November 14, 2019
Seniors Sector News
Alberta 211 Urges Albertans to Speak Out Against Family Violence

In recognition of November being Family Violence Prevention Month, Alberta 211 released statistics to raise awareness about family violence in Alberta. In 2018, 211 community resource specialists assessed 2,372 calls related to family violence. The calls accounted for 4.76% of total calls in 2018.
 
More than 57.84% of the calls were made by the person being abused. In total, 211 specialists spoke with 1,244 adults, 54 children, and 74 seniors experiencing family violence for a total of 1,372 individuals. The remaining 42.16% of call were made by callers concerned about family members or friends.
 
If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, call 211. Community resource specialists are available 24/7 to help direct people to resources that can help.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Learning Opportunities
INTRODUCTION TO APPRECIATIVE POLICYMAKING
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
November 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre, 8330 82 Avenue)
$55 members; $80 non-members

Good policies lift your organization from being reactionary to being visionary, and push you and your mission forward into the future. In this three-hour workshop, learn how you can create the strongest possible policies for your organization.
THE ACCIDENTAL DESIGNER: HOW TO DESIGN IMAGES LIKE A PRO, THREE-PART COURSE
Tech Impact Idealware
Thursdays, December 5-19, 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
$135 USD

We all know that websites or flyers that are balanced, colorful, and visually interesting get more attention. But if you work at a small nonprofit, chances are you don't have much money to spend on a graphic designer. Fortunately, anyone can learn the basics of graphic design, and this comprehensive three-part course can offer you the knowledge and skills you need to wow your followers with interesting and attractive designs.
SOCIAL SUMMIT: FROM ISOLATION TO CONNECTION
Strathcona County Family and Community Services
December 9-10
Location: Agora Room, Strathcona County Community Centre (401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, AB)
$250-$325

Social isolation is an emerging public health crisis at the root of our society's most challenging problems. There is more data to indicate that social connectedness improves the health of individuals and communities. Join other community change agents for this summit that will equip you with the tools you need to improve social cohesion in your community. Registration closes by December 2. Register soon to avoid disappointment.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association 

Sage is seeking a communications coordinator to work closely with the Community Engagement team to ensure effective communication of Sage's programs and services; foster goodwill and partnership across senior-serving sectors; and prepare information, resources, and other materials for broad dissemination to seniors, their families, caregivers, senior-serving professionals, and other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have a diploma or degree in Public Relations, English, Marketing, or Communications, or diploma or equivalent experience; 3 to 5 years of experience in a communications environment; and previous experience working with volunteers. Undergoing a Police Information Check, including Vulnerable Sector check, is required.

This is a permanent full-time position, 35 hours a week. The application deadline is November 19. Please see the detailed job posting for more information and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
Vinok Worldance
November 21-22, 6:30 p.m.; November 23, 5:30 p.m.; 
November 24, 11 a.m.
Location: Chateau Louis Conference Centre (11420 117 Street)
$85-$175; $42 for children 12 and under

Experience a beloved Edmonton tradition. For the past 20 years, audiences have been captivated by the artistry and emotion of Vinok's Dinner Theatre. Witness centuries of culture, costume, traditions, live music, and stunning choreography in this special holiday performance. All prices include GST and gratuity. Call 780-454-3739 or go online to purchase tickets.
CFL GREY CUP POTLUCK PARTY
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
November 24; 3:30 p.m. (doors), 4 p.m. (kick off)
$10

Hey sports fans! Come cheer on your favourite team at this Grey Cup potluck party. Get ready to have lots of laughs and, don't forget to bring along some tasty tailgate fare for the potluck, whether it be loaded nachos, chicken wings, or chips 'n dip. There will be a cash bar and 50/50 tickets available for sale. Call 780-451-1925 to your tickets before Friday November 22.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH ANDREW KNACK
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
November 28, 11:30 a.m.
Free

Join Councillor Knack for a conversation about current issues affecting Edmontonians. Have your say on municipal topics that matter to you as a senior in Edmonton. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
TOONIE TALKS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre  (9629 176 Street)
$2 per session for members and non-members

Get expert advice about need-to-know topics for seniors. Past presenters have included estate lawyers, home organizers, financial planners, fraud prevention experts and more.

Upcoming session include:
  • November 28, 10-11:30 a.m.: Protecting your Retirement Portfolio in Today's Economy
  • December 2, 1:30-3 p.m.: How to Prevent Frauds, Scams, and Becoming a Victim
  • December 3, 1:30-3 p.m.: Progressives, Bifocals, and Readers
Call 780-483-1209 or go online for more information.
MUSIC APPRECIATION LECTURES: HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS CAROL
Central Lions Seniors Association  (11113 113 Street)
November 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
$12

Fa la la la la, la la la la! The holidays are drawing near. This festive season, enjoy some holiday music and learn about how the Christmas carol came to be. This is an active listening course where you will hear carols-old and new-from the Oxford Books of Carols. Call 780-496-7369 for more information and to register.
ALZHEIMER'S INFO SESSION
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
December 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

Learn about the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's and its impact on loved ones. This talk will address common myths, treatment and care, prevention, and resources you can access to avoid feeling alone and overwhelmed. Registration is required for this event. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
December 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$25

Enjoy a bus tour of rural Strathcona Country for their annual Christmas in the Country celebration. Stop at five different communities to visit Christmas markets, enjoy activities, and listen to music. This tour will include indoor and outdoor portions, so remember to dress for the weather. Roundtrip bus transportation from Sage is included in the cost of your ticket. Remember to bring additional spending money for food and shopping. Call 780-423-5510 to register by November 29. Don't delay! Only 20 spots are available.
LUNCH AND A PROGRAM: TURKEY DINNER
Petrolia Seniors Group (55+)
December 10, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Greenfield Community Hall (3803 114 Street)
$25

Enjoy a festive turkey dinner with all the trimmings accompanied by a lively choral performance to lift your spirits. To get tickets, contact Nick at 780-435-1045 or Betty at 780-434-0711.
FEEDBACK WANTED: PERFORMING ARTS ACCESSIBILITY SURVEY
Edmonton Performing Arts Accessibility Ad Hoc Group

Edmonton's performing arts community wants to know how to make performance art more accessible for Edmontonians. To this end, a survey has been developed to learn about common barriers to engaging with performing arts in Edmonton. If you're a theatre buff with ideas to share, make sure to complete the survey before December 20. For more information, email yegperformingarts@gmail.com , or call or text 780-233-5778.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
STUDY PARTICIPANTS WANTED: UNDER-REPORTING IN ABUSE OF OLDER ADULTS IN THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES 
University of Calgary

Are you an older adult who has experienced some form of abuse, potentially including serious harm, disrespect, or assault? The University of Calgary is seeking feedback from older adults 55+ on this issue. Study participants will be interviewed in a comfortable setting of their choosing. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. An honorarium of $25 will be provided to study participants. If you are interested in participating in this study or have any questions, contact Carla Liepert at the University of Calgary, at carla.liepert@ucalgary.ca or 780-232-1285.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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