The Link-Letter Jan. 23, 2009
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NEWS FOR AGENCY STAFF
1. ESCC would like to know if members have an emergency call back
policy for their staff. When an emergency occurs at your office, who
gets called back to work and how is that employee compensated? Do you
have a rotating call back schedule? Are employees compensated for
being “on call”? We will share the survey findings through our Link-Letter
and our website. Please send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org
by noon on Feb. 2. The report on response will provide a composite
overview and will not link responses to specific respondents.
2. A four-minute segment of the Seniors Assisted Transportation
Society of Greater Edmonton’s driver recruitment video can be
viewed on YouTube here. For a copy of the DVD, contact the society at
780-732-1221; fax 780-732-1227; mail 9907 - 108 Ave, Edmonton, T5H
1A5; or email email@example.com. For a registration form to
participate in SATS’ Senior IdleTM event, go here.
3. Increasingly, models of successful aging highlight evidence of creativity
as key to health and well-being. For a Psychology Today blog titled
Art is the Only Thing Left in the World, which includes a YouTube link
to a short video, go here. The blog is part of a series on The Healing
Arts. Links to other blogs from the same page include Adventures in Old
Age, Love and Dementia, and Who’s Caring for Mom.
4. Non-profit organizations needing to raise more funds may want to
consider the following option. Their members can assist them by using
gas cards at Husky and Mohawk service stations that can be swiped for
donations through a community rebate program. When they swipe the
card, 2% of their purchase amount will be donated to the designated
organization. For more information, go here. To access a booklet
intended to help non-profits navigate uncertain financial times, go
5. ESCC is attempting to determine the level of interest in bringing in a
speaker to talk about databases and outcome measures. The council
has been approached by a representative of Social Solutions, a provider
of performance management software and services for the human
services sector. Its ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software and services
purport to give organizations “a clear picture of which efforts are having
the greatest impact on the social issues they strive to address. With this
knowledge, organizations can reinforce what's working, adjust what isn't,
and more easily report quantified successes to key stakeholders.” If you
are interested in attending such a presentation, contact Sheila at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-423-5635 by noon on Jan. 26.
6. Seniors Assisted Transportation Society of Greater Edmonton has
desks it wishes to give away to seniors non-profits. Interested
organizations will have to pick them up and they do not fit in a car, says
SATS executive director Anna Der. The society is located at 9907 - 108
Avenue, Edmonton. For more information phone 780 732-1221, fax 780
732-1227 or email email@example.com.
PROJECTS ON THE GO
The Dementia Care Training Centre of the Alzheimer Society of
Calgary is looking for partnerships that will enable it to respond to
requests to deliver staff development workshops and training programs in
the Edmonton area. The centre is planning two one-day workshops
between April 20 and 24. Dementia, Depression & Delirium will train
staff to understand, recognize and differentiate these conditions. The role of
staff in providing appropriate care and aspects of the diagnostic process will
also be discussed. Best Friends™ Approach Workshop explores ways in
which this framework and philosophy can assist in developing effective
person-centred care. The participant fee for each workshop is $100. The
centre is looking for partners to accommodate/host workshops (training
room for up to 25 people) and to communicate them to organizations and
key contact people in dementia care (residences, continuing care, home
care, etc.). If interested, call Frank van den Berg at (403) 290-0110 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. “We can also plan for an in-house training
program or workshop in your organization. This may be particularly
interesting if you feel that eight or more staff members in various roles
(nursing, care aides, dietary staff, housekeeping, administration) can benefit
from training.” For more information, go to www.AlzheimerCalgary.com.
EVENTS FOR AGENCY STAFF
1. CHNET-Works, “an evolving infrastructure using innovative information
technology to help support discussions and actions on pressing community health
issues,” has scheduled a number of “fireside chats”. For information about how
to participate, go here. Upcoming chats include Healthy Aging and
Age-Friendly Communities #1: Canadian Challenges,
Opportunities and World Health Organization Age-Friendly
Communities on Thursday, Jan. 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and
Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities #2: Models of
Implementation in Canada on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Eastern Time. The latter will examine “what’s being done to implement
policies, services and structures related to the physical and social
environment that are designed to support and enable older people to
‘age actively’.” For information about either of these chats, go here.
2. Knowledge Sharing Forum: Joining Hands, Moving Forward,
hosted by Community Initiatives Against Family Violence (CIAFV) and
held Feb. 5, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre in
Edmonton, is designed for service providers to share their expertise and
discuss techniques, challenges, and insights. Sessions include Safe
Housing for Abused Seniors: A Holistic Approach and Responding
to Victims of Violence in Immigrant Communities. Workshop
descriptions can be viewed at www.ciafv.com. Fee: $40 including choice
of 16 presentations, continental breakfast and hot lunch.
