November 2, 2017
Seniors Sector News


Throughout the fall months daylight becomes scarce, and the days grow even shorter once daylight savings ends. For a senior living alone, who has health challenges or is a caregiver, less light can increase the risk of becoming withdrawn and isolated.

On November 5, the day we turn the clocks back, Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere (RISE) encourages Canadians to connect with seniors to brighten their day. RISE offers some suggestions on how to reach out to seniors you know and seniors you're soon to meet!
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards

The Edmonton Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Vital Signs Grant which supports initiatives designed to increase the sense of belonging to community. 
Priority will be given to projects serving people with a high risk of social isolation as identified in the report (those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative. Charities can only receive one grant per calendar year. Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiatives. Examples of initiatives that might be supported include events, pilots or prototypes, initiatives that may help marginalized communities be more engaged with existing programming, and organizational or community learning opportunities.

The first deadline is January 15, 2018 for initiatives after March 1, 2018. Future deadlines include June 15, 2018 for initiatives after August 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018 for initiatives after November 1, 2018.

For more information contact ECF's Grants Team at or by phone at 780-426-0015.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)

The Employment Standards Tool Kit for Employers covers the basics of employment standards laws and offers an in-depth look on how to apply the standards to your workplace.

Employment Standards Guides help employers and their staff better understand the basics of Employment Standards. You can request print copies through the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 1-877-427-3131.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
November 16, 10 a.m. (Pacific)

Are you sending out sponsorship packages every week and hearing nothing back? Gold, Silver, Bronze doesn't work... but what do you use instead to cut it in the highly competitive sponsorship space? This webinar will show you exactly what you need to do to build a business case that sponsors will want to read:
  • What every sponsorship package must have and what you should never include
  • The end of Gold, Silver, Bronze and what to replace it with
  • The importance of audience data and how to use it to attract sponsors
  • How to engage your leadership and board of directors and get internal buy in
  • Using sponsor feedback to build a sponsorship package and set up the sale
  • Short cuts and time saving techniques for implementation
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
November 21, 6-9 p.m.
The Bothy (5482 Calgary Trail)

Executive Directors are invited to a night of insightful conversation, beer and delicious appetizers. Connect and chat with fellow non-profit Executive Directors while focusing on the theme of combating burnout in non-profit leaders.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
November 23, 9-11 a.m.
ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre, 8330 82 Ave.)

Managing the staff and volunteer relationship can be tricky. Those who manage and coordinate volunteers are encouraged to participate in this Think Tank to discuss their role in managing this important relationship. This will be an opportunity to talk with your peers about how to inspire positive staff and volunteer relationships and increase volunteer engagement at your organization.
November 30, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)

What should you do when it's time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This webinar will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can't or won't adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.
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
Drive Happiness Seniors Association

We are seeking a highly motivated, skilled individual to lead our organization as Executive Director.
  • Establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the Association
  • Program planning and management
  • Leadership
  • Operational planning and management
  • Risk management
  • Human resources planning and management
  • Financial planning, fundraising and management
  • Community relations/advocacy
  • Post-Secondary education in business/human services/volunteer management/public health
  • Proven track record with revenue generation, fund development, and grant writing
  • Experience in a management and volunteer management roles
  • Organizational, communication and strong leadership abilities
  • Ability to work with a variety of community stakeholders and board of directors
  • Demonstrated personal belief in the power of relationships and the value of seniors and the aging population
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors

Organizers of an event highlighting senior multicultural artists are seeking people 60+ to showcase their talents. They are looking for artists who create in all mediums (paint, fabric, clay, paper, etc.) and performers willing to share by dancing, reciting, singing, or playing instruments. Participants can display, demonstrate, and offer items for sale. They are hoping to highlight a variety of artistic expressions and a variety of cultures.

The event takes place December 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mill Woods Multicultural Centre. There is no cost to take part unless a participant is selling items, in which case there is a $10 charge.

Organizers hope to finalize participants by November 10. If you are interested in taking part, contact Jim Gurnett at with information about your artistic expression (a photo or two to illustrate would be appreciated). 

This is a year-end opportunity to mark Canada 150 and appreciate the diverse creativities of our older neighbours in the community.

Falls are the leading cause of injury among seniors. The Finding Balance falls prevention program offers good suggestions on how to prevent a fall and what to do if you fall.
Edmonton Scandinavian Centre Association
November 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dutch Canadian Centre (13312 142 St.)
Free admission and parking

Pick up ethnic baking and crafts for Christmas and treat yourself to Danish open-faced sandwiches. Phone 780-628-5005 or email for more information.
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
November 8, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The first half of this lecture will showcase a 50-minute documentary called "Best of Travel - China". You will learn about the trendy shops and high skyscrapers of Shanghai which blends the modern world and traditional. You then venture to Hong Kong where you experience the most popular tourist attractions and learn about Chinese culture. Following the documentary, a WSAC member will share her experiences through pictures from her recent travel to China. A Chinese lunch is available for purchase for $8 in the café following the talk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
November 10, 1-4 p.m.

Participate in a creative afternoon of fun. You will choose from several reference images of poppies and painting techniques, and will be guided through brushing, scraping, pouring, and blowing to develop your own masterpiece in acrylic. 

The fee includes all materials, delicious refreshments and a $50 tax receipt. Funds raised through this event will support the CLSA Scholarship Fund allowing low-income members to participate in programs and events at the centre. Register at the CLSA front desk or online at Edmonton/ using Barcode 611612. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre and Central Lions Seniors Association
November 20, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: 11113 113 Street

Medical marijuana is a hot topic these days. With medical cannabinoid prescriptions becoming more readily available, along with the Federal Government's plans to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2018, the controversy has incited discussions and opinions from both sides of the argument. Discover the benefits, availability and variety of methods of consuming this natural plant, and the legal implications of both medical and recreational marijuana at this forum.

Phone 311 to register by telephone, visit CLSA in person between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or register online at using Barcode: 621610.
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
November 21, 6 - 9 p.m.
$20 (show and light refreshments)

A musical act all the way from the Netherlands will entertain you with music from the 40s and 50s, including songs of Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, and much more.  Doors at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the MWSA front desk. For more information, call 780-496-2997.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
November 22, 11:30 a.m.
$25 (lunch and show)

Have a delightful lunch and enjoy a spectacular music production and theatre. The Airforce Show is renowned worldwide and features the sounds of the 40s and 50s. Tickets must be purchased at the centre by November 15. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
November 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)

Are you ready to become a published author? Learn how to publish your own manuscript as a paperback or hard cover book, complete with an ISBN bar code, so that it can be sold anywhere. You will also learn how you will know when you are ready to self-publish, how to choose a printer and how to prepare a manuscript. Editing, proofreading and cover preparation will also be discussed. For more information on this course, email or call 780-497-5082.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors

Abbott School serves elementary school children in Edmonton's northeast. Many of the students have experienced significant and toxic stress which has a negative impact on growth and development. The Books and Board Games Program helps improve the executive functions of the young brain and provides opportunities to learn to be flexible; to use working memory; to plan and organize; and to stop and think before acting. Senior volunteers both encourage and model these behaviours with in-class support from the school social worker.

Volunteers are required Wednesday afternoons from 12:45 to 3 p.m. during the school year. While an on-going commitment is appreciated, a "drop-in when you can" model is also offered. 

Read more about this opportunity. For more information or to visit the program contact Ron Nichol at 780 465-2368 or
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)

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