November 10, 2016
Seniors Sector News
LET'S RETIRE LONELINESS: VIDEO ABOUT SENIORS ISOLATION

The City of Edmonton Council Initiative on Urban Isolation and Mental Health has created a powerful video as part of the Hello How are you? campaign. The video focuses on isolation and loneliness among Edmonton's older population and issues a call to action that we can retire loneliness by starting with a simple "Hello, how are you?"
RETIREMENT PARTY FOR ROGER LAING
December 6, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of Alberta (11405 87 Avenue)
$15

After 19 years as Executive Director, Roger Laing is retiring from Sage Seniors Association. You're invited to attend a retirement party held in his honour. Tickets can be purchased online by December 2. For inquiries contact Emily at 780-701-9009 or eweisbrot@mysage.ca.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
BURSARIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Muttart Foundation offers two bursary programs that help build organizational capacity of charities through staff and key volunteer professional development. The bursaries are open to registered charities working in the social service and early childhood education and care fields.
The Muttart Bursary Program and the Muttart Leadership Program cover the tuition or registration costs of courses, programs, conferences or other training opportunities offered by a non-profit entity or a publicly-funded post-secondary institution.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT

The Richard Eaton Songsters (community outreach initiative of the Richard Eaton Singers) are available to perform at seniors organizations and residences. Their recommended honorarium is $150; however, they are able to offer a limited number of pro bono engagements each year.

As of November 4 they had the following dates and times available:
December 11: afternoon and/or evening
December 16: evening
December 18: afternoon and/or evening
Afternoons after 2 p.m.
Evenings 7 p.m.

To request a booking, email info@richardeatonsingers.com with your location, preferred date and time and budget allocation.
CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY MEALS INFO FOR 211

211 is compiling the annual 211 Winter Holiday/Christmas Meals List which highlights free or low-cost holiday and Christmas meals. Phone 780-392-8722 or e-mail database@ab.211.ca to make sure your organization's meal is on the list.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
10 EMERGING TRENDS IN DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS AND FUNDRAISING
Nonprofit Tech for Good
December 6, 9 a.m. EST
Free

This webinar will focus on what's new and next in digital communications, fundraising and online community engagement so that your nonprofit can prepare for the future.
THE HAPPY HEALTHY NONPROFIT: IMPACT WITHOUT BURNOUT
nonprofit hub
December 8, 11:30 a.m. CT
Free

Join authors Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman for a webinar about self-care in the nonprofit sector. They will provide concrete tips for individual self-care to help nonprofit professionals and social change activists embrace a happy healthy work/life to reduce burnout and increase productivity for greater impact.
VIRTUAL COLLABORATION FOR VOLUNTEER MANAGERS AND BOARDS OF DIRECTORS
Charity Village
December 8
Free

Increasingly, work has a virtual component. Yet, trying to get things done via virtual channels can be a frustrating experience. This webinar will show you practical ways to get things done with others, virtually, without sacrificing personal connection and relationship. Session topics include:
  • Key differences between virtual and in-real-life communications
  • How to maintain high-context communications in a low-context virtual world
  • 5 essential types of tools for your virtual collaboration toolbox
  • 3 common virtual collaboration platforms and how to effectively use each
  • Strategies and tips for facilitating virtual boards, teams, and difficult conversations
  • Guidelines for partnering with others, from a distance
  • How to build your personal and organizational virtual collaboration capacity
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
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
November 11
Co-hosted by North West Edmonton Seniors Society, Calder Community League and 3rd Canadian Division Support Group Signal Squadron

9:45 Church Service at NWESS (12963 120 St.)
10:15 Parade gathers at Calder Hall
10:45 Cenotaph Service
Reception to follow at NWESS with songs from WWI & WWII by the Calder Cuties
BUST A MOVE DANCE WORKSHOPS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Mondays, 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
$40

In honour of the CFR, November's classes will focus on the Two Step. Drop in to try it out. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
PERFORMANCE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
GeriActors
Fridays, November 18 and 25 and December 2, 1-3 p.m.
Location: Northgate Lions Recreation Centre (7524 139 Avenue)
$15

We all have stories to tell, from the recent past to long ago. Through theatre games, improv, laughter and fun, you'll share memories, use your imagination, and watch your stories come alive. To register call 780-496-6969.
COFFEE AND CURIOUS CONVERSATION
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Wednesdays, November 23 and December 4, 1- 3 p.m.
Free

Coffee & Curious Conversation continues to attract folks who enjoy stimulating, provocative and lively conversations and occasional debate. This program is open to everyone; one doesn't have to be a member. Call 780-433-5807 for details.
DANCE FEATURING THE CHWYL BROTHERS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
November 25, 7 p.m.
$10/person at the door

Cash bar available for members and invited guests (by reading this consider yourself invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
SEXY SENIORS: A HEALTH & WELLNESS PRESENTATION
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
November 29, 10 a.m.
Free

Seniors don't have sex. Seniors are prudes when it comes to sex. These are common myths about seniors and sex. Join NWESS for a sexual health discussion and information. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to register by November 28.
ARMCHAIR TRAVEL TO GREECE AND TURKEY
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
December 5, 10 a.m.
$3

Des has just returned from a 6-week journey and is looking forward to sharing his adventures and lots of pictures with you. RSVP by calling 780-488-4241.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
OFFICE VOLUNTEER
Drive Happiness

Are you friendly and well spoken? Drive Happiness is looking for a volunteer for their office at 75 Street and 139 Avenue. They are flexible on the time commitment, but would prefer two, 3-4 hour shifts per week. Duties will vary. This position would suit someone who is comfortable answering questions about the non profit organization. Call 780-964-1494 for details. 
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS
Drive Happiness

If you enjoy chatting with seniors and still like to drive, Drive Happiness, a local not for profit organization would love to hear from you. Even two hours a week can change a senior's life. Call 780-424-5438 for information.
CREATIVE WRITING FACILITATOR
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre

Strathcona Place 55 + seniors love a good laugh, but they are serious about creative writing which is why they are seeking a 'like-minded' facilitator to steer their course. Someone versed in English/literary skills is preferred. Contact Yasmin at 780-433-5807 for more details.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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