Professional Development for the Senior-Serving Sector

May 2018
Understanding the Link between Age-Friendly and Compassionate Communities
Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program
May 31, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
A Compassionate Community is one where: local health policies recognize compassion as an ethical imperative; sectors work together to meet the special needs of the aged, those living with life-threatening illnesses, and with loss; a strong commitment to social and cultural differences enables access to wider variety of supportive experiences, interactions, and communication; and all people have easy access to grief and holistic or palliative care services. During this webinar, participants will:
-Learn how to a start Compassionate Community movement in their community
-Gain insights as to how Compassionate Community approaches can complement Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly initiatives
-Discuss opportunities for collective action
The Whys and Ways of Assertiveness at Work
Charity Village
May 31, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Do you occasionally (or often) feel held back in your career because you haven't appropriately asserted yourself? Whether you have an outgoing or a shy disposition, there are skills you can develop to help you more effectively and authentically express yourself in a variety of work and life situations. This webinar will offer an introduction to developing those skills.
Nonprofit Management On-Demand Videos
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Explore these on-demand video learning resources featuring some of the best content from SSIR’s Nonprofit Management Institute 2017:
-The Giving Code
-Leading During Turbulent Times
-Community Engagement Matters
-Collective Impact with a Justice-Minded Approach
Sessions are valid until June 15, 2018.
JUNE 2018
Wine & Wisdom
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
June 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Almanac (10351 82 Avenue)
Edmonton area Executive Directors, join your fellow leaders for a night of insightful conversation, savoury wine and delicious appetizers. Wine & Wisdom is your chance to regularly connect with fellow Executive Directors to exchange insights and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector.
Bus Route Redesign Info Session for Seniors
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
June 4, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
No charge
The change to the bus routes affects thousands of Edmontonians and is deeply impactful for people who rely on ETS. The City of Edmonton has numerous information sessions throughout Edmonton. This free session is so that they can hear from YOU specifically as a member of the older adult/senior population. Learn about the project's drafted plans, share perspectives, and bring attention to details and facts involving commutes in your neighbourhoods. Free parking. Refreshments available. Call 780-496-7369 or 311 to register so CLSA knows how many folks to expect. Register using barcode #639114.
Bus Route Redesign: Community Conversation
Edmonton Local Immigration Partnership (ELIP) and City of Edmonton
June 5, 5 p.m.
Green & Gold Room, Commonwealth Recreation Centre (11000 Stadium Road)
Newcomers, organizations, and anyone interested in the City of Edmonton Bus Route Redesign can attend this information and conversation space. This is an opportunity to learn about the project’s drafted plans, share perspectives, and bring attention to details and facts involving commutes and your neighborhoods. Organizers are interested in hearing from multiple voices from the community. Snacks will be provided. Register online
Senior Centers 2018
NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers
June 5-8 Charleston, South Carolina
NCOA's National Institute of Senior Centers and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Service Providers offers the only national senior center conference in the United States. The conference features a keynote speech by author Elizabeth White, workshops on trends and best practices, tours of nationally accredited senior centers, and networking opportunities. 
ICCER Networking Event: Keeping Seniors Safe
Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research
June 6, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
NorQuest College Singhmar Centre for Learning (10215 108 Street)
Free for ICCER members / $50 for non-members
Representatives from Age Friendly Edmonton, the Edmonton Community Paramedic Program, and Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF) Society will share how they work towards improving the safety of seniors in our communities, including those in care, and how we can use this knowledge in everyday practice.
This networking event is suitable for all levels of staff, as well as family members. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with the speakers, as well as collaborate with one another in small and large group discussions.
Putting Your Values to Work
Charity Village
June 7, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Do you sometimes get caught up in day-to-day tasks and forget why you are really doing your work? This webinar will help you better understand your values and how they relate to more purposeful work.
Start a Monthly Donor Program NOW. 7 Reasons why you can’t afford to wait!
June 12, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
If you’re unsure about monthly donors, this webinar will answer the questions you, your boss or board may still have about the value of adding a monthly donor program to your revenue stream. You will learn:
-The impact monthly donors have on your donor retention rates
-How few constituents you need to get started
-How little time it takes to organize the program
-How easy it is to set up a system for your organization
-Where monthly donors fit in your communication strategy
-The latest statistics on the power of monthly gifts
-Helpful plug-and-play tools to help you make the case internally to start a monthly donor program
Guide Dogs in our Community: Access and Legal Responsibilities
June 13, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: CNIB Edmonton Office (12010 Jasper Avenue)
Victoria Nolan of the CNIB Guide Dog Program will answer questions such as:
-What are your legal responsibilities for allowing access to guide dog handlers?
-What are your rights when allowing guide dog handlers access?
-What is the difference between guide dogs, service dogs and therapy/emotional support animals?
-Do puppy raisers and their puppies have the same rights as guide dog handlers and their guide dogs?
