May 25, 2017
Seniors Sector News
SLIDING SCALE FEE FOR LEISURE ACCESS PROGRAM

A new Sliding Scale Fee Program that will benefit low-income Edmontonians will take effect June 1. Edmontonians who fall below and just above the low-income threshold will be able to access programs through the City of Edmonton's Leisure Access Program on a sliding scale fee consisting of three tier levels:
  • Tier One: Edmontonians living at or below the Low Income Cut Off will receive a full subsidy on annual membership admission, 75 per cent subsidy on registered programs and materials (up to four times), and inclusion within the Low Income Transit Pass program application.
  • Tier Two: Edmontonians earning up to 10 per cent above the Low Income Cut Off will receive a full subsidy on annual membership admission and 75 per cent subsidy on registered programs and materials (up to four times).
  • Tier Three: Edmontonians earning between 11 per cent and 25 per cent above the Low Income Cut Off will receive a partial subsidy - $20 All Facility monthly recreation/attraction membership or $70 All Facility monthly recreation/attraction family membership.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
SENIORS' HEALTH IN THE GTA: HOW IMMIGRATION, LANGUAGE, AND RACIALIZATION IMPACT SENIORS' HEALTH
Wellesley Institute, May 2017

This report investigates the impact of immigration, language, and racialized identity on social determinants of health outcomes (e.g. income, education, employment, sense of belonging to local community, and health care access) as well as self-reported health and mental health across ethnically and linguistically diverse senior populations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Although the report focuses on seniors in the GTA, it may provide background to understand the experiences of immigrant and refugee seniors living in Edmonton.
FINDING AND ENGAGING A TREASURER

This podcast from Vantage Point outlines the roles and responsibilities of a treasurer and how the role intersects with bookkeeping and/or finance staff or contractors. Tips on sourcing quality candidates for this critical board role are also shared.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
TRENDWATCHING
Campus for Communities of the Future
June 5, 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
$50

Today, in addition to managing sound day to day operations, community development practitioners need to invest energy and resources in preparing for a rapidly changing and often uncertain future. We'll need knowledge not yet known to address problems that we don't yet know are problems, as well as to be proactive about potential opportunities. The question each of us needs to ask is "How do we become a trend watcher who is in the now and in the know?" This webinar will provide practical resources and strategies to help you strengthen and position your organization to ensure a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant community.
SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A GRANT?
CharityHowTo
June 7, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

This webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. It will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers. You will learn:
  • What grant funding ca do for your organization
  • What grant funding cannot do for your organization
  • What you can do to become successful at writing a grant
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
PROVIDE INPUT ON RECREATION FACILITIES

The City of Edmonton is hosting public engagement sessions about the Recreation Facility Master Plan. The feedback will be used to shape the City's approach to recreation facilities and services for the next 20 years. Seniors are encouraged to attend an upcoming session to help inform the discussion and ensure the feedback the city gets is not just from younger people and parents.
  • May 30: Clareview Recreation Centre, 4-8 p.m.
  • May 31: Whitemud Crossing Library, 4-8 p.m.
  • June 1: Edmonton Tower, 2nd Floor, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • June 1: Farmers' Market at Millwoods, 5-8 p.m.
DEVONIAN GARDENS TRIP
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
May 30, van departs the centre at 11 a.m.

Tour the Devonian Gardens in the comfort of a tram car. There are still spots available in the van and other people are joining the group at the gardens. If EASC has a group of 10 or more there is a discounted cost. If you would like more details contact Stacey at 780-476-6595 extension 2.
GROW AN URBAN FARMER!
Young Agrarians, Edmonton Multicultural Coalition and City of Edmonton
June 1, 5:30-8: p.m.
Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre (McCauley School), 9538 107 Avenue
Free

Attend this free event for urban farmers, gardeners and food lovers! Meet fellow Edmontonians growing food and growing community. Learn skills, find opportunities, tap into a network of urban farmers and gardeners, and eat great food (supper is provided). RSVP online. For more information, contact Dana Pencrice at dana.penrice@organicalberta.org or Yodit Tesfamicael at yodit@emcoalition.ca.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
June 6, 1 - 4 p.m.

Learn about the services offered in the community that promote healthy lifestyles for seniors. Venders include Edmonton Foot Care, Money Mentors, Senior Homecare by Angels, Safeway Pharmacy, Nurse Next Door and many more. Call 780-496-6969 for details.
OPEN HOUSE
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
June 6, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free

Drop in and take part in a fitness program, watch an Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging Class), enjoy a cup of tea and learn a little more about the Jewish Seniors Centre situated in the Oliver Community in downtown Edmonton. Call 780-488-4241 for information.
PRIDE LUNCH
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
June 8, doors at 9 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Celebrate diversity with the Edmonton Seniors Centre. Join them for lunch, live entertainment and prize giveaways. Register before June 6 to guarantee a spot. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
DANCE FEATURING THE ROMANTICS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
June 9, doors open 6:30 p.m., dance 7 - 10 p.m.
$10 per person at the door

Refreshments included. Cash bar available for members and invited guests (by reading this consider yourself invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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