October 6, 2016
Resources
GIVINGTUESDAY RESOURCES

GivingTuesday is a national giving day that celebrates and encourages donations and volunteering activities that support charities and non-profit organizations.  This year, GivingTuesday is November 29.

Non-profits are encouraged to sign up as a partner and use GivingTuesday to increase donations, get more volunteers, and raise awareness. The GivingTuesday toolkits and case studies provide tips, best practices and resources to help you create a GivingTuesday campaign.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO CREATE AN ANNUAL REPORT INFOGRAPHIC TO TRANSITION YOUR PAPER ANNUAL REPORT TO AN INFOGRAPHIC
CharityHowTo
November 2, 11 a.m. MST or November 15, 1 p.m. MST
$87

Do you feel your nonprofit is behind the times with the way it presents information in your annual report? In this webinar, you'll learn:
  • Why and how infographics work
  • Free and inexpensive online tools to create infographics
  • What you need to collect to create an infographic
  • How to write copy for an infographic
  • How to use numbers in infographics
  • How to use an infographic across multiple channels
BOARD AMBASSADORS: ENSURING NECESSARY RESOURCES
Board Source
November 9, 3 p.m. Eastern
$35

Board members play an essential role as fundraisers and ambassadors for their organizational missions. Learn how to leverage the board member ambassador role to effectively ensure financial resources for your organization. This webinar will explore:
  • the fundraising process
  • the role of the board in fundraising
  • strategies for serving as an ambassador to raise funds
  • shared leadership responsibilities between board and staff
AN INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE FUNDRAISING FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED NONPROFITS
CharityHowTo
Nov 10, 11 a.m. MST
Free

Online fundraising is the fasting growing segment of giving. Donors of all ages are using their smartphones, tablets, and computers to connect with causes and to give money to fundraising campaigns. 

During this webinar, you'll learn the tactics to successfully raise money online for your nonprofit, even if you are a small or midsize organization. The webinar will detail the basics of an online fundraising campaign; how social media and online tools can be used to raise more money; ways you can fit online giving into your long-term strategy; and 10 steps to online fundraising success.
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
CONTINUING CARE OVERVIEW
Healthy Aging Information Series

Age Friendly Edmonton has added a new presentation on continuing care to their Healthy Aging Information Series. Continuing Care Edmonton Zone Overview provides an overview of Home Living (Home Care), Supportive Living, Facility Living, Transition Services and Palliative/End of Life care services offered within Continuing Care in the Edmonton Zone. Read more about this session and other topics available through the Healthy Aging Information Series and book a free presentation for your group.
MANAGING STRESS AS THE CAREGIVER
Caregivers Alberta
October 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m. OR 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fulton Place School (10310 56 Street)
Free

As we go about living life from day to day, it is not realistic to expect that stress will not be a component of our days. From sleeping through the alarm clock to juggling medical appointments to working with the frustrations of information sharing and privacy, stress is very often just around the next corner. For caregivers, identifying your individual stressors, learning to take action towards creating a balance and having a few tricks to deal with stress management will go a long way toward creating better emotional health. Review other upcoming sessions.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 13 - November 10, 1 - 3 p.m.
Free

Think you know everything the library has to offer? Think again! Meg DeForest from the Lois Hole Library will be offering a series on things you didn't know you could access from your Edmonton Public Library. Topics include: eBooks - Beyond the Book, (including how to access free videos of theatre and opera from around the world); how to access EPL databases (including consumer reports and genealogy); and a Generations Book Exploration (what is that book your grandchild is reading?). Sign up in advance by calling 780-483-1209.
SMALL GROUP  TRAINING 
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street) 
Monday & Wednesdays, Oct 17 - Nov 9 (4 weeks) 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 
$120
 
Enjoy the individualized attention without the individualized costs associated with working with a trainer. You will enjoy small group workouts, exercise modification & benefit from a personalized program delivery all in the surroundings of a group atmosphere to motivate & encourage. Quality time, means quality workouts!
IS MEDICALLY ASSISTED DYING COMPASSIONATE CARE?
October 19, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre, Kule Theatre (Room 9-323)
Free

Presented by: Dr. Brendan Leier, Assistant Clinical Professor, Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Clinical Ethicist, Alberta Health Services. 
RSVP to FHCSconferences@macewan.ca. 
Bonnie Doon's National Film Board Screenings 
Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 - 93 St) (wheelchair accessible)
October 20, 10:30 a.m.
Free, everyone welcome

Rosies of the North (1999, 46 minutes). Set between 1939 and 1945, a documentary about the Canadian women who designed and built aircraft. 
Bittersweet Blues (2015, 24 minutes). Acadians discuss their language dilemma in an effort to maintain their own unique language and culture. 
A light lunch is served at 11:45 for $2. For more information contact history@bonniedoon.ca or 780-469-1179. 
HISTORY TEA
Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 - 93 St) 
October 23, from 2 - 4 p.m. 
$2

Bonnie Doon's History Tea. Join us in sharing your memories of Bonnie Doon. Bring pictures, stories and meet your neighbours new and old.  
THE NORMAL AGING PROCESS 
Bayshore Home Health
October 27, 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Recreation Centre, Room 7 (11113 - 111 Ave)
Free, door prizes

Presentation and facilitated discussion by Bayshore Home Health Lori Jack, a RN specializing in seniors. Part of the Aging in Community: Join the Conversation series. No registration required.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
October 27, 1:30 p.m.

Disasters can strike without warning. Take care of yourself and loved ones. This presentation explains the steps we should take to become better prepared for emergencies. Included are a Family Emergency Plan template and list of emergency kit items. Call 780-433-5807 to register your interest in attending.
LUNCHEON AND ENTERTAINMENT
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Thursdays
$10 members/$12 non-members

Enjoy luncheon followed by live entertainment. Call 780-435-9515 for information.
WEDNESDAY DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 pm
$7 NESA members / $10 non-members

Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise! Music you can look forward to over the next several weeks: October 12 Chwill Brothers, October 19 Diamonds and October 26 Sparkling Tones.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEER AT SENIORS HEALTH & WELLNESS FORUM
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 - 113 Street)
Saturday, October 29, various shifts

The Seniors' Health and Wellness Forum, presented by Age Friendly Edmonton, is a new, free, one-day event where seniors, their families and caregivers can obtain information and resources pertaining to health, wellness and social supports vital to aging in place. Volunteers required for event set up, moderators, parking assistants, and greeters. Contact Barb Carroll at bcarroll@MYSage.ca
VOICE/CHOIR VOLUNTEER
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association

SWESA Songbirds is a new social singing group at SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association. If you have experience teaching voice, directing a choir, or are interested in helping to lead the group towards becoming confident singers, contact Jennifer at programs@swedmontonseniors.ca. This group meets one Tuesday per month.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
MORE INFORMATION

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