The Link-Letter Nov. 23, 2012
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1. ESCC board members Jean Innes, Cori Paul, Mary Jane McLaughlin and
Peter Faid met with board members from three member organizations
-- Jewish Family Services, ELLA (Edmonton Lifelong Learners’ Association)
and Parkinson Alberta Society – on Oct. 26 to discuss ways to engage
them in our work and opportunities to collaborate. On Nov. 5, three more
member organizations -- Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre, ElderCare
Edmonton and SAGE – met with members of the board and on Nov. 13,
another three organizations -- Alberta Council on Aging, Northgate Lions
Seniors Association and ASSIST Community Services – participated in the
process. There were requests from other boards that could not be
accommodated due to time constraints but if your organization’s board
would like to meet with the ESCC board in the future, the invitation is still
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NEWS FOR AGENCY STAFF
1. The 2013 edition of the 211 Edmonton Tough Times Handbook provides
information on programs and services for dealing with emotional health,
managing your money, obtaining legal support, food and more. Copies
can be purchased for $1 each and purchases of 100 copies or more are
eligible for free shipping. All other orders will be available for pick up
beginning in January. For an order form, go here. Completed forms can
be faxed to 780-488-1495 or emailed to
email@example.com. For more information call 780-
2. Canada’s governments must be prepared to address a $93-billion
shortfall by 2025 if they hope to keep pace with the needs of the
country’s aging population, the Financial Post reported last week.
“Demands for public services will outpace Canada’s economic growth over
the next 13 years, leaving all levels of government unable to provide
public services at present-day standards,” a global consulting firm stated.
Reducing inefficiencies at all levels of government by 0.9 per cent each
year, however, would be “enough to close the expenditure gap by 2025
and provide public services that stack up to today’s standards”. To read
the article, go here.
3. “Heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory disease and diabetes are
among the leading causes of death in Canada. Since they are influenced
by modifiable behaviours, they are considered largely preventable. For
people with a chronic illness, adopting a healthier lifestyle, such as
smoking cessation, increased physical activity, eliminating heavy alcohol
consumption and improving diet, can extend longevity, reduce the
recurrence of an event and enhance quality of life.” To read more of the
Statistics Canada article Health Behaviour Changes After Diagnosis of
Chronic Illness Among Canadians Aged 50 or Older, go here.
4. “As the dividing line between our online and offline lives continues to
fade, more and more of what happens in the ‘real’ world is also seeping
into the online world — and that includes death. So how should we deal
with it when our friends or loved ones die?” You won’t find any clear cut
answers in Matthew Ingram’s article on Facebook and Death: Blurring the
Lines Between the Real and Virtual but the questions raised are thought-
provoking. To read it, go here.
5. Edmonton Heritage Council, Edmonton Arts Council and the
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues have launched a Living
Local 2012 Neighbourhood Arts and Heritage Project Grant program to
connect people and their neighbourhoods through arts and heritage. The
grant covers up to two-thirds of project funding to a maximum of
$20,000. The application deadline is Dec. 1. For guidelines, criteria
and contact details, go here.
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EVENTS FOR AGENCY STAFF
1. Groups and/or individuals who wish to speak during the City of Edmonton
budget deliberations, have the opportunity to do so Nov. 26 at 9:30
a.m. and Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. if a continuation of the public hearing is
needed. To access the request to speak form, go here.
2. The Creative Age Festival is exploring the use of social media to help
with fundraising. The Aviva Community Fund creates an opportunity for
groups to post their projects in a competition for $1 million. Ideas can be
voted on and the leading vote getters after Nov. 26 will split the funding.
Please go here to see how it works and register your vote for the Creative
Age Festival. You can vote daily until Monday and share the link with
others who might support Creative Age Festival 2013 and all the
community events it includes.
3. Volunteer Edmonton is offering a Leadership and Management for
Volunteer Coordinators and Managers workshop on Nov. 27 and 28
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at #400, 10025 – 106 Street (The Baker Centre).
Participants will learn how their leadership style can contribute to their
success: how they can benefit from how they approach providing
direction, implementing plans and motivating people. The cost is $195
(fee includes course materials and GST). To register, go here.
4. Eighty per cent of Albertans over the age of 45 have at least one chronic
health condition but 60 per cent of Canadian adults lack the literacy skills
needed to manage their health. To help address this discrepancy, the
Northeast Edmonton Literacy Network is holding a Literacy and
Health – What’s the Connection workshop on Nov. 27 from 9 to 11:30
a.m. at the Stanley A. Milner Library, lower level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill
Square. The workshop is intended for “health care providers, literacy and
community service organizations, and literacy learners”. The cost is $20
per person. To RSVP, contact Cassie by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 780-477-6648.
5. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be celebrated
on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 –
118 Avenue. Admission and parking is free. The event will be a
celebration of arts and theatre. For an event poster with more
information, go here.
6. The registration deadline for a Canadian Evaluation Society Essential
Skills Series offered Dec. 6, 7, 11 and 12 is Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. The
series is intended for those who are new to managing evaluation projects
within their organizations. Sessions provide “an overview of all facets of
evaluation and a comprehensive introduction to a full range of evaluation
terminology and basic techniques”. The cost is $225 per module or $810
for all four. To download the registration form go here.
7. The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is delighted to invite its
member organizations to a seasonal gathering on Dec. 12 from 1:30
to 3:30 p.m. in the main level lobby and Ernest C. Manning Hall at the Art
Gallery of Alberta. For an event invitation, go here. The deadline for
RSVPs is Dec. 6.
8. The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) is seeking nominees
for its 2013 Recognition Awards. The deadline for submissions is Dec.
15. For more information on the awards criteria, go here. For a
nomination form, go here. Fax or email nominations to 780-424-6313 or
9. The Alberta Centre on Aging will host a Research on Aging Nibble,
Nosh and Network event from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 18 in the Lister
Conference Centre at the University of Alberta. The guest speaker will be
Alberta Seniors Services and Continuing Care assistant deputy minister
Chi Loo on what role research and researchers might play in guiding and
influencing the direction in aging related policy in Alberta. Attendees
are encouraged to bring a poster highlighting their research. The pre-
registration deadline is Jan. 11. To register, go here.
10. MaleSurvivor.org, “the leading resource for male survivors of sexual
abuse in the United States”, will present a workshop for professional
helpers and a free Dare to Dream event for male survivors and
community members in Edmonton on Feb. 11 and in Calgary on Feb.
13. For more information and to register, go here.
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WORK OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SENIOR-SERVING SECTOR
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ITEMS FOR BOARD MEMBERS
1. When asked what would prompt them to make repeat contributions to a
charity, donors cite improved personal finances and passion for the
organization’s work. Another top motivator is “access to information
that proved the impact of their contributions”. Yet many donors never
hear from charities they support. More than 20 per cent say they have
never been thanked. Donors give nearly 70 per cent of the money they
contribute to non-profits every year to a “favourite charity”. For that
reason, non-profits should make becoming their donors’ favourite an
objective. To read more of Donors Frustrated by Ways Charities Appeal
and Follow Up, go here.
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ITEMS FOR SENIORS
1. “Some bedridden or housebound elderly people have been denied service
by Canadian banks, which refuse to cash cheques and do other
transactions on their behalf, unless they come to the bank. Banks are
simply refusing to honour power of attorney documents — in place so
children or others can do (seniors’) banking — because they are
concerned seniors are being taken advantage of.” To read more of the
CBC News story, RBC blocks housebound senior from getting her money,
and watch the related video, go here.
2. Are you working on a story, a poem, a novel or a memoir? Drop by
Writers' Corner at the Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill
Square on Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m. for some encouragement and free
advice. “The Edmonton Public Library writer in residence hosts a
friendly and supportive gathering with a different guest author each
month. The guest author will give an author talk and reading and will
then answer your questions. All writers and readers are welcome. No
experience is necessary. Admission is free.” For more information call
3. Recognizing that there isn’t a seniors centre in southwest Edmonton,
Alberta Health and the City of Edmonton have begun offering programs
at the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre to serve the needs
of older adults. Available for the first time are programs such as
Sleepless in Edmonton on Nov. 26, Surviving the Season, Boosting Your
Memory and Illness Not Age: Preparing for Transitioning from Driving.
For more information, go here and here.
4. Westend Seniors Activity Centre, located at 9629 – 176 Street, will
host a multicultural potluck for seniors on Nov. 28 from 12 to 3 p.m.
“The purpose of the event is to bring together seniors from Edmonton’s
various cultural communities to celebrate the city’s diversity and share
cultural experiences.” For an event poster, go here. For more
information call Haidong Liang or Steve Renaud at 780-483-1209.
5. Southwest Edmonton Seniors Association will hold a special public
meeting on Nov. 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Blue Quills Community Hall,
11304 – 25 Avenue. The agenda for the meeting includes asking for
input on what community members (particularly those age 54 and older)
“want to see happen in the next while and how you want it to happen”,
discussing what the results of the association’s September survey mean
“for the future of seniors in southwest Edmonton”, transferring the
steering committee’s responsibilities to SWESA and participating in the
selection of additional board directors. For more information, email
email@example.com or call 780-438-5911.
