November 30, 2017
Resources
HEARING LOOPS IN EDMONTON

A hearing loop system wirelessly transmits sound directly to an individual's hearing aid or cochlear implant without the need for any additional equipment such as headphones or neck loops. The hearing loop is a wire that circles a room and is connected to the sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically and the electromagnetic signal is picked up by a telecoil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant. To use a hearing loop, a user flips the t-switch on their hearing aid or cochlear implant.

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Edmonton Branch has compiled a list of hearing loops in the Edmonton area and some background information on hearing loop systems. For more information contact the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Edmonton Branch at 780-428-6622 or by email at chha-ed@shaw.ca.
OFFICE FURNITURE REUSE INITIATIVE
City of Edmonton

The City of Edmonton has a surplus of furniture and other items and they are making these items available to City-funded not-for-profit agencies. There is no charge for any of the items, but organizations will be responsible to pay for any delivery and installation that is required. All orders will be made through I-Care Office Stock. You can view and order items using the process outlined in this document. The deadline to submit orders is December 8.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
EVALUATION TOOLS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Tamarack Institute
December 7, 1 - 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Have you been engaging your community but want a better sense of the impact your work is having? The Tamarack Institute's evaluation practitioner, Liz Weaver, will share some of her favourite tools for evaluating the impact and outcomes of your community engagement efforts in this webinar. The tools covered include the Outcomes Diary, Community Engagement Scorecards, and Most Significant Change. You'll learn how to use these tool and hear tips for implementation. There will also be an open Q&A towards the end of the webinar to ask Liz any evaluation questions on your mind.
EXPLORE HELPFUL HEALTHY AGING RESOURCES
National Council on Aging
December 12, 2 p.m. (Eastern)

Join this webinar for a guided tour of helpful resources developed by National Council on Aging's Center for Healthy Aging to support your work in implementing evidence-based programs. Learn more about the tip sheets, webinars, and sample materials available for marketing and recruitment, developing partnerships, evaluation, and sustainability. An overview of the Best Practices Toolkit: Resources from the Field and Roadmap to Community Integrated Health Care will be shared.
ECVO LEADERSHIP SERIES: SPEED MENTORING
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO)
December 12, 6-9 p.m.
Varscona Hotel (8208 106 Street)

ECVO will partner Executive Directors new to the human services sector with established Executive Directors with 7+ years of experience leading human services organizations to provide opportunities to transfer knowledge and skills to a new generation of non-profit leaders.

At the Speed Mentoring event, each mentee will have a chance to connect with all eight mentors in a 'speed dating' format. At the end of the event, all mentees and mentors will offer their preferred choices for mentorship, which ECVO will collate into final pairings. Mentors and mentees will then connect for a minimum of two meetings in 2018. Mentees pay a one-time fee to cover administrative costs of the program. 

ECVO is currently looking for eight human services sector Executive Directors with fewer than three years experience in the role who are eager to learn from experienced mentors as part of ECVO's Leadership Series. If you are interested, register for the event.
NETWORKING DINNER
Alberta Association on Gerontology Edmonton Chapter and Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association
January 17, 2018 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Winspear Room, Faculty Club, University of Alberta
$50-60

The topic for the event is Supporting a Healthier System For Seniors and its Sustainability with guest speaker The Honourable Sarah Hoffman Deputy Premier of Alberta and Minister of Health. Registration and payment must be received no later than January 12, 2018.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
ARTS, HUMAN RIGHTS AND HARMONY
December 2, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Mill Woods Multicultural Centre (#201, 2610 Hewes Way)

Join people from many cultures as they share their diverse artistic expressions - displays, presentations, unique items for sale, demonstrations and refreshments.
COMPUTER CLASS
SCONA (10831 University Avenue)
Sundays, 1 p.m. (except long weekends)
Free

Learn what you need through individual instruction. Call Dellah at 780-430-0738 if you are interested.
ESSENTIAL OILS TALK
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
December 5, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
$2

Nature's essential oils can provide wonderful, safe and natural comforts to our health and well-being. Learn how to combat flus and colds, raise your mood, support your immune system, assist in first aid/pain relief, non-toxic cleaning and so much more. Pre-register at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
CHRISTMAS BUREAU SING-A-LONG
December 8, noon
Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Admission by donation to the Christmas Bureau

Join in this annual tradition of the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and the Winspear Centre and get into the festive spirit.
A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION WITH THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY BAND
December 8, 7:30 p.m.
Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Free

Kick off the holiday season with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band featuring a selection of holiday favourites. The concert will also showcase the Rhythm Gunners Big Band and the vocal stylings of Bombardier Lucas Denneboom. The concert is in support of the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
December 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
$2

Enjoy an afternoon of song and dance. All monies raised will go to seniors in need. Tickets on sale until December 8. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
December 13, 6 - 8 p.m.
$15

See some beautiful Christmas lights around Edmonton on the ETS Christmas Lights Tour. This roughly two-hour bus ride will take you around the city to see some of Edmonton's most beautiful light displays at the Alberta Legislature, Candy Cane Lane, Churchill Square, and City Hall. Family members are welcome to attend. Buses will depart from all three of SWESA's locations:
  • Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
  • Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre (2051 Leger Road)
  • Twin Brooks Community League (11341 12 Avenue)
Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
CHRISTMAS DINNER
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
December 13, 5 p.m.
$15 in advance or $18 at the door

Enjoy traditional Christmas dinner and entertainment. Call 780-433-5807 to reserve a seat.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
December 15, doors at 11:30 a.m.
$25 members; $30 guests/non-members

While you are enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, listen to CLSA's very own Firefighter's Alumni Band and choral group Homegrown Harmonies serenade you with holiday and historical favourites.  Cash Bar. Entertainment and meal included in ticket price. Registrations can be done before Dec. 12 in person, online at www.edmonton.ca/ereg or over the phone through 311. Use barcode 621582.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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