3. The Greying Nation Conference Planning Committee invites
delegates to submit an abstract for podium or poster presentation. The
conference, Keeping Ahead of the Wave, will address how the
healthcare sector can prepare for the influx of baby boomer seniors, who
begin turning 65 in 2011. All abstracts must be submitted via email to
GRHEdServices@capitalhealth.ca, using the official abstract form. The
form and additional submission information can be downloaded at the
Capital Health website. Submission deadline: Feb. 15.
4. The 2009 Board Leadership Conference takes place on Saturday,
March 21, at Grant MacEwan College from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The
conference is geared for board members of nonprofit/voluntary
organizations and will provide sessions addressing the needs of both
beginner and experienced board members. Learn about media relations,
fundraising, board recruitment and succession planning, generative
governance, cultural diversity and more. For more information, check the
program schedule, FAQs and conference poster. Registration is $55.30
per person. Register online at http://boardleadership09.eventbrite.com.
For more information, call the Resource Centre for Voluntary
Organizations at 780-497-4780 or email
5. The Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations is partnering with
the City of Edmonton’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Racism Free
Edmonton, to celebrate International Day for the Elimination of
Racial Discrimination on March 21. To nominate candidates for Anti-
Racism Awards, or to apply for funds to assist with March 21
initiatives, go to www.naarr.org. The application deadline is Feb. 6.
6. The barriers that most immigrant seniors face, in addition to the
biggest barrier of language, are access to information, housing, home
care and long term care, transportation, income support and cost of
living, health and mental health support. Struggles with all of these
contribute to social isolation, reduced quality of life and an inability to
contribute to society. Calgary Community and Neighbourhood
Services will address these issues April 2 during a Speak Out forum
on working to include immigrant and refugee seniors on seniors’ policy
agendas. The forum will bring together seniors, researchers, policy
makers, service providers and all three levels of government to begin to
build awareness of the needs and issues of immigrant seniors and to
share information. The forum will be held at the Greenwood Inn, 3515 -
26 Street NE from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The registration deadline is
March 12. To view a poster and the forum registration form, go here.
For more information or to register, email email@example.com or
WORK OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SENIOR SERVING SECTOR
SAGE is seeking a home services coordinator to be responsible for day-
to-day operations of the program. These include volunteer training and
supervision, handling calls when volunteers are not available and/or there is
a heavy work load, worker recruitment and screening, developing and
implementing a marketing and advertising plan, overseeing satisfaction
surveys, and problem solving as required. Responsibilities also include
developing and implementing a plan for increased self-sustainability,
providing excellent customer service, and innovation in service delivery. For
a full job description and more details, visit www.MySage.ca. Submit
resume by Feb. 9 to Director of Operations, SAGE, 15 Sir Winston Churchill
Square, Edmonton, T5J 2E5, or fax to 780-426- 5175. Only candidates
selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
ITEMS FOR SENIORS
1. In response to questions raised about application assessment times,
Alberta Seniors and Community Supports’ Residential Access
Modification Program (RAMP) application forms have been revised.
Applications using the new forms will be processed and assessed on a
priority basis. For a copy of the tenant application form, go here and for
a copy of the homeowner application form, go here.
2. The Alberta Association of Seniors Helping Seniors is concerned
about what it sees as “almost daily changes in policy that are
negatively impacting the quality of life for seniors in the province”. It’s
calling for a return to “the principle of fairness” in dealing with senior
support programs. Specifically, the organization notes that tax
increases, cuts to public health care services, and means testing have
created a “climate of fear” amongst seniors. For more on the group and
its initiatives, go to www.albertaseniorshelpingseniors.blogspot.com.
3. Edmonton Meals on Wheels’ Heat 'n Eat Frozen Meals selections
now include gluten free, lactose free, vegan and halal entrees. Check out
the menu at www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org. Free city delivery on
orders over $40 or pick up your order between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday. To order, call 780-429-2020 or fax 780-424-5561 with
your choices from the frozen menu or the pureed frozen order menu. For
instructions for reheating frozen meals, go here. Prepay over the phone
with VISA/MasterCard or cheque/cash with delivery. For more
information about the frozen order program, click here.
4. For an electronic copy of the provincial government’s updated 2008-2009
Seniors Programs and Services Information Guide, go to
Publications at www.seniors.gov.ab.ca. For more information about
seniors programs and services, call Alberta Seniors and Community
Supports toll-free at 1-800-642-3853 or 780-427-7876 in Edmonton. If
you are deaf or hearing impaired, and have a TDD/TTY unit, call toll-free
at 1-800-232-7215 or 780-427-9999 in Edmonton.
