The Link-Letter Jan. 23, 2009 v. 4-03 For more information click on the links provided or check out Resources for Agencies and Event Details. New items are highlighted. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 here. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. “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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 fax 403-287-3143. 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 information. 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.
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