind and meditate the pandemic stress away, try joining one of the many online yoga and  meditation  classes from Edmonton  Seniors Centre.  Classes include:  
  • Senior Yoga: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  
  • Stress Reducing Meditation: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10 a.m. 
  • Chair Yoga: Wednesdays, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. 
Find your Zen.  Pre-register today  by emailing  brenda@edmontonseniorscentre.ca .      
TALK2NICE
National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) 
Daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Eastern)  
Free 

This new  nationwide  p hone   outreach service connec ts  older adults and persons  with disabilities to  social workers and social work students . T he  program aims   to provide community members with prolonged engagement through  friend ly  check-in phone calls weekly and bi-weekly.  The program is an opportunity  for older adults who may be experiencing isolation or loneliness   to  "check in"  with an  empathetic ,   non-judge menta l  and comp assionate person   on  a regular basis .   Call 1-844-529-7292  (toll-free)  to schedule your friendly call or go online to boo k a   tim e  
ASK THE GENEALOGIST
St. Albert Public Library Genealogy Club (SAPL) 

Thanks to our friends from Westend Seni ors Activity Centre for  sharing th is opportunity. "Ask th e  Genealog ist " is an online club  being offered   during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Genealogy Club normally meets at SAPL every  month but has moved online to support genealogists and genealogy enthusiasts during this time of isolation.
WATCH VIRTUAL CANADIAN THEATRE
The Canadian Play Thing 
Various dates and times 
Free 

The Canadian Play Thing (est. March 2020) is a playwright-centred virtual theatre that shares live readings of new and under-produced Canadian plays online. The goal is to support and celebrate the work of playwrights, and to connect the theatre family across the country. Artists and audiences around the world are welcome. To see a full listing of virtual theatre live streams, view their events calendar.  
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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