October 26, 2017
Resources
BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR GIVINGTUESDAY

This video from CanadaHelps provides tips for partnering with businesses for GivingTuesday.
THE 3 STAGES OF SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR EVENTS

For non-profits, social media marketing is now an instrumental part of promoting an event. And while social media is often thought of as in-the-moment and spontaneous, effective social media marketing requires forethought. This blog post outlines how to optimize the social media element of your next event marketing plan.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
THE IMPACT COMPASS: A NEW MODEL FOR GAUGING SOCIAL IMPACT
Stanford Social Innovation Review
November 8, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
$55

Do you have a hard time explaining to people what social impact is, how it comes about, and how to quantify it? The Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business at Stanford University developed a framework called The Impact Compass that can help. This webinar will discuss how the Impact Compass can help:
  • Donors to assess the potential of philanthropic ventures
  • Nonprofit leaders to analyze and compare program opportunities to better allocate their limited resources
HOW TO FIND AND WIN TECHNOLOGY FUNDING
GrantSpace
November 9, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
$49

Technology funding is often a hard sell. Funders want to see impact and are reluctant to provide a lot of discretionary funding for "overhead." But you know that the success of your day-to-day work depends on systems and tools that make you smarter and more efficient. How do you make the case to funders that your technology needs are a good investment? In this webinar, learn how to find funders offering technology grants and write winning proposals to get your technology needs funded.
IT'S A NEW WORLD: HOW TO CULTIVATE YOUR COMMUNITY ONLINE BETWEEN FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Firespring
November 14, 1 p.m. (Eastern)

How do you keep supporters engaged between major fundraising events? This webinar will help you change your thinking about that precious time in between. Many organizations don't make use of this time because they are in "task mode." They are not thinking about leveraging this time to cultivate relationships online. This webinar will focus on the following:
  • Why a consistent communications plan is essential.
  • What donor stewardship means in an online world.
  • 10 vital actions to cultivate a network eager to support you.
  • How to fire up board members, volunteers, donors and staff to fundraise every day.
  • How to generate loyal support beyond your event.
TOP CHARITY LAW ISSUES FOR CANADIAN REGISTERED CHARITIES
Canadian Charity Law Association
Nov 15, 12 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This presentation will cover some of the top CRA concerns for Canadian registered charities including:
  • T3010 annual charity information return and their accuracy
  • Official donation receipts
  • Staying within a charity's legal objects
  • Fundraising regulation and CRA's Guidance on Fundraising
  • Dealing with Non-Qualified Donees such as Canadian non-profits that are not registered charities and foreign charities
FALLS PREVENTION IN CONTINUING CARE AND THE COMMUNITY
Institute for Continuing Care Education & Research and the Injury Prevention Centre
November 15, 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (11405 87 Avenue)
Free

This event features presentations on falls prevention issues and the latest research:
  • Technological Revolution: Falls and Injury Prevention
  • Falls Risk Management Strategy: What do I need to know?
  • Physical Literacy
  • Concussions in Seniors
  • Piloting a Falls Strategy at St. Marguerite Manor
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
SOUP & BANNOCK
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
October 25, 12 - 1 p.m.
$4

Enjoy soup, bannock, tea, coffee and dessert. There will also be a 50/50 draw and bingo will follow after lunch. For more information call 587-525-8969.
DECLUTTER EXPO
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
November 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$2 drop-in fee

Learn how you can declutter your space for the winter. Exhibitors will include junk removal, moving service, professional organizers, non-profit organizations accepting donations and much more. Two keynote speakers will provide information that will help you with downsizing and getting rid of things you no longer need. Coffee will be provided at no extra charge. For more information, contact 780-483-1209. No need to pre-register, just show up.
ARMCHAIR TRAVEL TALKS
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
Location: Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)

Learn about new destinations and cultures at two Armchair Travel sessions offered by Minerva Senior Studies Institute in November: For more information, email minerva@macewan.ca or call 780-497-5082.
RIBBON OF GREEN PHASE 2 ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
City of Edmonton

Do you currently access the river valley - for recreation, to connect with nature, to spend time with friends and family? If not - what barriers do you face? How can the City of Edmonton ensure the River Valley is truly a place for all Edmontonians, while also protecting and restoring its ecological value? 

Share your thoughts to help shape the future of the northeast and southwest reaches of the river valley. The second of four phases of public engagement for the Ribbon of Green project will be taking place this fall.

Open Houses:
Nov. 6, 4-8 p.m. at Abbottsfield Recreation Centre (3006 119 Ave.)
Nov. 7, 4-8 p.m. at Westridge Wolf Willow Country Club Community League (505 Wolf Willow Rd). Optional presentation at 5pm and 7pm.

Online Survey:
If you can't make it to an open house, an online survey and interactive mapping tool will be available on the Ribbon of Green website from November 6 - November 26. You will be able to answer the same questions as will be asked at the open houses.
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES

Some seniors centres host special events in honour of Remembrance Day. Here are several we know about:
  • Nov. 9, 1 - 3 p.m. | Remembrance Day Tribute & Tea | North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue) | Tickets: $2 (purchase tickets by Nov. 2) | 780-496-6969
  • Nov. 10, starting at 10:30 a.m. | Remembrance Day Service & Luncheon | Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street) | No charge for the service, $8 lunch | 780-483-1209
  • Nov. 11, starting at 9:45 a.m. | Remembrance Day Service & Reception| North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street) | 780-451-1925
  • Nov. 11, 2 p.m. | Remembrance Day Service | South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 St.) | 780-468-1985
DYING WITH DIGNITY: PHYSICIAN ASSISTED DYING - AN UPDATE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
November 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$2

At least 1300 gravely ill adults have received a doctor's help to end their lives across Canada since legalization. Experts say those numbers are expected to rise. Learn more about some of the issues that have come about for both physicians and patients since the passing of Bill C-14 in June of 2016. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
SENIOR'S BENEFITS INFO SESSION
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
November 17, 12:30 p.m.
Free

This presentation will feature information on:
  • Alberta Senior's Benefits such as Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors, Property Tax Deferral Program, and Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program
  • Home monitoring and safety support offered by Good Samaritan Telecare
  • Seniors Home Supports Program
Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
CAREGIVER FALL FAIR
Caregivers Alberta (10310 56 Street)
November 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
No charge but donations are accepted

Relax: massages by student therapists
Create: cookie in a jar
Music: listen and sing along
Eat: refreshments and snacks

Everyone is welcome to attend this evening of good company and fun. There will also be a raffle and door prizes. Registration is required. RSVP by November 17 by calling 780-453-5088 or e-mailing programs@caregiversalberta.ca.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
MORE INFORMATION

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