This session will be broadcast from Calgary and people in Edmonton can attend at the CNIB Edmonton office. To RSVP, contact 416-357-1571 or
Alberta Association on Gerontology AGM, Awards & Symposium
June 13, 8:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Location: Ital-Canadian Seniors Association (9111110 Avenue)
$50 – $105
For their annual general meeting this year the Alberta Association on Gerontology (AAG) is adding an all-day Symposium on “Promoting Environments for Aging Well”, along with award presentations and the AAG Edmonton Chapter Silent Auction. The focus of the event is:
-Understanding the impact of technology change, autonomous vehicles, the transportation needs and urban design effects on older adults
-Emerging policy issues from these presentations
-Recognizing the accomplishments of individuals training for and working in the fields of gerontology and the care of older persons
The registration deadline is June 8.
How to Make a Thank You Video that Delights Donors and Gets Them to Give Again
June 14, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Thank you videos are a simple and powerful way to communicate appreciation to your donors and demonstrate the impact of their gifts. You don't need to be a videographer or have special storytelling skills to create a simple and powerful thank you video. This webinar will give you the step-by-step guide to creating donor thank you videos that both inspire, delight, and communicate gratitude. The webinar will also show you examples of other small and medium-size nonprofits who have created effective thank you videos with minimal resources and very little experience. Simple and authentic thank you videos are now standard practice.
Taking Charge: New models for Aging in Place, Designed by Seniors, for Seniors
Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program
June 14, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Taking Charge: New models for Aging in Place, Designed by Seniors, for Seniors, is a research-through-storytelling project aimed at uncovering grassroots models of seniors’ supportive living that are emerging across Canada and the United States. It employs a lead user approach to explore initiatives that address the issues of aging in place and senior social isolation, and presents a distillation of key insights and emergent principles extracted from ethnographic site visits. In this webinar you will hear four case studies:
-Seniors cohousing
-Naturally occurring retirement communities with supportive service program (NORC-SSP)
-Virtual villages
Each case study includes audio documentaries of user experiences, and photographic documentation of community life. A resource package will be provided to participants following the webinar.
Creating Visually Exciting Grant Proposals
June 14, 12-1:30 p.m.
$49 early bird by June 7
Every grant writer tries to sell their organization’s mission, approach, and results to a new or existing funder. Using simple, straightforward language to make your point, demonstrate effective team leadership, and share program results is necessary but can be boring. How can you create an exciting grant proposal that stands out from all the others using the same approach? Adding photos, videos, and stories helps your readers visualize your impact, the community you serve, and how you are changing lives. In this webinar, learn how to give your proposal (and your organization) the personal touch and genuineness it deserves.
DIY Fundraising: How to Train Your Supporters to Do the Fundraising for You!
June 14, 11 a.m. or June 20, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Tired of pouring tons of staff salary into big fundraising events? What if you could get your supporters to do the fundraising for you? In this webinar, you will learn how to empower your supporters to raise that money for you. Some may think of the Ice Bucket Challenge when they think of Do It Yourself (DIY) fundraisers, but the possibilities are endless. DIY fundraisers include iron chef competitions, a Thriller dance flash mob, home parties, talent shows, social media challenges, block parties, poetry competitions, and more. There is a DIY Fundraiser for every organization.
 AUGUST 2018
IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing
International Federation on Ageing
August 8-10, 2018
Toronto, Ontario
Plan to attend this international conference held in our own country. The conference will explore four key themes aligned directly with the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan: Combating Ageism, Enabling Functional Ability, Addressing Inequalities, and Toward Healthy Ageing. In association with the conference, Master Classes are offered on August 7. Participants can learn and engage with experts about some of the key challenges in the field of ageing.
2018 Grey Matters Conference
Alberta Seniors and Housing and the Alberta Association of Seniors Centres
September 24-26, 2018 in Calgary
The Grey Matters Conference offers provincial service providers opportunities to network, gain knowledge and increase awareness of issues, supports and services for seniors. Conference delegates will hear from dynamic speakers and learn about best practices, emerging issues and trends that enhance seniors well-being. This year's conference theme is OUR COMMUNITY GATHERS: Listening, Learning and Leading and will focus on supporting seniors to age well.
Archived Webinar Series: Establishing Age-Friendly Environments
International Federation on Ageing and World Health Organization
Age-friendly environments is a global emerging trend attracting the interest of all levels of governments, industry, NGOs and academia. In 2017 and 2018 the IFA and WHO presented a series of six webinars on trends and themes relating to age-friendly communities and environments.
Webinar 1: Establishing Age-Friendly Environments
Webinar 2: WHO Core Indicators of Age-Friendliness
Webinar 3: Making communities work for the most vulnerable: What can age-friendly learn from the dementia-friendly movement?
Webinar 4: Aging2.0: Improving experiences for older people through technology and innovation
Webinar 5: Rural and Remote Age-friendly Communities
Webinar 6: Engaging Planners as Livable Community Allies