October 19, 2017
Grants and Awards
INTERGENERATIONAL INNOVATION FUND

Community groups can access funding for intergenerational projects through the Age Friendly Edmonton Intergenerational Innovation Fund Grant. The maximum grant amount is $5,000, but if your group is requesting more you can discuss the request with Diana O'Donoghue at diana.o'donoghue@edmonton.ca.  Project proposals will be reviewed by committee, therefore not all projects may be funded. November 20 is the submission deadline.
CHANGES TO THE CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant now offers more incentives for employers to participate:
  • 100 per cent of training cost covered for eligible unemployed hires (up to $15,000) with incremental training requirement waived
  • Sole proprietors can now train their employees using CAJG
  • Assistance on travel costs for small and medium-sized organizations (outside of Edmonton and Calgary) when training is over 100 km one way
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
WHERE DO SENIORS LIVE IN EDMONTON?

A recent story in the Edmonton Journal highlighted a new tool that provides maps showing the age distribution across Edmonton. The maps are based on 2016 Statistics Canada information.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
MODERN EMAIL STRATEGIES TO WIN MORE DONORS
HubSpot and Classy
October 26, 10 a.m. (Pacific)

While more nonprofits are using email to drive donations, many are seeing a decline in performance metrics. This is because even the most sophisticated nonprofit marketers often lack the effective strategies for donor segmentation and targeted messaging. This webinar covers:
  • What a behavioral email strategy is, and how it can help your nonprofit fight list decay
  • Why, and how, to segment your nonprofit email list
  • How to create personas within your donor base and deliver individualized messages through email
  • How to move supporters down the marketing funnel
  • Examples of nonprofit email campaigns that used these techniques with success
MUSIC FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS: TRAINING FOR CAREGIVERS OF SENIORS
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
October 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
$30 + GST

Discover strategies for using music for personal wellness for yourself or in your role as a caregiver or volunteer. Learn about the positive impact music therapy can have for seniors living with dementia and other neurological disorders. This course will include clinical music therapy examples as well as the opportunity to participate in music therapy experiences. No prior musical training is needed. Register online at MacEwan.ca/SCE or by phone at 780-497-4400 using course code: SISS 0042 B151.
BUILDING A RESULTS-BASED BOARD
GrantSpace
November 1, 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Pacific)
Free

In this webinar, learn how to move your board from the reporting and activity mode of operation to a results-based approach that is informed and inspired by purpose. Explore the characteristics and practices of a results-based board in relationship to the organization and the board's own effectiveness. A case study will also illustrate how a board's culture and practices can be shifted in partnership with staff leadership. 
RISK MANAGEMENT FOR NONPROFITS
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, Volunteer Alberta and The Co-operators
November 8
Suite 309, Empire Building (10080 Jasper Avenue)
Free

This workshop will cover the risks associated with onboarding volunteers and how to mitigate risk and liability. Sessions will include:

Risk Management for Nonprofits: Learn about the relationship between risk and liability and how to mitigate risk in your organization or screening practices. A Co-operators advisor will be on site to answer any questions you may have.

Screening Volunteers In. Not Out.: Learn about the important steps in the screening process, develop a deeper understanding of the volunteer screening process and its players, and begin to identify ways to enhance screening practices and policies within your organization.
INFORMATION SESSION: BILL 17 EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS CODE CHANGES
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
November 9, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
ECVO Training Room (Room 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre (8330 82 Avenue)
$10-15

Changes to the Employment Standards Code will come into effect on January 1, 2018. These changes cover items such as leave eligibility, overtime, deductions, holiday pay and terminations. Assistant Deputy Minister Leann Wagner from the Ministry of Strategic Policy, will explain how the changes will impact your organization at this information session.
HOW TO CREATE AN ARMY OF ONLINE STORYTELLERS TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD FOR YOUR NONPROFIT
CharityHowTo
November 9 at 11 a.m. or November 14 at 1 p.m. (Mountain)
$87

