October 24, 2019
Seniors Sector News

HELP US CREATE A COORDINATED SENIORS SECTOR IN ALBERTA 
 
Community-Based Seniors Serving (CBSS) organizations play an important role in proactively meeting the needs of an increasingly complex, diverse and growing seniors' population in our province.

To explore how we might organize a CBSS sector in Alberta, four organizations have partnered to facilitate initial conversations.
 
Together we can explore the potential of a CBSS sector, leverage our collective experience, and begin to map our path forward. The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is coordinating consultation sessions in the greater Edmonton area and we invite you to take part in this important conversation by joining a session.
 
For more information, review the backgrounder document.

October 25, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.,  Sherwood Park FCSS

October 29, 1:30-4 p.m.,  Stony Plain FCSS 

October 30, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.,  North Edmonton Seniors Association

October 30, 1:30-4 p.m.,  Edmonton Public Library (Calder Branch)

October 31, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.,  Central Lions Seniors Association

November 4, 1:30-4 p.m.,  Southminster-Steinhauer United Church

November 5, 1:30-4 p.m.,  Mill Woods Seniors Association
ANNOUNCEMENT: EDMONTON INDIGENOUS SENIORS CENTRE REDUCES HOURS OF OPERATION

The Edmonton Indigenous Seniors Centre (EISC) wishes to announce its reduced hours of operation. Until further notice, the centre will be open Tuesday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advertised programs and services will continue without interruption. 

Due to the EISC's reciprocal agreement with many other senior serving organizations, you may contact other senior serving organizations for your Monday and Friday programming requirements. Some exceptions apply. Please contact the centre of your choice to learn more about course eligibility for reciprocal program registration. 

The EISC thanks their members and the public for their continued support.

More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
WEBINAR RECORDING: TELLING YOUR STORY THROUGH BLOGS, PHOTOS, AND VIDEOS 
Tech Impact Idealware
Free

How do you convey the great work your organization is doing with blogs, photos, and videos? These tools are powerful ways to share the difference you're making in the world. This webinar recording covers the principles of good storytelling, looks at examples and research about what's working for nonprofits, and then discusses the tools that can help you put them online.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
ALBERTA AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: A RURAL PERSPECTIVE 
Age-Friendly Alberta
November 6, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Free

Do you want to learn how to make your community more age-friendly? Find out how in this informative webinar. The information presented in this webinar will be valuable to elected and administrative officials, community and voluntary organizations, seniors organizations, disability-related organizations, chambers of commerce, and researchers.  To register for the webinar and receive the login information, email SH.AFC@gov.ab.ca .
ENGAGING THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE FUTURE 
Volunteer Match
November 19, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

The age of one-size-fits-all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining the right volunteers for your program. Additionally, this webinar addresses the significant role of "word of mouth" and social media promotion in attracting volunteers to your organization.
SAFER SPACES LUNCH AND LEARN
Volunteer Strathcona
November 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Chamber of Commerce (100 Ordze Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB)
$12

Want to learn more about the LGBTQ2S+ community? Do you consider yourself an ally and want to learn how to turn that support into greater action? Is there something you always wanted to know about LGBTQ2S+ experiences but didn't know where to ask? This event is a judgment-free space for all who want to learn more. With information from this session, you can learn how to make your spaces safer for LGBTQ2S+ people.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
EDMONTON BIKE PLAN WORKSHOPS
City of Edmonton
November 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; November 5, 6-8 p.m.; November 6, 6-8 p.m.
Various locations
Free

The City of Edmonton Bike Plan project is rolling into phase 3. In this phase, the planning team will be sharing a draft Bike Network Map for input. Help develop cycling transportation in Edmonton and provide input regarding the effectiveness of the network map, how to make biking better in Edmonton, and how to balance building Edmonton's bike network with supporting programs. Register for a workshop online. If you are unable to attend a workshop, share your input in an online survey starting early November.
FUN ART NIGHT 
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
November 14, 6 p.m.
$30 (includes materials)

Create a painted masterpiece during this fun night of creativity and self-expression. No need to be able to paint like Picasso. This art night is open to all who wish to explore their creative side. Call 780-451-1925 to purchase your tickets by November 8.
COW PATTI THEATRE BUS TRIP
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
November 14, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$85 members; $115 non-members

Enjoy a Canadian comedy show featuring romance, heartbreak, and a riveting shark attack action sequence! Tickets include admission, brunch, and roundtrip transportation from the Yellowbird East Community Centre. Call 587-987-3200 to reserve your spot.
LION'S DEN MARKET PLACE SALE
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
November 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; November 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free admission

Hunt for treasures at this arts, crafts, and collectibles sale. From one of a kind artwork, knitwear, jewelry, and handmade crafts to antiques and collectibles, you never know what you may find. Donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs will be accepted until November 1. Call 780-496-7369 for additional details.
LUNCH AND A PROGRAM: LATE BLOOMING
Petrolia Seniors Group (55+)
November 19, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Greenfield Community Hall (3803 114 Street)
$18

Enjoy your lunch with a side of thought-provoking conversation about "late blooming". Learn how the last third of your life can be your best! To register, call Nick at 780-435-1045 or Betty at 780-434-0711.
ENJOY LIGHT FESTIVAL
Enjoy Centre (101 Riel Drive, St. Albert, AB)
November 21-January 5 
$20.95 adults; $10.95 seniors; free for kids 3 and under

This festival transforms the Enjoy Centre into winter wonderland with whimsical lighting displays that create an interactive and unforgettable experience for all guests. Enjoy light gardens, a festive market, photos with Santa, local performers, and local food vendors. This event is perfect for families, so round up your kids and grandkids for a fun day out. Call 780-419-6821 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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