September 21, 2017
Resources
8TH EDITION OF A GUIDE TO MOBILITY AND INDEPENDENCE FOR SENIORS

The MARD Centre produces this comprehensive listing of essential services such as meal delivery and grocery shopping, housekeeping, aids to daily living, home care, support groups, seniors' centres, and transportation providers in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. The 8th edition contains over 300 service providers across 30 categories, including 70 transportation providers.

The publication is available at no cost to interested individuals and organizations. A PDF version of the guide can be downloaded from the MARD website. Paper copies of the guide can be ordered by contacting 780-492-6273 or mard@ualberta.ca.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO BUILD INNOVATION CAPACITY AT NONPROFITS
Stanford Social Innovation Review
October 11, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (Pacific)
$55

In a recent study, The Rockefeller Foundation's innovation team and The Bridgespan Group conducted extensive primary and secondary research on what it takes to develop innovation capacity in nonprofits. It was found that 80 per cent of nonprofit leaders aspire to innovate, but only 40 per cent say their organizations are well set up to do so. This webinar will explore:
  • The key elements shared by innovative nonprofits
  • A diagnostic tool that nonprofits can use to determine their innovation capacity
  • A set of resources nonprofits can access to build their innovation capacity
  • A case study on a nonprofit that successfully used innovation to scale and increase their impact
A SELF-CARE STARTER KIT: AN ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL TOOL FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS
REACH
October 16, 12:30 - 4 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, 11000 Stadium Rd.
$35 for REACH members; $45 for non-members

Working with individuals, families and communities in any capacity is rewarding work for all types of service providers, however, supporting survivors of trauma, violence and abuse comes with a host of challenges that can deplete internal resources of those in the front-line caring professions.
This is increasingly evident as we are asked to do "more and more with less and less," which may threaten to overwhelm coping abilities. The most important part of coping with the intensity of the work is to acknowledge its impact on mind, body and spirit.

This workshop will provide an overview of compassion satisfaction and fatigue and vicarious trauma and burnout. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and share self-care strategies within a holistic framework.
CREATING A CONTENT STRATEGY FOR YOUR NONPROFIT WEBSITE
CharityVillage
October 19, 10 a.m. (Pacific)
Free

Are you preparing for a website build or redesign for your nonprofit organization? Not sure where to begin? You should start with a website content strategy. 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 repurpose, 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 will explore the benefits of creating a clearly defined and documented website content strategy.
ENVISIONING AGEING IN PLACE
National Institute on Ageing
November 23
Location: Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
$79

The conference features expert panel discussions addressing a variety of issues that affect ageing in place, including transportation, age-friendly communities, housing design and more. Review the program agenda and register online.
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
FOOD SERVICES FACILITATOR (PART-TIME)
ElderCare Edmonton

Our southside Fulton location is looking for a reliable, enthusiastic team player who enjoys working and preparing lunch for seniors. 

Key Responsibilities
  • Plans, prepares and follows a cooking schedule and creates a monthly menu plan
  • Prepare meals and special diets for clients
  • Practices safe food handling procedures and follows food safety and sanitation guidelines
  • Kitchen maintenance including receiving and storing of food and minimizing spoilage and waste
  • Works within a set food services budget
Key Qualifications
  • Must own a vehicle, and have a valid class 5 driver's license
  • Valid Safecheck Advanced Food Safety Certification
  • Experience in volume food preparation and preparing special diets preferred
  • Able to organize and prepare appealing nourishing meals with minimal supervision
  • Familiar with provincial health, sanitation and safety regulations and inspection
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Minimum one-year experience working with seniors preferred but not necessary
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
END OF LIFE MATTERS
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Starting September 27, 10 a.m.

This seminar series will touch on end of life matters. The presenter is a grief coach, author and Palliative/Spiritual Care Provider and Educator on end-of-life matters. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN CANADA: HOW DOES IT WORK?
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
September 28, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

In 2016, there were approximately 37,000 authorized medical marijuana users. By 2024, the number of licensed users is projected to be 433,638 Canadians. Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic) is at the forefront of patient care in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana. They treat the needs of patients suffering from chronic illnesses through a stringent marijuana regulatory system. A CMClinic educator will explain the process of getting a referral to the clinic, how to find effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions, and how to navigate the new medical marijuana regulatory system.
ALBERTA CULTURAL DAYS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
September 29, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free

This event features two universal languages - music and food. 

Two choirs from WSAC and its partner Edmonton Mennonite Centre for New Comers (EMCN) will communicate and exchange their talents in their unique melodies. WSAC's house band "Silver Tones" will engage the audience to sing along with them. A special guest group, the Kyrgyz Association in Alberta, will educate people about their unique culture through dance performance, food, costume, and decorations. 

The food reflects the Unity in Diversity theme as well. Two ethnic rice dishes will be prepared by EMCN for sampling, and WSAC will remind people of our proud Albertan food. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
September 30, 10-11 a.m.
Free

Opus 12 will be at MWSA performing some world-class classical music for your entertainment. All are welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
BANNOCK MAKING
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
September 30, noon to 4 p.m.
$5 for EASC members and $7 for non-members

Have you heard of bannock? It is considered a traditional Aboriginal food; however, it was brought to this continent by settlers and has now become a staple food in Aboriginal culture as well. An EASC member (who makes very good bannock) has volunteered to teach this class. All the ingredients will be provided and all you have to do is show up. Make some bannock and then enjoy it fresh out of the oven. Mmmmm. Call 587-525-8970 to sign-up.
LEGAL WEEK AT NORTH EDMONTON SENIORS ASSOCIATION
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
October 2 - 5
Free to $2 (depending on sessions chosen)

Do you have questions about your wills? How about the legal system? Do you know what kind of legal professionals are available to help you and how to access them? Join the North Edmonton Seniors Association for an informative week of legal education, resource sharing, and refreshments. 

Monday 
October 2
9:30 -11:30 a.m.
Wills Week (daytime presentation) 
Presented by the Edmonton Community Foundation
Free
Tuesday 
October 3,
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Question and Answer Regarding Your Legal Rights 
Presented by the Alberta Law Society
Free
Wednesday
October 4
12-1 p.m.
A Question and Answer with Your City Police
Presented by Edmonton Police Services
$2
Thrusday
October 5
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wills Week (evening presentation) 
Presented by the Edmonton Community Foundation 
Free

Pre-registration is required by September 29. Registration for the October 4 session must be done in-person at NESA. Registration for the other events can be done at NESA or via telephone at 780-496-6969.
OKTOBERFEST
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
October 17
$18

Enjoy two live folk performances and a prize for the most authentic German costume. There will be tea, coffee and salad to start, a German inspired lunch, and dessert to finish. Register by October 10 to guarantee a seat and arrive early to select seating. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
LUNCH AND INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
October 22, bus leaves at 10 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
$70

Solved a mystery lately? Join the Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre for lunch and a play in Wetaskiwin. The play is Murder at the Shangra-La which is an interactive murder mystery. Phone 780-488-4241 for more information. The last day to order tickets is October 16.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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