November 16, 2017
Seniors Sector News
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID SENIORS

The Government of Alberta is providing training free of charge to help build skills in recognizing and effectively responding to an emerging mental health problem or crisis. Anyone living in Alberta who is a senior, cares for or works with seniors is eligible.

Participants will learn how to:
  • Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop
  • Provide initial help when dealing with a mental health problem or crisis
  • Guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help
  • Provide strategies and resources to support both seniors and their caregivers
Review more detailed information on this training and email mrowan@cmha.ab.ca or phone 587-525-6088 to register.

Free training is also available for those who wish to become instructors.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
SCHIZOPHRENIA PRESENTATIONS

The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta's Community Education Program offers a free 1 hour or 1.5-hour presentation that offers lived-experience perspectives on serious mental health issues. Every presentation offers current facts about schizophrenia and similar disorders, the impact of psychosis, and personal stories to show the journey through illness and into recovery.  Presenters will come to your location in the daytime or evening.

If you have questions or would like to book a presentation contact Tanya Behm at tbehm@schizophrenia.ab.ca or 780-452-4661.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
FINDING MEANING IN THE NUMBERS: HOW TO MAKE DATA-INFORMED DECISIONS ACROSS YOUR ORGANIZATION
TechSoup Canada
November 24, 10 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

Does your nonprofit track vital data but lack the time and resources to make sense of it? Participate in this webinar to learn how to create a reasonable and manageable data strategy, and how to foster a culture of data-informed decision making across your entire organization. You will learn how to:
  • harness the potential of business intelligence and Big Data
  • create and implement an integrated data strategy
  • overcome institutional resistance and foster a culture of data-informed decision making
  • use dashboards to gain insight into a variety of data sources
THE NONPROFIT SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS TOOLKIT
Idealware
Tuesdays, December 5-19 and January 9-23
$270

As social media grows more ubiquitous, audiences grow more sophisticated, and simply maintaining a presence is no longer enough. For your nonprofit to succeed on social media, you need to plan strategically, post thoughtfully, and think holistically across all your platforms. This online course will teach you how to do just that. Participants will:
  • Explore how social media can help develop and grow their brands
  • Consider their audience and think through strategies for motivating them to take action
  • Learn how social media tools can work with other communications channels to reinforce and amplify messages
  • Begin creating a social media policy for their organizations
  • Review ways to approach fundraising on social
  • Discover tools and data techniques to measure social media success
  • Begin designing a written social media strategy
ENGAGING PRO BONO AND SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERS
VolunteerMatch
December 7, 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Integrating skills-based volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this webinar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.
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
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services (JFS) is seeking a new Executive Director, as their current one is retiring. JFS is a mid-sized agency with a big heart, offering counselling and support services to build a more resilient and healthy Edmonton region. The full ad can be seen on the JFS website.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE

Edmonton Meals on Wheels is in need of Christmas wrapping paper, gift bags and small gifts for their annual holiday gift drive for their homebound clients. Donations will be accepted at the Meals on Wheels office (11111 103 Avenue) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call the Edmonton Meals on Wheels office at 780-429-2020 for more information.
DAWSON PARK AND KINNAIRD RAVINE MASTER PLAN PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
City of Edmonton
November 21, 5 - 8 p.m.
Location: E4C - Alex Taylor School Gym (9321 Jasper Avenue)
 
The City of Edmonton invites you to provide your input on the proposed final concept for the Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan to help fine-tune the program and its features. This preferred concept was shaped by input and ideas shared in earlier project phases to. If you can't make it to the open house, fill out the online survey on the project webpage at edmonton.ca/DawsonParkMasterPlan.
OPEN JAM
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
November 23, 1 - 3 p.m.

Join the jam or just relax and enjoy the show. For more information call 587-525-8969. Note that the entrance is on the west side of building.
SERGEANT WILSON'S THE AIRFORCE SHOW
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
November 23, 2 p.m.
$12

Come and enjoy the good old sentimental music from the 40s and 50s. Tickets on sale until November 20. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
WHEN ANXIETY IS TOO MUCH: TURNING DOWN THE ANXIETY DIAL
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
November 23, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

This workshop is for anyone who ever struggled with anxiety and provides a frame for understanding how your brain makes you anxious and what you can do to change it and turn down the anxiety dial. Learn practical, effective tips to manage your anxiety on a daily basis. Attending this workshop will boost your confidence in how to both prevent and manage your anxiety. You will leave the session with an expanded collection of tools and techniques. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
ANNUAL BAZAAR
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
November 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Entrance is free. Purchases depend on you!

Come support the centre, enjoy some Christmas baking, and find that perfect gift for the new baby in the family. Lunch is available to buy. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
CHOIR PERFORMANCE AND CRAFT/BAKE SALE
SCONA
November 26
Location: Ritchie Hall (7727 98 Street)

The German Men's Choir will perform followed by refreshments. Cost $15. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with performance at 2 p.m. The Christmas Craft & Bake Sale will be held in the hall foyer from 1:30 - 5 p.m. Call 780-433-5377 for more information.
FALL SAFETY AND MANAGEMENT
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
November 29, 1 p.m.
$2

Philips Lifeline will speak about Fall Safety and Management and there will also be a demonstration on how to get up from a fall. Call 780-433-5807 to reserve your seat.
LUMINARIA
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
December 3
$30
Bus will leave the centre at 6 p.m. Tour 7- 9 p.m. Return to the centre at 10 p.m.

Luminaria at the U of A Botanic Gardens marks the beginning of the winter season with a breathtaking display of thousands of candles along the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. Visitors can count on their favourite elements such as a stroll through the candle-lit pathways, hot apple cider beside the bonfires, ice sculptures, and delightful snow sprites. RSVP with payment by November 28. Call 780-488-4241 for information.
EXERCISE WHILE TRAVELLING PROGRAM
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Mondays, December 4-18, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
$21 for members; $27 for non-members; drop-in fee of $10 per class

It is not necessary to spend extra money or visit a gym while you are on vacation. Pack a few simple things and, with some know-how, you are in business! Learn what to take with you and how to use your environment to keep strong and fit while travelling. This class is part lecture and part hands-on teaching.  Register in advance at the MWSA front desk. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
December 7
$17

Enjoy turkey dinner with all the dressings, live entertainment, prizes, gifts and giveaways. Bingo to follow. Call 780-342-8625 for details. RSVP by November 30.
MAVIE'S MITTEN TREE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
December 13, 11:30 a.m. 
$10 members; $12 non-members

There will be a hot lunch, musical entertainment and special little guests will receive mitten's from Mavie's Mitten tree and a visit from Santa. There is limited seating so please purchase your tickets at the front desk in advance. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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