September 20, 2018
Grants and Awards
ALBERTA STATUS OF WOMEN COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM

The Alberta Status of Women Community Grant Program provides one-time funding to not-for-profit and charitable organizations for projects and activities that improve the lives of women and girls in Alberta and relate to one or more priority areas:
  • Increasing women's economic security
  • Increasing women in leadership and democratic participation
  • Preventing and responding to gender-based violence
The application deadline is October 30.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Professional Development
CREATING A CONTENT STRATEGY FOR YOUR NONPROFIT WEBSITE
TechSoup Canada
September 27, 10 - 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

Planning a new website for your nonprofit organization? A website content strategy will serve as a guide for many of the decisions you'll make. You'll know what content you need to develop, what you can reuse or re-purpose, and what content is most important. Because it creates clarity about your site's purpose, audience and the outcomes you're seeking, a content strategy will also guide specific decisions about website design and development. This webinar is for you if you are new to content strategy and are wondering where - and how - to start your nonprofit's upcoming website build or redesign.
HOW TO SELL EVENT SPONSORSHIPS-A STEP BY STEP GUIDE
CharityHowTo
October 3, 1 p.m. or October 11, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
$87

Have your previous efforts to find sponsors for your events fallen flat? Selling event sponsorships is hard for most nonprofits because they haven't learned to find them the right way. Sponsorship is sales, not philanthropy. You have to know how and what to sell - and it's not a mention in your gala program book. This webinar will share tips and tactics for selling event sponsorships.
BUILDING DEMENTIA AWARENESS CONFERENCE
Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation
October 4 - 6, 2018
Double Tree Hilton in Edmonton

Due to an overwhelming response to EODAF's 5th Building Dementia Awareness Conference they have expanded the conference and extended the registration date to Sept 28.  Keynote speakers include Dr. David Sheard, Teepa Snow, Janet Yeats, and Dr. Robert Sutherland.

If you have not already done so, register as soon as possible. Register for the workshops you would like to attend at the same time you register for the conference. The Conference Registration and Workshop Registration forms can be emailed to eodarep@gmail.com. Payment can be made by e-transfer to eodarep@gmail.com or mailed to 20026 128A Ave NW Edmonton, AB T5S 0E6.
INTRODUCTION TO GRIEF INTERVENTION OVER THE LIFE COURSE
Institute for Life Course & Aging
October 15 - November 11 (4 weeks-online weekly at your discretion)
$240; $120 for students

Death is an unavoidable part of life that becomes increasingly more apparent with age. It is beneficial for your practice to obtain the fundamentals of grief intervention and be equipped to address dying and death circumstances. During this 4-week online workshop, you will be provided with a concise overview including resources, exercises and an opportunity to share so you gain comfort with the topic and insight in order to help others with confidence through death related circumstances of loss and grief.

The registration deadline is October 9. This workshop will be offered only if there is sufficient enrolment.
GOOD GOVERNANCE
IntegralOrg and Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
October 24-26

IntegralOrg will be offering their expertise to help non-profits ensure regulatory compliance and provide invaluable advice and best practices for carrying out their missions. This series combines seminars, workshops, and face-to-face clinics to help organizations navigate the complexities of budgets, legislation, and legal compliance.
  • Living Your Charitable Purpose: Oct. 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., $45
  • Keeping Your Non-Profit Healthy: Oct. 24, 1 - 3 p.m., $45
  • AB Employment Standards/OHS/Cannabis Policy: Oct.25, 9 - 11 a.m., free
  • Bringing Your Budget to Life: Oct.25, 1 - 3 p.m., free
  • Clinic Openings for questions about financial or legal compliance issues: Oct.26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., free
Attendance at all sessions is not mandatory. Registrants can and are encouraged to tailor their registration according to their organizational needs. View the full suite of sessions available in this series.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
BEGINNER T'AI CHI CHIH
Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 93 Street)
Mondays beginning September 24, 10 a.m.
$65 and Community League membership is required

Bonnie Doon Community League's T'ai Chi Chih group is offering a beginner's program starting September 24. Contact Michelle at 780-468-6245 for more information.
HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH PRESENTATIONS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 1:30 p.m.
Free

Join Sage for presentations on different health related topics including diet, exercise, wellbeing and more. Presentations are drop-in.
  • September 25: Activity & Home Exercise
  • October 23: Cognition
  • November 27: De-Prescribing: when you are taking too many medicines.
Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
THURSDAY LUNCHEONS WITH ENTERTAINMENT
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Location: Pleasantview Community League Hall (10860 57 Avenue)
$10/member and $12/non-member

  • Sept. 27: Entertainment is the Maritime Gospelaires. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. but you can purchase your ticket as late as 11:45 a.m.
  • Oct. 4: no luncheon
  • Oct. 11: Thanksgiving Luncheon. Entertainment is Frank Wilchewski and Co. 

Tickets must be purchased by September 27. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.

