September 22, 2016
Resources
ACTION FOR AGEING TOOLKIT
World Health Organization

Action for Ageing is a toolkit for organizing innovative events on the World report on ageing and health or on ageing and health in general. The toolkit describes interactive formats to supplement formal speeches and presentations, provides resources (e.g. infographics, fact sheets, presentation slides) and gives tips for planning and documenting events. 
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
FUNDERS FORUM 2016
Information & Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County
October 4, 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: OLPH Church, Sherwood Park
$20 (includes a light dinner and refreshments)

This is a great opportunity to learn about funding grants and initiatives. Funders will be speaking to small groups on a rotating basis. Some of the confirmed funders include New Horizons Grant - Service Canada, Community Grants with Alberta Culture and Tourism, Edmonton Community Foundation, FortisAlberta, Atco Gas, Fund it Forward Crowdfunding, Shell Community Investment and Servus. Register before September 28.
BUSINESS ACTIVITIES AND CANADIAN REGISTERED CHARITIES
Canadian Charity Law Association
October 12, 10-11 a.m. Mountain
Free

This webinar will provide clarity on how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) identifies and classifies business activities, what types of business activities registered charities are allowed to carry on, other types of allowable activities that have business-like characteristics, and how the social enterprise concept translates to registered charities.
POLICY LAB: VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
October 13, 6-9 p.m.
$7-30

Volunteers are an integral part of the non-profit organization human infrastructure. They sit on our boards, run special projects, maintain our programs, deliver goods and services, build our websites, and can even paint our walls. Every organization utilises volunteers differently. Every organization screens, trains, and empowers volunteers differently too. During this Policy Lab you will explore the following questions as they relate to your organization:
  • What is the role of volunteers in our organization?
  • What recruitment practices will empower us to have the best volunteers to meet our needs?
  • How do we recruit volunteers in a way that is pleasant and engaging but minimises organizational risk?
ARTIST TEACHER TRAINING
GeriActors Theatre
October 21 - 23
$100 / $75 for students and seniors

Register for GeriActors Artist Teacher Training! Participants will learn the theory and practice of community-based theatre with particular reference to seniors. This program is perfect for actors, educators, healthcare providers, recreation professionals, and more. 

At the end of the Training Program those interested will have the opportunity to lead, in pairs, a workshop in Performance Storytelling, for which they will be paid. This 3-week residency is a great opportunity to put into practice what you learned in the training program.

For more information and to register visit the GeriActors website. Interested participants should contact Becca Barrington at geriactors.friends@gmail.com or 780-248-1556.
RETHINK AGEING
National Institute on Ageing
November 24 and 25
Toronto
$199 per day or $350 for both days (includes meals and networking reception)

Rethink Ageing will bring together delegates to learn, share, and brainstorm the key actions for advancing the pillars of the National Seniors Strategy (NSS) which was released in October 2015. For each pillar, there will be an expert panel, followed by related breakout sessions for presentations and interactive discussion.
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
VOLUNTEER/MEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR
Mill Woods Seniors Association

Duties:
  • The Volunteer/Member Services Coordinator will recruit, interview and train volunteers to work at our front desk, kitchen and cashier positions, and other events as required.
  • This person will also act as a member liaison to our membership by helping members understand the benefits of membership as well as take advantage of all the benefits.
  • Additional duties may include working on the monthly newsletter as well as internal communication.

Qualifications: A Bachelors degree in a human services discipline would be an asset, but is not mandatory. 

Visit www.MWSAC.ca for more information. Resumes should be sent to edmillwoodsseniors@gmail.com before September 30.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK ANIMATOR
Age Friendly Edmonton

Age Friendly Edmonton's Information and Communications Working Group intends to create an Age Friendly Information and Communication Network.

The Network Animator will support the Network Leadership Team in the creation and operations of the Information and Communication Network. The focus of the role will be:
  • Engagement and promotion activities in support of the development of the Network
  • Gathering information on options for Network governance and operations to develop a sustainable structure for the Network
  • Development and execution of a project plan based on the ICN Transition Plan
  • Providing administration and logistic support to the Network as required
The ideal candidate will have a post-secondary degree, and/or equivalent work experience, that would be the foundation for the skills and knowledge required to execute the responsibilities for the position, including but not limited to: project management; research and information acquisition; communications and/or marketing and/or public relations; and event planning. 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 part-time position to March, 2018. Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The posting closes October 7.
OUTREACH WORKER
North Edmonton Seniors Association

Responsibilities:
  • Identify and assess the needs of isolated and at-risk seniors (55 +) in North East Edmonton and provide outreach services.
  • Provide information and referral, advocacy, crisis intervention and emotional support to clients accessing the outreach program
  • Support existing Health & Wellness programs and services at the centre
  • Assist Outreach Coordinator in planning and implementing outreach programs and activities or events (such as information workshops or support groups)
  • Facilitate outreach partnerships throughout the community
  • Maintain accurate current records of all outreach clients and contacts
Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Undergraduate degree in Social Work or related Human Services field. Consideration will be given to those who have a diploma in a related field along with previous experience in working in human services.
  • Familiarity with the Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice
  • Excellent communications, assessment and interviewing skills
  • Knowledge of community services and resources pertaining to older adults
  • Evidence of good professional boundaries
  • A vehicle and valid operator's license is required
  • The successful candidate will be required to obtain a satisfactory Police Information Check Certificate including Vulnerable Sector Check from the police agency in the jurisdiction in which they reside
Review the complete job posting for details on the position. The posting closes October 7. Submit resumes to josie.leiter@edmonton.ca.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: FROM KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION
Age Friendly Edmonton

Age Friendly Edmonton is seeking proposals that are focused on translating research into action. Projects will build upon existing Age Friendly Edmonton research and resources (i.e. tool-kits, tip sheets, etc.), and/or related local and national research with a focus on one of the following themes:
  • Inclusion
  • Civic Engagement
  • Safety
Several grants, each to a maximum of $40,000 are available. Proposals are due October 3, 2016 and projects will need to be completed by March 31, 2018.

