September 5, 2019
Seniors Sector News
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING TO RELEASE REPORTS ON THE FUTURE OF LONG-TERM CARE IN CANADA

Each year, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) identifies a key policy challenge to address through expert research, broad engagement, and actionable reports. This year, the NIA is launching a three-part policy series that examines the current system of home and community, and of care delivered for older Canadians in designated buildings such as nursing homes.
 
The first report of the series will explore what the provision of long-term care currently looks like across Canada and place it within the global context of comparable countries that are also tackling significant demographic transitions and redeveloping their systems of care.
 
The second report will investigate the projected future costs of providing care in designated buildings such as nursing homes across Canada, if no action is taken to advance the status quo.
 
The third and final report of the series will bring together experts in financial and health policy to present options and recommendations for a feasible and fiscally responsible set of policy scenarios, which bring the right type of needed reforms to our future systems of care.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Grants and Awards
THE IMPACT AWARDS

Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC) is thrilled to announce the launch of a national award program in partnership with Better Impact. The Impact Awards will recognize the work of volunteer engagement professionals in Canada. Nominations are being accepted until Sept. 14 and will be awarded live during the VMPC Hybrid Conference on Oct. 22 and 23.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Resources
FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY WEBINAR RECORDING

Learn about ideas, new tools and resources, and innovative partnerships to maximize your impact on Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. In this webinar recording, the National Council on Aging's National Falls Prevention Resource Center and guest speakers share successful past events that will inspire you to develop activities to engage your entire community.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
NONPROFIT STORYTELLING WITH FINANCIALS 
Bloomerang
Sept. 19, 2-3 p.m. Eastern
Free

Have a hard time translating spreadsheets into words? This practical webinar is for busy leaders who need to tell the story of their numbers. This webinar is not a technical session on accounting or audits, but instead a big picture overview to help leaders understand their organization's financial health and how to talk about it with stakeholders, including board members, staff, volunteers, donors, constituents, and the general public.
FALL SPEECHREADING COURSE
St. Albert Further Education (107, 80 McKenney Avenue, St. Albert)
Sept. 26-Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 7-9 p.m.
$175 CAD (includes materials)

Do you find that you are having trouble hearing others and following along with conversations? Research shows that hearing aids plus speechreading give the best results! Starting soon, St. Albert Further Education will be offering a speechreading course with morning and evening class options to fit your busy schedule. Register online or by phone at 780-460-2207. Not sure if speechreading is for you? Drop-in courses run each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Call 780-460-2207 for details.
BOARD TO BOARD: ROADMAP TO A STRONGER CHARITABLE SECTOR-CANADIAN SENATE REPORT
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
Sept. 26, 5:30-8 p.m.
$30 members; $45 non-members (CAD)
Location: Glenrose Room, Royal Glenora Club (11160 River Valley Road)

In June 2019, the Government of Canada released Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector, the product of recent Canada-wide consultation with non-profits and charities. Its 42 recommendations set a roadmap for a much healthier and more resilient future for the charitable sector. This important discussion will address what the Senate report could mean for your non-profit and is a great opportunity to get to know the report, meet other board members, and join the conversation.
EVAL LAB
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, Alberta Culture and the
Community-University Partnership
October 2019-April 2020
$1000 CAD (covers two participants from each collaborative)

With an increasing push for evaluation in the non-profit sector, organizations face the difficult task of incorporating evaluation with only minimal resources to do so. Eval Lab is a co-learning space designed to demystify evaluation, transform thinking, and help organizations incorporate evaluative thinking for improved decision-making. The deadline to apply is Sept. 13. Eval Lab is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which covers as much as two-thirds of your registration fee. Pay as little as $335 for the entire lab!
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Edmonton Meals on Wheels
Sept. 19, 7-10 p.m.
Location: Yellowhead Brewery (10229 105 Street)
$40

Listen to great music, watch live artists, and enjoy delicious appetizers, all while supporting Edmonton Meals on Wheels. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit low-income seniors and homebound individuals throughout the city. Get your tickets today!
BOOKS2BUY SALES
Edmonton Public Library
Various dates, times, and locations

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is looking to sell their excess stock as they add new materials to their collection. Bookworms can expect huge savings on materials in great condition for the whole family. The EPL hosts several events each year where the public can get great deals on books, music, movies and more. The next sale takes place from Sept. 13 to 15 at the Mill Woods branch (2610 Hewes Way).
MAHJONG LESSONS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 8, 15; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
$5

Tomorrow (Sept. 6) is the last day to register for this six-week class that will provide a comprehensive introduction to the basics of Mahjong, an addictive tile game similar to gin rummy. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register.
DINNER AND DANCE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association  (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
Sept. 14, 5 p.m. cocktails; 6 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. dance
$35

Enjoy an evening of good food with music by "The Melody Makers". Round up some friends and shake and shimmy the night away. Call 780-468-1985 to get your tickets in advance. Tickets will not be available at the door.
COMMUNITY LEAGUE DAY
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
Sept. 21, various times and locations
Free

Take part in Community League Day with events happening across the city celebrating Edmonton's 160 diverse Community Leagues. From block parties to BBQs, concerts and other family-friendly events, be sure to check out the  event map to find fun activities happening in your neighbourhood!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association  (7524 139 Avenue)
6:45 p.m.
$8 members; $11 non-members  

Dance to toe-tapping tunes from different bands each week, including Ghost Riders (Sept. 4), the Diamonds (Sept. 11), the Chwill Brothers (Sept. 18), and Country Gold (Sept 25). Call 780-496-6969 to get tickets.
FEST
GeriActors Theatre
Oct. 5, 7:30-9 p.m.
Location: Sugar Swing Ballroom (10019 80 Ave) **Wheelchair Accessible**
$15

After a few-years hiatus, FEST-the Festival of Edmonton Seniors Theatre-is back! Featuring original plays by GeriActors and Friends plus performances by storytellers, musicians, poets and more, FEST celebrates the creativity and artistry of older adults. Get your tickets today. 
ZONING BYLAW RENEWAL SURVEY 
City of Edmonton 

Help create and shape Edmonton's new Zoning Bylaw by providing your feedback through an online survey. The Zoning Bylaw is the rulebook for how Edmonton is developed. It sets out the types and sizes of buildings that can be built on private properties, and what can happen on that property. Have your say in this survey and help make Edmonton a city that people will be proud to call home. Survey closes Sept. 13.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY WALKING: LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Capilano Community League Hall (10810 54 Street)

This program helps ensure that seniors benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities. This program is inspired and led by seniors, volunteer-based, and supported by communities. This program provides seniors with the knowledge required to deliver a walking program in their community. 
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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