November 29, 2018
Seniors Sector News
LIVE STREAM OF CONVERSATION CAFE

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is trying something new for our conversation cafe on December 6 and we invite you to be part of it.  In addition to the in-person event, we're going to broadcast the presentations using Facebook Live.

The topic of the upcoming conversation cafe is Being Smarter with our Community Initiatives. Presentations will focus on how 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. Learn more about the event and register.

If you're not able to join us in person on December 6, we hope you'll join us from the comfort of your home or office via Facebook. Tune in at 1 p.m. on ESCC's Facebook page for the live stream of the conversation cafe.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
HEARING HOSPITAL KITS AND TRAINING FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Edmonton Branch (CHHA-ED) has kits available for hard-of-hearing patients visiting the hospital. The kits include the following items in a re-sealable bag:
  • Tips brochure
  • "Face me" badge to clip on your pillow or gown
  • Yellow international symbol sheet
  • International hearing stickers
  • Green hearing aid / cochlear implant information card
  • Pink communication tips sign and cards
  • Battery tester
  • Pen and note pad
  • A plastic bag and container to secure hearing aids when not being worn
Cindy Gordon of CHHA-ED can also conduct training on the kits for health professionals.

To get kits or inquire about training, phone Cindy at 780-428-6624 or email cindy@chha-ed.com.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
FUNDRAISING FOR SMALL NONPROFITS: STOP COMPETING AND START THRIVING!
Charity Village
December 6, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Fundraising in small organizations can be crazy-making. It can be demoralizing to hear "XYZ large organization just hosted a million-dollar gala. I think we should try host a gala too". Or maybe it's the dreaded "I've never heard of your organization". It's tough to be a small nonprofit where it feels like the large ones have all the advantages. How can you compete?

This webinar will show you how you can leverage unique opportunities of being a small nonprofit so you can stop "competing" and start raising more money.
MASTERING CRITICAL FIRST STEP FOR GRANTS: LETTER OF INQUIRY
CharityHowTo
December 12, 11 a.m. or December 19, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
$87

A common first step of private foundation applications is the letter of inquiry (LOI). Not to be confused with a letter of intent often required by government grant makers, letters of inquiry can be a barrier to grant seeking success if you aren't careful. You need to engage your letter of inquiry reader right away to be invited to submit a full proposal. This webinar will walk you through, step-by-step, how to write a letter of inquiry that will grab your potential funder's attention.
CASL AND GDPR FOR NONPROFITS
TechSoup Canada
December 12, 12 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

All nonprofits operating in Canada need to comply with Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) if they send "commercial" electronic messages (including electronic newsletters). Additionally, if you have members, donors or website visitors from the EU, you must be in compliance with the GDPR, Europe's new privacy law.

But don't worry! It's not as complicated as it sounds and complying with this legislation shouldn't be a barrier to effective communication with your audiences, whether it's in your fundraising activities, donor communications, or general practices.

In this webinar you will learn:
  • How to handle your contacts' personal data
  • How to obtain and handle meaningful consent
  • The types of software to help you stay compliant
  • The channels of communication (e-mail and other digital communication) you can use to promote your work while remaining compliant
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
HOLIDAY MAGIC COMES TO CITY HALL
December 3 - 7, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: City Room at Edmonton City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Free

Ring in the holiday season at City Hall with choral and hand bell performances by elementary and junior high school classes from across Edmonton. Don't miss the special performance of The Nutcracker by the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers on December 5, 12:30 - 12:50 p.m.

Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for the Edmonton Food Bank. Visit edmonton.ca/HolidayMagic or call 311 for details.
LUNCH & LEARN: WHAT'S NEW IN THE EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT?
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
December 13, 12 p.m.
$10 members; $13 non-members

A Business Development Manager of the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) will talk about the airport's new endeavors. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
THURSDAY LUNCHEONS WITH ENTERTAINMENT
SouthWest Seniors Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
December 13, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$10/member; $12/non-member

Entertainment on December 13 will be provided by the Southwest Seniors' Choir. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
CHRISTMAS DINNER
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 14, doors at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m.
$20 per person

Join NWESS for a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The Drama Club has been working hard to create a fantastic production just for you! There will be raffles, prizes and a cash bar. 

Get your tickets before December 7. Call 780-451-1925 or check the NWESS Facebook page for more information.
CHRISTMAS SINGALONG PARTY
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
December 17, 12 - 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$5 members; $10 non-members

Tone deaf or talented troubadours alike, join in from your seat or take centre stage through this seasonal singalong and karaoke event with SWESA's new sound equipment. Light snacks and refreshments are provided. Registration is required by December 10. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
CHRISTMAS AT HOTEL MACDONALD
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
December 19, bus departs CLSA at 10:45 a.m. and returns 1 p.m.
$65 for members and non-members

Enjoy a fantastic buffet luncheon in a beautiful setting with no downtown parking hassles. The fee includes transportation. Space is limited so RSVP by December 12. Use barcode 636245 to register. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
FEEDING VOLUNTEERS
St. Michael's Long Term Care Centre (7404 139 Avenue)

Volunteers are urgently needed to assist residents who are not able to feed themselves during meal times. Training on how to feed residents is provided. No experience is necessary.

Assistance is required from:
  • 8:30 - 10 a.m. (Breakfast)
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Lunch)
  • 4:30 - 6 p.m. (Dinner)

Call 780-472-4534 or apply online at smhg.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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