6. The City of Edmonton has completed conceptual drawings for a Civic
Precinct Master Plan for City Hall, Churchill Square, the Arts District,
SAGE and the downtown area adjacent to these buildings. The plan
contains principles for a pedestrian, programming, special event/festival,
year-round focus. The drawings are on display at City Hall until Nov. 30.
For more information, go here. To provide feedback related to
accessibility, services and programs, go here. The survey closes Nov.
30 at 4 p.m.
7. The 2013 application deadline for City of Edmonton Neighbourhood
Engagement Strategy funding is Nov. 30. “A neighbourhood group
may qualify for one-time funding of up to $2,500.” For more
information and to ensure you are eligible for funding, go here.
8. The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues is holding a Low
Density Zone and Mature Neighbourhood Overlay workshop on Dec. 3
at 7 p.m. at Glenwood Community Hall, 16430 – 97 Avenue. It is
intended to “help you further understand the implications of the
numerous regulation changes being proposed to create a more compact
city in low density zone areas of new and mature neighbourhoods”. To
RSVP, email Bev.Zubot@efcl.org so that sufficient resource material is
available. For more information, go here.
9. Stephen Harper recently announced the redevelopment of the Canadian
Museum of Civilization as the Canadian Museum of History (see Sheila
Pratt’s op ed piece in the Edmonton Journal Nov. 2 here). The museum is
going across the country to talk about what themes, perspectives,
events, individuals and artifacts Canadians would like to see in the new
museum. Go here to complete an online survey and RSVP to attend the
meeting in Edmonton on Dec. 4.
10. “The word ‘dementia’ is an umbrella term for anything that can cause
issues with brain functioning such as confusion, memory loss, or loss of
problem solving ability. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common
form of dementia in older persons, there are many more varieties.” For
access to a comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Guide,
provided by Home Instead Senior Care, go here. To attend a free
Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Workshop at Westend Seniors Activity
Centre on Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., RSVP by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 780-439-9990.
11. Albertans wishing to be immunized against the flu virus can find the
location of the clinic nearest them by going here.
12. “Seniors concerned about keeping their walkways clear of snow this
winter are invited to look for assistance from five not‐for‐profit agencies
in Edmonton. They will help to match seniors with screened snow
removal service providers that charge reasonable rates. This enables
older adult home owners to comply with city bylaws, improve their own
safety and that of others in their neighbourhoods, and enhance their
opportunities to remain mobile and active during the winter months.” To
read more of an ESCC news release, go here. To go directly to a service
providers contact list, go here.
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VOLUNTEER/WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIORS
1. Seniors Assisted Transportation Society of Greater Edmonton
(SATS) needs more volunteer drivers to handle 300 “new to us” older
frail seniors. “SATS makes it easy to give volunteer time at your
convenience and we reimburse gas monies of $10 to $20 a volunteer
driven trip with an elder.” Call 780-732-1221 for more information. SATS
screens and schedules volunteer drivers for seniors over age 65 who are
walking and earn under $30,000 a year.
2. The Brick Sport Central is looking for volunteers to help with
collection, inventory and repairing of sports equipment for children, as
well as outfitting youth who need the equipment in order to take
advantage of opportunities to participate in sport. The Brick Sports
Central is a registered charity that makes sports equipment available at
no cost to kids up to and including the age of 17. “Our charitable
mandate is to help individual kids in situations where they cannot afford
equipment for sport and recreation.” For more information go here or call
3. The Christmas Bureau provides a festive meal for more than 65,000
Edmontonians. “Our 2012 goal is to raise $1.8 million to make this
possible. Our campaign relies largely on volunteers.” For a campaign
poster, go here. Volunteers are needed at donation desks and gift
wrapping stations in the malls; for stuffing envelopes, counting donations
and helping with mail outs at the office; and to assist at special events
and Walk-in Days. All opportunities are posted here. For more information
call 780-414-7682 or email email@example.com.
4. The Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre is seeking
volunteers for a fundraiser at the Apex Casino, 24 Boudreau Road, St.
Albert on Dec. 10 and 11. Volunteer shifts are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 4:45 to
10 p.m., 9:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The positions
available are general manager, banker, cashier, chip runners and count
room personnel. To sign up, call Donna Woodford at 780-973-4011 ext.
2285. For more information on the MFRC and other volunteer
opportunities, go here.
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