Review the Call for Proposals and the website for information on project themes, eligibility requirements and application process.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
FREE ADMISSION DAY
City of Edmonton
Sunday, September 25

Enjoy free admission to many City of Edmonton attractions and cultural facilities, recreation centres, select YMCA Family Community Centres and some public arenas. Learn more about participating facilities.
YOGA THERAPY TOOLBOX FOR ARTHRITIS & OSTEOPOROSIS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
September 28, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
$12

Studies have shown that both arthritis and osteoporosis are health conditions that benefit from the practice of yoga. Find out why and how yoga can help to make your daily activities a little easier, and learn some tips for a safe yoga practice. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS
September 30, October 1 and 2

Enjoy arts, heritage and cultural diversity during Alberta Culture Days. There are over 60 registered events in the Edmonton area including film festivals, dance classes and shows, book making, symphony and barbershop quartet performances and free entry to Alberta's historic sites and museums. Check out the Edmonton and Alberta schedules.
16TH ANNUAL INTERFAITH, MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION
Multicultural Women and Seniors Services Association
October 1, 6-11 p.m.
Location: Meridian Banquet Hall (4820 76 Avenue)
$30 or tickets at the door for $35

This ladies-only event will focus on the theme of women as leaders in religion and politics. The event brings together a diverse group of multi-faith speakers and audience. The evening of enlightening talks is followed by delicious dinner, colorful multicultural performers such as Balada Romanian Folk Dance, the beautiful and energetic Chinese Lion Dance, Khatak, Bhangra, Bollywood dances, fashion show and songs. For tickets contact Iram, Shameem, Murshida or Sofia at 780-465-2992 or register through Eventbrite.
HEALTH INFORMATION SESSIONS
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Free

October 7 at 1 p.m. Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy talk about Vitamins and Other Medication
Feeling overwhelmed with your medications? Not sure which ones are for what? Curious about what your blood sugar level is? This presentation will help you understand vitamins and your medications.

October 19 at 10 a.m. Presentation by United Health Center on diabetes management program, Arthritis causes and prevention and freedom to a healthy life style.

Call 780-433-5807 to register your interest.
DRUG COURT COURSE
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Wednesdays, October 12-November 9, 1:30 - 4 p.m.
$38

In this new class by retired criminal justice professor, Doug Heckbert, delve into the fascinating world of Drug Court in Edmonton. The course includes guest speakers and a tour. You must have taken the Realities of Crime and Justice course to take this course. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
LET'S TALK ABOUT MATURE NEIGHBOURHOODS
City of Edmonton
October 12, 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)

The City of Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw Unit is currently updating the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay. City staff want to know what you think about draft zoning changes in your neighbourhood. At this event they will be presenting proposed changes to the zoning regulations that govern new development in older neighbourhoods. To register, contact Robert Rutherford at robert.rutherford@edmonton.ca or 780-944-0456.
FLOOR CURLING WITH ROCK SOLID PRODUCTIONS INC.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
October 18, 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$10 member/$15 non-member

Do you want to try something new? Floor curling promotes flexibility, increased range of motion, and circulation - a great activity that allows players of all abilities to compete. Pusher sticks allow participants, including those with mobility restrictions and even those in wheelchairs, to easily deliver the floor curling "rocks" without bending to floor level. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
OCTOBERFEST
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
October 21, starting at 5 p.m.

This promises to be a fun event for members and invited guests. Enjoy a dinner (theme style), cash bar and entertainment by the Bavarian Schuhplatters. Tickets go on sale at the end of September. For more information on prices and dinner menu, call the main office at 780-496-7369 or visit the CLSA website after September 26.
UKRAINIAN HARVEST GALA
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 21, 5-10 p.m.
Tickets $50 each or $400/table

Enjoy a night of live music by the Cimmarons, Ukrainian dancers and singers, authentic food and silent auction. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
ALBERTA BALLET & THE DOCUMENTATION OF PERFORMANCE
Provincial Archives of Alberta (8555 Roper Road)
September 1 to December 17, Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday until 9 p.m.
Free exhibit

Alberta Ballet donated its extensive archives to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2012, where the records were appraised, arranged, rehoused, described and made available to the public. The Provincial Archives of Alberta presents this retrospective survey of the company's first fifty years in celebration of Alberta Ballet's 50th Anniversary.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
SENIORS' HOUSING FORUM

The Seniors' Housing Forum is in urgent need of volunteers for this weekend's forum. Volunteer positions include:
  • Event Setup: Friday, September 23 from 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Moderators: Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Parking Assistants: Saturday, September 24 from 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Handing out participant bags: Saturday, September 24 from 8:30 - 11 a.m.
Contact Carlina MacInnis at 780-701-9007 or cmacinnis@mysage.ca if you can help.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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