5. The current exhibition at the Jeff Allen Gallery, Strathcona Place Senior
Centre, 10831 University Avenue, is Trees. Eight artists of The St. Albert
Artists Guild have chosen the theme to signify “simple objects of beauty
or symbols representing many facets of life such as strength, growth and
shelter”. The exhibition runs until Jan. 29. Best viewing hours are 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more
information call 780-433-5708.
6. Edmonton Meals on Wheels, in partnership with the South East
Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) and Westend Seniors
Activity Centre, is launching a program to help seniors eat healthy
and shop better. A registered dietician will lead four sessions on the
nutrition needs of seniors; fibre, dietary fats and sodium; label reading;
and cooking/shopping for one or two. Each session will include a cooking
demonstration highlighting tasty, nutritious recipes and a discussion on
the topic of the day. Sessions are Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 1
to 2:30 p.m. at SEESA, 9350 - 82 St., Edmonton; and Thursdays, Feb.
5, 12, 19 and 26, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Westend Seniors Activity Centre,
9629 – 176 St., Edmonton. To register, call 780-483-1209. Registration
limited to eight participants.
7. The Capital Care Foundation’s Volunteer, Auxiliary and Family
Conference will be held Feb. 5 at the Fantasyland Hotel. Sessions
include End of Life, Not End of Care; What to do When Caring Hurts - A
Brief Guide for Dementia Care; and Using Humour in Health Care. For
more information, click here. The cost is $35 for the full day, with lunch
on your own, or $60 with lunch included. The conference is designed for
volunteers, auxiliary members and family caregivers.
8. The Edmonton Health and Wellness Show, Feb. 27 from noon to 8
p.m. at the Mayfield Inn & Trade Centre, is welcoming senior groups to
“come down to the show for a fun-filled day with sampling, giveaways
and more. We have teamed up with the Canadian Diabetes
Association and will feature their diabetes expo inside the show. Over
160 exhibits to see and lots of activities to do.” Call Emily Salsbury at
780-424-9224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your tour
group, or visit www.edmontonhealthandwellness.com for more
9. Do you know of a person or organization that advocates for, improves
services, or makes a difference for persons with disabilities? The City of
Edmonton Advisory Board on Services for Persons with
Disabilities is seeking nominations for the 2009 Mayor's Awards.
The ceremony is on May 21 at City Hall. Awards are presented for Self
Advocacy, Universal Design in Architecture, Employment (paid and
volunteer), and Outstanding Service. Nomination packages are available
at www.edmonton.ca/disability. Click the “Mayor’s Awards” link to
download copies of the nomination form, judging criteria sheet and
informational brochure. Deadline for nominations is April 1. For more
information or to receive your nomination package by mail, call 780-496-
4910 or email email@example.com.
10. Do you need a winter coat but don’t have the means to purchase one?
Do you want to help others stay warm this winter? Coats for Kids &
Families is a United Way initiative. Donated coats are dropped off at
Page the Cleaner locations, cleaned coats are sorted at the United
Way InKind Centre, and coats are then distributed to community
agencies. To request coats, contact Rick Adams at 780-444-5001 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Coats can be delivered to agencies and unused
coats picked up at the end of winter. Coats are also available through the
United Way InKind Centre at 16821 - 113 Avenue, Edmonton.
VOLUNTEER/WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIORS
1. Frontier College Edmonton is recruiting volunteers for its winter
programs. Frontier College is a national non-profit literacy organization
that works with many groups, including youth, new immigrants and
migrant workers, to help them reach their literacy goals. The college is
currently looking for volunteers for its reading circle programs.
Programs are held at the Whitemud Crossing, Stanley Milner and
Woodcroft Edmonton Public Library branches. Volunteers work one-on-
one with a youth learner for one hour a week to read, write or play
literacy games. Training and orientation provided. To volunteer, contact
Edmonton@frontiercollege.ca or call Miranda at 780-487-4787.
2. Habitat for Humanity is recruiting for the following volunteer positions
at its project in Northeast Edmonton: Construction workers for general
construction work (beginner to trades people welcome); all equipment,
tools and hands-on training supplied; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift: Crew
leaders to lead small groups under the supervision of H for H staff;
strong communication skills and some construction knowledge required;
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift: Site hosts to host volunteers on the job-site;
must be friendly, hospitable and have the mobility to be on a job site;
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. shift. Tuesday to Saturday shifts available for all
positions. Shifts will be booked until March. Groups welcome. Contact Kim
at email@example.com or 780-479-3566 ext 232.