May 26, 2016
Seniors Sector News
ALBERTA SENIORS' WEEK EVENTS

Join in one of the many events celebrating seniors during Seniors' Week: arts workshops and exhibits, a learning and living symposium, teas, concerts, a health and wellness fair, informative workshops, open houses, barbecues and much more!
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
211 SENIORS RESOURCE LIST

211 Edmonton has updated the Seniors Resource List and has posted it on their website. This one page reference sheet provides contact information for seniors centres, government services, and service providers offering transportation, health and safety, and housing services. 

The website also includes other resource lists such as mental health, newcomers to Canada, and family violence and abuse.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
RESPECTED AND WHOLE: PREVENTING ANTI-LGBT BIAS BETWEEN CONSTITUENTS, STAFF AND ACROSS AGING SERVICES
National Institute of Senior Centers and National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
June 16, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Free

This webinar will explore eight suggestions for preventing bias and creating inclusive services and discuss concrete programming ideas and policies to ensure staff and constituents feel respected and safe. Participants will learn how an inclusive environment can improve the health and happiness of both staff and constituents.
THE RESILIENT NPO: 12 QUESTIONS FOR SUSTAINED CHANGE
4good
June 29, 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT
Free

The nonprofit sector faces relentless pressure to change from every direction. Stakeholders including clients, donors, regulators, partners, staff, and volunteers push for change. Technological advancement, talent management trends, competition with social enterprise, political shifts, and cultural norms all create conditions requiring nonprofits to evolve. 

This webinar provides nonprofit managers with an approach for responding to this environment of never-ending change by creating a more resilient and resolute organization. The webinar will use a 12-part framework to guide participants through three dimensions-culture, leadership and operations-for creating a change-enabled NPO. 
10 SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES THAT INCREASE ENGAGEMENT AND INSPIRE DONORS
Nonprofit Tech for Good
July 7, 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT
Free

For NGOs to succeed on social media, they have to be good at social media and that requires a clear understanding of how, when, and why individuals engage with NGOs on social media. It also requires a commitment to a content strategy and increasingly a budget for social media. With a primary focus on blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, this webinar will feature ten social media strategies that NGOs can implement to increase engagement and inspire donors. Topics include:
  • How and when to post content on social media
  • Tips for growing your following on social media
  • How to convert followers into donors, event attendees, and volunteers
  • A step-by-step plan for crafting a 12-month content strategy
  • A discussion about budgeting for social media and what professional skills are required for effective social media management
GREY MATTERS REGISTRATION IS OPEN
2016 Grey Matters Conference
September 20-21, 2016
Early Bird Registration (until Friday, July 31) - $245/person, includes GST
Regular Registration (August 1 - September 6) - $300/person, includes GST

The Grey Matters Conference offers provincial seniors service providers an opportunity to network, gain knowledge and increase awareness of issues, supports and services for seniors. The focus of the 2016 conference is Changing Faces of Seniors. Review the conference website for information on keynotes, conference sessions, networking reception, poster presentations, exhibitor fair and social activities.
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
COOK FOR THE 2ND FLOOR CAFE 
Mill Woods Seniors Association

The Mill Woods Seniors Association is seeking a dedicated, mature cook/chef for their cafeteria. The position is 30-35 hours per week, Monday- Friday. Wage to be determined on experience. This position would be great for a semi-retired person. 

Job duties include: Prepare and cook breakfasts and lunches and occasional buffet dinners for special events in the evenings; maintain and purchase inventory of food supplies and equipment; keep kitchen area clean and sanitized; plan menus; supervise kitchen volunteers; plus other duties related to kitchen.

Requirements: 1-2 years of related food and kitchen management experience; food handing certificate required, and supplementary coursework in culinary arts would be an asset.

Send resumes to terri.millwoodsseniors @gmail.com or drop off at #201, 2610 Hewes Way (2nd floor of Mill Woods Library) by June 2, 2016.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SUMMER WITH DAY TRIPS

As summer nears, many people start to think about taking vacations and short trips. Day trips offered by seniors centres are a no-hassle way to make the most of your summer. Enjoy the great outdoors, learn something new, visit historic sites and have fun. Browse the list of day trips and contact the centres to learn more about their outings.
HEALTHY AGING: MENTAL FITNESS... MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
Crestwood Community League and Age Friendly Edmonton
June 1, 1 - 2:30 p.m. or 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Crestwood Community League Hall (14325 96 Avenue)
Free

We all experience aging differently and at our own rate, which may evoke a range of emotions including excitement, happiness, depression, anxiety, and stress. Although these are normal emotions, when might depression, anxiety and stress become problematic? 

Since we cannot stop getting older, what steps might we take to be healthier? What are the best ways we can ward off the negative effects of aging to protect our physical and mental health? Come and learn about mindful aging and discuss what factors may protect or hinder mindful aging in your life. Presenter: Laurie Young, Prevention and Health Promotion, Alberta Health Services 

Advance registration is appreciated to determine set-up and catering needs. Register online, via email at agefriendly@seniorscouncil.net or by phone at 780-423-5635 ext. 4.
GOOGLE IT!
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
June 9, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$10 members; $15 non-members

Former President of the Edmonton branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society, John Althouse, returns to SWESA for this presentation examining the power of the Google search engine as a source of family history information. You will gain tips on how to maximize your chances of finding the information you want while deciphering nonessential information. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200.
HEALTH & AGING - DARE TO AGE WELL
University of Alberta, Department of Medicine
June 9, 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA), 9350 82 Street
Free

Doctors from the University of Alberta will present on the topics of Plugging the Pipes, Physician Assisted Death and Mindfulness for Health. They will also participate in an Ask the Experts session where seniors can ask questions about healthy aging.

For further information and to RSVP contact Fujiao Liu at 780-248-1969 or email sneha@ualberta.ca.
DANCES AT SEESA
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)

June 10, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance 7 - 10 p.m.
This dance features The Romantics. $10 per person at the door. Refreshments included. Cash bar available.

June 12, 1- 4 p.m.
SEESA's Music Makers will be playing at the Sunday Afternoon Social Dance. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the SEESA Front Desk or at the door if not sold out. $5/person. 

Call 780-468-1985 for information.
NOMINATIONS FOR GRANDPARENTS AWARD OF DISTINCTION

The Bernadette N. Swan Social Care Foundation invites grandchildren to nominate their grandparent(s) for the Grandparents Award of Distinction. Nominations are due June 30, 2016. Nomination letters can be emailed to bnsscf5@yahoo.ca. Contact Bernadette or Tanika at 780-761-0881 for more information.  All grandparents nominated will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the awards celebration on September 10.

Spread the word - Nominate your grandparent and be part of this exciting and inspiring celebration of the importance of grandparents' role in the intergenerational relationships to family and community.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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