SPEECHREADING 1 & COPING SKILLS CLASS
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Edmonton Branch (CHHA-Ed)
Wednesdays, October 3- November 28, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 St.)
$150 for 9 sessions

Speechreading is a skill that can be learned through study and practice. These classes will introduce you to various cues such as movement of the lips, tongue, jaw and facial expressions as well as other cues making it possible to visually understand and communicate. Hearing loss involves learning to cope and understand an invisible disability. Coping strategies go hand in hand with speechreading and its success. You will learn new strategies and information every class.

Register with CHHA-Ed online, by mail or in person (#52, 9912 106 Street, Edmonton, AB T5K 1C5). For more information phone 780-428-6622 or email chha-ed@shaw.ca. The registration deadline is September 29.
CHIROPRACTIC PRESENTATION SERIES
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)

  • October 3: Posture Talk
  • October 17: Chronic Pain Talk
  • October 31: Headaches & Migraine Talk
The time for all three sessions is 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Call 780-433-5807 to register. Refreshments available.
INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN CANADA
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
October 5, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$5

In the 17th century, some indigenous women responded to the teaching of the Jesuit missionaries and found opportunity in the Catholic faith. In the fur trade era, not only were indigenous women crucial to the survival and success of the European traders, but some women used the opportunities provided by the fur trade to enhance their lives. Some indigenous women married French or Scottish fur traders and helped to create a new people, the M├ętis. Changing attitudes and legislation in the 19th and 20th centuries led to challenges and difficulties, but indigenous women have continued to meet these challenges and build lives for themselves and their children. The stories that will be shared with us are numerous and complex. 

Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
DANCE FEATURING EDDIE CHWYL
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
October 12, doors 6:30 p.m., dance 7 - 10 p.m.
$10 admission at the door only, no advance sales

Refreshments are included with admission. A cash bar is available for members and invited guests (by reading this you are invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
ENGAGING MEN FOR BUILDING A HEALTHY COMMUNITY
Indo-Canadian Women's Association
October 13, 20, and 27, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Document Genie Ltd., (2nd floor, 9257 34A Ave,), entrance is on west of the building

The intent of the forum is to explore the challenges men experience within their families and the community and work together to develop effective strategies to overcome them. The forum will be led by experienced facilitators from the community and will be delivered in English with interpreters available if needed.

For more information review the forum poster, information sheet and registration form. Contact ICWA at 780-490-0477 or through email at info@icwaedmonton.org if you need more information.
CAREGIVER PHONE SUPPORT GROUP
Caregivers Alberta and Seniors' Centre Without Walls
Third Monday of the month, 7 - 8 p.m.
Free

This phone support group is perfect for busy caregivers who find it difficult to get out of the house to attend education sessions or who have limited respite options. The sessions will provide information and tips along with supportive discussions.
  • October 15: Transitions - Transitions can be stressful and full of uncertainty. Learns tips for managing and preparing for caregiving challenges/changes.
  • November 19: Conflict - Explore techniques for managing conflict whether with your care recipient, family, friends or others.
  • December 17: Merry Holidays? - For many caregivers the holidays are stressful. Create a plan for self-care and how to make time for you.
You will provided with the phone-in details when you register. Contact Caregivers Alberta at 780-453-5088 or debbie@caregiversalberta.ca.
MURDER MYSTERY: MURDER UNDER THE BIG TOP
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 20, 4:30-7 p.m.
$10

There are no spectators in the big top; only participants! Each guest is involved in the investigation as their own character and will receive a detailed character description two weeks before the event along with some background information on the party. This will give you time to familiarise yourself with the theme. 

Upon arrival, the host will read an introduction and explain how the afternoon is to proceed. You will spend the afternoon chatting with other guests in character until the unthinkable occurs - A MURDER!  You will now need to find out more information from the other carnies and circus performers to try and find out who the murderer is. 

This will be a fun-filled evening of mystery, food and great company. Tickets include your murder mystery package, circus-themed dinner and beverages. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
CANTERBURY FOUNDATION 2018 PROMISE OF HOME FALL FUNDRAISING GALA PRESENTED BY STUART OLSON
October 26, 6 p.m.
Location: Double Tree by Hilton (16615 109 Ave.)
$150/person

The event will include a champagne reception, dinner, silent auction and live auction. Proceeds from this year's Gala will go towards strengthening Canterbury Foundation's Community Outreach Program, allowing residents to have access to a Social Worker and Chaplain on site to holistically assist residents, family members and other seniors in our community with the challenges and transitions associated with aging.
 
Purchase tickets online.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
PHOTOGRAPHER
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

In our visual-driven world, photos are essential to illustrate the work organizations do. The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC) is seeking a volunteer photographer to take photos at ESCC events, meetings, forums, presentations, etc. The photos will be used on the ESCC website, annual report, and other promotional material. 

Requirements: The volunteer must own a camera that can produce high-resolution (300 dpi) photographs.

Time commitment: 5-10 commitments from October to early December. The commitments occur primarily Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but one Saturday in November is required. 

If you're interested, contact Janelle Beblow, ESCC Communications Coordinator, at 780-423-5635 ext. 1 or memberservices@seniorscouncil.net.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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