Professional Development for the Senior-Serving Sector

ESCC Events
Biggest Bang for the Health Care Buck: Why Community Supports Matter
Join us for the next ESCC conversation café where we will explore seniors’ health care spending with Dr. Richard Lewanczuk, Senior Medical Director, Provincial Primary Health Care, Alberta Health Services. ESCC will host facilitated table talks and explore a theory that by increasing funding and support for community and home-based services, we may be able to reduce some of the demands for the most expensive aspects of public health care while improving the capacity of an aging population to age in place with dignity.
Biggest Bang for the Health Care Buck: Why Community Supports Matter
June 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Ital-Canadian Seniors Centre (9111 110 Avenue)
Register online for this free event by June 21. A light lunch will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please indicate that when you register. Call Sheila at 780-423-5635 ext.3 for more information.
Mental Health First Aid for Seniors
Mental Health Commission of Canada
June 19-20
Mental Health First Aid for Seniors is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote the mental health of seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible and intervene early when problems first emerge.
This course will cover how to:
-Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop in seniors
-Provide initial help when dealing with a mental health problem or crisis
-Decrease stigma and discrimination around mental health problems and illnesses
-Guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help
-Provide strategies and resources to support both seniors and their caregivers
Register for the course offered in Edmonton.
Support Services for Canadians Affected by Elder Abuse
June 20, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
This webinar will explore the support services available for Canadians affected by elder abuse. The presentation will review gaps, areas for improvement, good practices and care, and supports that are available to older Canadian adults experiencing elder mistreatment. The information to be shared was derived from a literature review and a key informant survey. The purpose of the webinar is to have open discussion exploring existing systems in order to improve service delivery and effectively support older adults experiencing the different dimensions of abuse.
How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations
June 21, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
In the last year, Facebook launched an entirely new set of tools to help nonprofits raise funds on the platform. Did you know that your nonprofit can now collect donations with these tools on your page, via Facebook ads and in individual posts? In this webinar, you’ll learn how to successfully register your nonprofit to use Facebook’s powerful new Fundraising Tools, and get a brief step-by-step guide to using these free tools to raise money using Facebook.
Capital Campaigns, Capacity, and Communications: Ramping Up for the Future
Big Duck
June 21, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Capital campaigns signal big changes are coming and align your team around a set of ambitious future goals. While most people think of capital campaigns as fundraising and planning for capital projects, they can also be a catalyst to radically advance your organization in other ways, too. This webinar will explore how you can leverage your capital campaign to boost your organization’s capacity, strategy, and brand.
How to Engage Employer-Supported Volunteers
Charity Village
June 22, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Of the 12.7 million Canadians who volunteer, over 1/3 are supported to do so through their employer. For community organizations, it can be an opportunity for growing labour and skilled resources while engaging new audiences in their mission. Is your organization ready to manage requests for corporate volunteering opportunities? During this webinar find out what you need to know to get started and to keep your employer-supported volunteers coming back for more.
Ready for July 1st? An update on Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
TechSoup Canada
June 22, 10 - 11:30 a.m. (Mountain)
This webinar will walk nonprofits through Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) for nonprofits and charities and what's involved in the next deadline for CASL that will come into effect on July 1, 2017. You will learn:
-How CASL applies to nonprofits and charities
-What's changing in the next deadline (transition period for implied consent ends and private rights of action will be in force)
-How to be compliant with the legislation
Boost Fundraising and Engagement with Personalized Video
See3 and the Alzheimer’s Association
June 28, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Looking for a proven way to boost your organization's fundraising, donor retention, email signups, and more? With Personalized Video, one compelling video becomes thousands of personalized ones - leading to greater viewer engagement. Join this webinar to learn the science behind why personalization markedly increases donations and engagement through individual viewer connection. You’ll also learn how the Alzheimer's Association successfully uses Personalized Video for two annual events, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day, leading to substantial increases in fundraising success.
Executive Director Wine & Wisdom Networking Event
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
June 29, 6 – 9 p.m.
The Almanac (10351 82 Avenue)
Join your peers for a night of wine, snacks and meaningful conversation. This is an excellent chance to connect with fellow Executive Directors and CEOs in the sector and learn from shared experiences.This Wine & Wisdom event will focus on innovation: How can a new executive director create space to innovate? How can we learn from the past? How do we drive innovation from inside? Where does an experienced executive director find the energy in the system to innovate?
7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit
June 29, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Volunteers are more than simply an extra pair of hands. They bring special skills, are trusted service delivery partners, and can extend your connections with diverse communities far beyond your agency’s doors. They are also key financial contributors, donating ten times more than non-volunteers. The value of volunteers can’t be ignored.  But, effective volunteer engagement requires a focus on the right tactics at the right time to fully realize the power of volunteer time and talent. In this webinar you will learn:
-7 fundamentals to successful volunteer coordination throughout the volunteer life cycle
-A key best practice for attracting high-quality volunteers
-A key to onboarding that will convert newcomers to reliable supporters
-A key to inspiring better staff-volunteer relations and teamwork
-A key to acknowledging volunteers that keeps them coming back
Family & Professional Caregiver Workshops
Home Instead Senior Care
Location: Family Education Training Centre (13B Fairway Drive – in Westbrook mall near 119 St. & 37 Ave.)
Seniors, family members, health care professionals and caregivers are welcome to attend these caregiver workshops. Topics for June include:
-Alzheimer's Family Caregiver
-Returning Home: Transitional Care
-Parkinson’s Disease Family Training 
Pre-register at least three business days in advance by calling:
Home Instead – West Edmonton: 780-439-9990
Home Instead – East Edmonton: 780-465-5373
5 Steps to Creating an Influencer-Driven Campaign
Nonprofit Hub
July 12, 11:30 a.m. (Eastern)
Influencers hold power. When people share ideas on social media and people respond, that’s influence. When influence is organized, that’s an influencer-driven campaign. While everyone has some influence, the key is to understand which of your existing supporters have the MOST social currency. Who are the folks you should spend your limited time cultivating so you can persuade and inspire more powerfully? During this webinar, learn why leveraging the social power of your network is a game changer and the five steps to incorporating social influencers into your next campaign.
Gaming Information for Charitable Groups (GAIN)
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Upcoming sessions: July 6 or July 20, August 1, 15 or 24
GAIN provides essential information to groups that conduct, or want to conduct, charitable gaming activities like bingos, casinos, pull ticket sales or raffles. Session information provides an overview of charitable gaming events and details on the following:
-Legislation, regulation, and policies
-Eligibility for gaming licensing Licensing application process
-Conducting a gaming event
-Use of proceeds
-Financial reporting requirements
2017 Grey Matters Conference
September 11-13
Hinton, Alberta
$250 until July 31, $325 from August 1 -September 1
Registrations are being accepted for Grey Matters 2017. The conference features:
-An interesting and diverse line-up of concurrent sessions
-Keynote address by Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark
-Plenary address by Dr. Dave Hepburn and Dr. Robert Sealey, radio hosts of WISE QUACKS
-Poster sessions
-Trade show
-Creative ideas to get everyone moving during lunch breaks
-Networking opportunities