September 19, 2019
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS' HOUSING FORUM
September 28, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Free

The Seniors' Housing Forum Planning Committee is proud to present the 2019 Seniors' Housing Forum, which is returning for its 13th year The goal of the forum is to provide guidance for individuals who are planning appropriate housing for themselves and/or significant others.
 
This one-day event for seniors, their families and caregivers provides education about the variety of programs, services, housing options, and community resources available to older adults. Lunch and parking are free for all participants.
 
Sector staff are encouraged to share information about the Forum with their networks. For more information, go online or download the event poster.
 
Call 780-809-8604 to register. Space is limited, so register ASAP to avoid disappointment.
ALBERTA'S SENIORS ADVOCATE WANTS YOUR INPUT
Office of the Seniors Advocate
October 1, 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Free

The role of the Office of the Seniors Advocate (OSA) is to provide resolution support to senior Albertans and their families (individual advocacy), identify and analyse issues and make recommendations to government for improvements to programs and services (issues advocacy).
 
The current Seniors Advocate is Dr. Sheree Kwong See whose term ends December 2019. At this time, Dr. Kwong See is returning to Edmonton to provide a report to the community about the OSA's advocacy work and to seek input from the community on the future directions of the OSA.
 
Input received will inform recommendations to the Minister about the OSA. Everyone is invited to come and hear what the OSA has done to help Albertans and to give input on future directions.
 
Registration is not required for this event.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
TOP TEN THINGS BOARDS OF DIRECTORS DO
Nonprofit Library 

Have you been asked to join a nonprofit board and are not sure how to respond? Are you already on a board and wondering if you're on the right track? This helpful ebook will discuss role expectations of non-profit board members and put you on track for success.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
FALLS PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY: FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO BROADCAST
National Council on Aging
September 23, 12 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Join the National Council on Aging, older adults, and falls prevention specialists for a Facebook Live broadcast and discuss the impact of falls and how to prevent them. Listen to testimonials from older adults and get tips from health care specialists. While you're at it, why not host a video watch party and join the conversation?
CATALYST FOR CHANGE: A ROADMAP TO A STRONGER CHARITABLE SECTOR
CharityVillage
September 26, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Learn more about The Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector's report, Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector. The recommendations outlined in the report cover a wide range of key areas, including volunteering, charitable status, overhead, and establishing a home for the sector within the federal government. This webinar will provide an overview of the report, review the recommendations, and explore next steps.
UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
Centre for Race and Culture (9538 107 Avenue)
October 22, 1-4:30 p.m.
$85 CAD

This interactive workshop provides a non-judgmental approach aimed at understanding what unconscious bias is (and what it's not), how it operates in the workplace and how it can undermine organizational objectives. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to increase self-awareness, get up to speed with the latest research on unconscious bias and learn simple strategies to notice and counter your biases.
VOLUNTEER SCREENING LAB
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
October 24, November 5, November 21, December 5; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Roundhouse (11110 104 Avenue)
$750 members; $850 non-members (CAD)

Be part of a small cohort of Edmonton non-profits participating in this lab and explore how you can better engage volunteers through adaptive screening processes. Return to your organization with new ideas, tools and practices to help solve problems and build an engaged and impactful volunteer base.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
SAFE HOUSE COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

Help provide trauma informed support within an anti-oppressive framework to older adults who have experienced abuse. This position involves coordinating accommodation and services required by program clients, managing cases and liaising with agencies to ensure client needs are met. 

This is a permanent full-time (35 hours/week) job opportunity. Requirements for this position include a Registered Social Worker designation (college or university), valid first aid certification and police information check (including a vulnerable sector check). The application deadline for this posting is September 24. Review the complete job posting for additional details and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
T'AI CHI CHIH PROGRAM
Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 93 Street)
Wednesdays starting September 25, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
$50 plus $10 community league membership

Find inner peace with T'ai Chi Chih. The soft, slow and effortless movements provide gentle exercise to balance the body, mind and spirit. This movement meditation includes nineteen moves and one pose and is beginner-friendly. Pre-register by September 23 by phoning Margaret at 780-469-1179 or Michelle at 780-468-6245.
COOKING WITH PULSES
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
October 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 

Chickpeas, lentils, peas and beans are all amazing superfoods-and inexpensive to boot! Learn how to prepare pulses packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants. Samples and recipe ideas will be provided. To register call 587-987-3200.
FALL SENIORS EXPO
St. Albert Seniors Association ( Red Willow Place, 7 Tache Street, St. Albert )
October 2, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Free

Hosting over thirty vendors and six workshops, this expo will provide information and resources for you to thrive in your senior years. Workshops will cover topics including financial assistance, housing, health advocacy, social isolation, power of attorney and personal directives. Lunch will be served in the cafe from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Go online for more information.
BIG BAZAAR
Strathcona Place Society ( 10831 University Avenue )
October 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free

Find everything you need at this huge sale, including gently used housewares, antiques, kitchenware, electronics, toys, games and more. Fresh baked goods will also be for sale, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth while you shop. For more information, call 780-433-5807.
ORIGAMI CLASSES
Edmonton Seniors Centre ( 3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue )
Mondays starting October 7, 1-2:30 p.m.
$15 members; $21 non-members

Origami is the ancient art of Japanese paper folding and spans over 1000 years. Learn to fold paper cranes and other critters that are totally kawaii! Email admin@edmontonseniorscentre.ca for more details and to register.
PORTRAIT DAY
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
October 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$5 registration plus $25-$50 photo package

Take advantage of a great gift opportunity and get a new portrait for your family, friends and yourself. Local student estheticians will be providing free hair styling and cosmetic application to have you looking your best. To register, call 780-496-7369 by October 4.
JUSTWRITE IN THE MOUNTAINS
YouthWrite
October 18-20
Location: Black Cat Guest Ranch (50508 Range Road 271A, Yellowhead County, AB)
$395-$610

Do you dream of penning your life story? The folks from YouthWrite are pleased to announce a writing camp that is just for adults. This writers retreat is nestled in a picturesque mountain landscape that is sure to provide plenty of inspiration to bring your story to life.
ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 18, 5-10 p.m.
$75

This Latin American Carnaval-themed event features a scrumptious Latin American meal, live entertainment, silent auction and more. A $50 tax receipt is available upon request. For more information and to get tickets, call 780-496-2997.
HIGH TEA CELEBRATING WOMEN
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) ( 9350 82 Street )
October 18, 2 p.m.
Price TBD

Raise a glass-or a teacup-in honour of the 90th anniversary of the Persons Case and the work of the Famous Five. For more information about ticket pricing and to register, call 780-468-1985.
TOONIE TALKS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Various dates and times
$2

Expand your horizons with this informative Toonie Talk series and get must-know information for seniors. Upcoming topics include estate planning, financial planning, home organizing and preventing fraud. Go online for a full listing of upcoming talks. Call 780-483-1209 for more information and to register for a session.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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