Do you have great stories to tell but are not sure how and where to tell them? Do you have supporters who could be engaged to spread the word about your nonprofit online, but you don't know where to start? Join this webinar to learn:
  • How to incorporate data into storytelling
  • How to use visuals to enhance your nonprofit's stories
  • How to craft powerful calls to action at the end of each story
  • How to measure your results to ensure return on investment
  • A step-by-step actionable plan to identify, recruit and train storytelling ambassadors
  • A sample job description to use when recruiting Storytelling Ambassadors
  • How to engage and activate Storytelling Ambassadors using your nonprofit website, email newsletter, blog and social media channels
  • A checklist for the Storytelling Ambassadors Online Tool Kit
  • How to keep storytelling ambassadors motivated and engaged
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
COFFEE TALK: 65 STEPS TO BECOMING AN EXCELLENT EXECUTOR
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 24, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
No cost to members

Join Estate Connection Law firm for an educational session that will answer all your questions around executors. It is part one of a 3-part series that will be occurring at WSAC over the next couple of months. This seminar will cover how to choose your executor for your will, steps needed to close an estate when someone passes, issues that can arise when dealing with beneficiaries and closing an estate, and the legal role of the executor. All members will receive a free executor duties handbook. A door prize, cake and refreshments will be provided. Call 780-483-1209.
COMMUNITY DRUMMING CIRCLE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
October 26, November 2, November 9 from 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Twin Brooks Community League
$35 member; $45 non-member
 
SWESA is hosting a CommUNITY drumming circle! Many cultures practice drumming as a spiritual or religious passage and interpret drummed rhythm similarly to spoken language or prayer. Drumming has developed over millennia to be a powerful art form. This session will provide a social, engaging, and uplifting experience with many opportunities to create and express ourselves. No musical experience is required. Registration is required.
GHOSTBLUSTERS! MURDER MYSTERY & DINNER
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
October 27, cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.
$50/person

Will someone go to murderous lengths to ensure the centre is officially certified as haunted? You don't want to miss out on this night of ghostly fun! Call 780-496-7369 for information.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
$5

The 2nd Floor Café is hosting a pancake breakfast during the MWSA Craft/Bake/Book Sale. All are welcome to attend the breakfast which includes pancakes, bacon or sausage, and fresh fruit. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
FRAUD PREVENTION PRESENTATION
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
October 31, 10 a.m.
Free

Learn how to protect you and your loved ones against the most common scams, frauds and identity theft that specifically target seniors. Presentation includes common internet scams such as sites, impersonating RCMP or Police requiring payment to avoid persecution, telephone scams such as spoofing or impersonation of victims known contact voice. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
YOGA WORKSHOP: BETTER BALANCE AND YOU
Southwest Senior's Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
November 1, 1-2:30 p.m.
$10

This workshop and regular practice will allow you to make steps towards balance and to step in balance. Call 780-435-9515 to book a spot.
NOVEMBER OUTING
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
November 5
$40

This outing includes a tour of the Nanaskar Gurdwara Sikh Temple, a stop at the Greenland Garden Centre and Brunch at Chartier restaurant in Beaumont. Contact the centre at 780-488-4241 for more information.
SAFE DRIVING AND YOUR SENSES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
November 6, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
$2

AMA in partnership with Connect Hearing presents Safe Driving and Your Senses. Come and learn valuable information on how physical, mental, and sensory changes can impact your driving. This interactive presentation will provide strategies for you to be safe on the road.
SEESA'S ACCIDENTAL DRAMA CLUB FALL PRODUCTION
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
November 17, 18 and 19

SEESA's Accidental Drama Club presents Skullduggery! 2 One Act Plays:
  • Nov. 17, 7 p.m. |Show only | $10 in advance or $12 at the door
  • Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m. | Dinner & Show | advance tickets only $20
  • Nov. 19, 11 a.m. | Brunch & Show | advance tickets only $20
Tickets may be purchased at the SEESA front desk or by phoning 780-468-1985 and paying by credit card (there is a $2 service charge for over the phone orders) until November 14 at noon. A 50/50 draw, silent auction, and cash bar are available at all performances.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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