November 15, 2018
Seniors Sector News
Being able to respond to shifting landscapes allows program interventions to be adapted so they can be more impactful and effective in reaching a collective goal.

Join us to hear how local organizations have shown adaptability and how work being done in the seniors sector could contribute to a city-wide Smart Cities initiative.

RSVP online by December 3. For more information call 780-423-5635.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
2018 GIVING REPORT
CanadaHelps

The 2018 Giving Report reveals trends and insights about charitable giving in Canada including how and when Canadians give, which categories of charities get the most funds, and how size of a charity impacts funding. You can download the full report and view select highlights about the sector, giving facts, and comparisons across the country.
CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY MEALS

211 Edmonton is compiling the annual 211 Winter Holiday / Christmas Meals List. If your organization offers free or low-cost holiday and Christmas meals contact 211 at 780-392-8722 or by email at database@ab.211.ca to make sure your organization's meal is added to the list.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
INTRODUCTION TO UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
Centre for Race and Culture
November 23, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre (9538 107 Ave.)
$85

In this interactive workshop, you will develop your understanding of what unconscious bias is, increase your self-awareness, get up to speed with the latest research on unconscious bias, and learn some simple strategies to notice and counter your biases. To register visit www.cfrac.com/training or contact Elli Dehnavi at 780-425-4644 or by email at edehnavi@cfrac.com.
STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
Centre for Race and Culture
November 30, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre (9538 107 Ave.)
$85

Building on introductory learnings, we know that biases are malleable and steps can be taken to limit their impacts. Through case studies and interactive exercises, you will work to further identify and mitigate your biases and assumptions. To register visit www.cfrac.com/training or contact Elli Dehnavi at 780-425-4644 or by email at edehnavi@cfrac.com.
HOW TO REALLY SUCCEED AT CAUSE MARKETING
Grantspace
December 4, 12 - 1:30 p.m. (Mountain)
$49

Most every nonprofit is looking for corporate partners that will engage in high-profile cause marketing campaigns with their cause to both create incremental streams of income and help to market the nonprofit's cause in the consumer marketplace. The nonprofits that are winning at it now know there are certain steps they need to take before they pitch a corporate target, during the actual pitch and the activation of the campaign in the marketplace, and after the campaign is completed. Participate in this webinar to learn the secrets of what it really takes to acquire, maximize, and renew cause marketing partners.
ALBERTA BOARD MEMBERS ESSENTIALS PROGRAM
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
January - March 2019
$225-295

The Alberta Board Member Essentials Program (ABME) was built by Albertans for Albertans and is designed to support the growth of new and developing board members. 

ABME is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with in-person workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board. The program consists of three online courses and two half-day in-person sessions. Online sessions take approximately 3 hours each to be completed on the student's own time.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
LUNCH & LEARN: HISTORY OF EDMONTON DOWNTOWN MARKET
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
November 22, 12 p.m.
$10 members and $13 non-members
 
The City Market has been a feature of Edmonton's downtown for more than a century, but its presence there has often created controversy. What is the role of market in urban centre? RSVP by November 20. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
SAGE TED TALKS DISCUSSION GROUP
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Last Wednesday of each month, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Free

TED Talks are influential videos from experts on science, tech, creativity, and more. This monthly group will watch and then discuss a thought-provoking video. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
WISEMEN AND WONDER WOMEN DISCUSSION GROUPS
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue) 
November 28 and December 12
Wisemen 9 a.m., Wonder Women 1:30 p.m.
Free

Come for coffee, cookies and conversation. The groups are open to everyone. Registration is not required. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
DRIVE HAPPINESS 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
November 29, 12 p.m.
Westin Edmonton
$65

Drive Happiness is celebrating 20 years of providing assisted transportation services to Edmonton area seniors. In that time, they have provided tens of thousands of rides to seniors in need thanks to their volunteer drivers. Enjoy lunch, a silent auction and get to know the riders, drivers, and people that make Drive Happiness possible. Tickets are available on Eventbrite or by calling 780-424-5438.
FALL BAKE, BOOK AND CRAFT SALE
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
November 30, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The sale will showcase a wide variety of baked goods, books of all kinds and tons of handmade crafts. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 2, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$6 per plate

Enjoy three pancakes, two sausages, scrambled eggs and a beverage. Bring the whole family and save yourself from having to clean up. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
DEMENTIA ADVICE FACEBOOK LIVE SESSION
Health Link
December 6, 11 a.m.
Free

This Facebook live session will answer questions from the public on dementia and caregiver support. The panel will consist of a care of the elderly physician and dementia advice nurse. To view the session, like the Alberta Health Services Facebook page and then join in on December 6.
CHRISTMAS SHOW
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
December 11, 1 - 3 p.m.
$10 per person

The Christmas show features traditional, classical, jazz, rock and blues holiday music by SixFeetUp. Even Elvis will make an appearance! Tickets on sale until December 7. Monies raised are donated to the NESA Seniors in Need fund. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
EDMONTON CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
December 12, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
$25 members; $30 non-members

Experience Edmonton's best Christmas light displays from the comfort of a coach bus. The tour includes stops at the Alberta Legislature Buildings, Candy Cane Lane and Government House. Call 780-483-1209 for information on how to register.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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