October 27, 2016
Seniors Sector News
RISE SUNDAY: NOVEMBER 6
RISE - Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere

Reach Out... Brighten a Senior's Day

Throughout the fall months the amount of daylight lessens and the days grow even shorter once daylight savings ends. For a senior living alone, who has health challenges or is caregiving, it can increase the risk of becoming withdrawn and isolated.

On Sunday, November 6, the day we turn the clocks back, we invite you to reach out to a senior. With a simple act of kindness you can make a difference in the life of a senior.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
TAX CLINIC PROGRAM
CPA Alberta

Join with CPA Alberta in assisting low income Albertans to complete their annual personal tax returns by hosting a free tax clinic in 2017. Accountants in Alberta have been providing this free service for over 40 years.

If your organization is interested in hosting a clinic, review the Community Partner Guide. Applications are due by December 15. The 2017 Tax Clinic program runs March 6 to April 14, 2017.  For more information, contact Juanita Caovilla at 780-409-2569 or 1-800-232-9406, or via e-mail at jcaovilla@cpaalberta.ca.
NEWSLETTER ARTICLES ON CITY OF EDMONTON SNOW REMOVAL PROGRAM

The City of Edmonton Parks and Roads Services has developed two articles that seniors organizations can insert in newsletters and communication with members/clients to provide information on the City's snow removal program. You're invited to use the articles on winter roadway maintenance and winter sidewalk maintenance and credit the City of Edmonton.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
THE ART OF ACTIVE AGING
Sponsored by Campus of Wellness and Care Demonstration Project
November 15, 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Kensington Village (12603 135 Avenue)
Free

Tim Carpenter is a visionary for active, vibrant communities. He is the founder of EngAGE, a non-profit that transforms aging and the way people think about aging by providing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs to seniors. View the poster and RSVP to Kelly Deis at kdeis@shepherdscare.org or 780-733-3315.
EDMONTON 2017 WHAT YOUR NONPROFIT NEEDS TO KNOW 
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
November 16, 8-11:30 a.m.
World Trade Centre Edmonton (#600, 9990 Jasper Avenue)
$70 ECVO members; $90 non-members

Edmonton's demographics, economic position, immigration patterns and philanthropic trends will significantly impact the work of Edmonton's nonprofit organizations in 2017. At this event, you'll hear from three expert panels as they shine spotlights on the facts, trends and insights in key areas of data, economics and social trends.
WORKING WITH SENIORS & THEIR SEXUAL HEALTH
Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness
November 24, 9 a.m.-noon
Compass Place (#207, 10050 112 Street)
$35

This interactive workshop will give participants tips on how to effectively talk to seniors about their sexual wellness. Caregivers will also have the opportunity to explore their own values and beliefs around sexuality. The workshop is open to all social workers, care providers, nurses, and others who work with seniors. Register by calling 780-423-3737 or through Eventbrite.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
COMMUNITY NAVIGATOR
Sage Seniors Association
Temporary full-time

This position is responsible for providing Follow-up and Outreach services to isolated older adults with complex issues. This includes assessing needs, providing information, support and developing a comprehensive client centred case plan. It may also include client advocacy, system navigation and connection to other resources in the community. This role may include working with older adults experiencing hoarding, homelessness and/or other complex issues impacting their lives. 

The successful candidate will be College or University prepared in Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Community Development, Human Ecology or Nursing and be registered with their specific regulatory body. Experience working with older adults and knowledge of case management is required. An understanding of Community Development is an asset. A valid Driver's License and access to a vehicle with 2 million dollars of liability insurance is also required. 

This is a temporary full-time position to May 2019. Review the full job description on the Sage website. Submit your resume by November 7 to Barb Carroll:
Mail: 15 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton AB T5J 2E5
Fax: 426-5175
Email: bcarroll@MySage.ca
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
SENIORS' KEEP ACTIVE CHALLENGE
November 1-30

During the month of November all Alberta seniors are encourage to participate in the Seniors' Keep Active Challenge. Join the Challenge as an individual, group, fitness class, or walking club and log your steps or minutes of activity. Your steps will be added to the provincial total. You can choose from 12 different routes around Alberta or customize your own. For example: Edmonton to Drumheller is 350,000 steps (280 km) and Mundare to Vegreville is 30,000 steps (24 km). Register for the Seniors' Keep Active Challenge.
EDMONTON ABORIGINAL SENIORS CENTRE'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY
October 29, 5 - 11 p.m.
Rosslyn Community Hall (11015 134 Avenue)
$10 for EASC members; $15 for non-members

Celebrate the Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre's 30th Anniversary with a dance and Halloween party. Enjoy live fiddle music, a light lunch, door prizes and prizes for best costume. There will be 50/50 draws and a silent auction with all proceeds going to the EASC. Contact Marie at 780-476-6595 or manager@easc.ca for more information.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
$6

Enjoy pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs and coffee at the 2nd Floor Café. Open to everyone. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
BEGINNER ACRYLIC PAINTING CLASSES
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, November 1-22, 1 - 3 p.m.
$45 + Supplies

Topics such as use of colour, composition, and contrast will be taught. The instructor will demonstrate how to achieve textures in landscape painting using gels, gesso, modelling paste, and crackle. Drawing experience is not necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
A MUSICAL SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band
November 6, 2 p.m.
Edmonton City Hall
Free

The Royal Canadian Artillery Band presents their 4th annual A Musical Salute to our Veterans concert. The Richard Eaton Singers and RCA Bands Rhythm Gunners jazz ensemble will also perform.
REMEMBRANCE DAY TRIBUTE AND TEA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
November 8, 1-3 p.m.

A tribute to all the men and women who have served and are serving Canada today. Refreshments will be served. $2 collection at the door. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
REMEMBRANCE DAY DINNER
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
November 9, 4:30 p.m.
$15

Deputy District Commander Dave Basham of the Royal Canadian Legion will lead the March of Colours and sound The Last Post and Alvin Baragar will recite In Flanders Field. Dinner will follow the service. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
MOVING FORWARD-DOWNSIZING TIPS FOR SENIORS, BOOMERS AND THE SANDWICH GENERATION
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
November 16, 1:30-3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 members; $5 non-members

Discover solutions to downsizing and moving that face multi-generational families of today. Topics include staging to sell, to renovate or not, estate planning, decluttering, organizing and financial planning for retirement. Registration is requested. Call 587-987-3200.
GREENLAND GARDEN CENTRE
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
November 29, depart at 10:30 a.m.
$15 for bus, lunch and purchases not included

Greenland decorates for Christmas like no other, so come along and get in the festive spirit. They also have a beautiful selection of poinsettias, a delicious café, and an amazing selection of Christmas decorations, giftware and home decor to suit every need. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
SEEKING ARTISTS FOR EXHIBITS
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)

Are you a local artist in search of exhibition space? The Jeff Allen Gallery's mandate is to encourage and promote local artists. Strathcona Place 55+ Centre is searching for artists to be featured in monthly exhibits. Interested? Curious? Call Joy at 780-434-1997 or Judy at 780-433-5807.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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