Professional Development for the Senior-Serving Sector

ESCC AGM with panel discussion Social Connection in a Fragmented World
April 28, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Ital-Canadian Seniors Centre (9111 110 Avenue)
Parking is available west of the building, east of the building in the Commonwealth Stadium parking lot and on the street.
We would like to invite our members, partners and supporters to join us as we look at the work of the past year and provide updates on our current projects. There will also be opportunities to network and make new connections so we hope you can join us.
Social Connection in a Fragmented World 
We are pleased to welcome City of Edmonton Councillor Scott McKeen and Michael Phair as our guest speakers. The issue of urban isolation prompted Councillor McKeen to launch a Council initiative aimed at raising awareness of the value of connection to a supportive community as a way to address stress, depression, loneliness and isolation. Michael Phair has been championing isolation reduction in the LGBTQ seniors’ community for several years. This work has focused on creating a supportive community which is inclusive and welcoming. Join us as these two gentlemen reflect on where they see promise in reduction of isolation and what that means for Edmonton seniors.
RSVP by April 21 using the online registration page, or by calling Katie at 780-428-3660 or by emailing
Navigator for Professionals and Health Providers
Caregivers Alberta
Jan. 30, Feb. 8, March 8, April 5 or May 12 (one-day workshop)
Fulton Place School (10310 56 Street)
Caregivers Alberta has released/published the dates of their Winter 2017 Navigator workshops. Navigator trains health professionals, service providers and community agency staff to better support caregivers by showing how to identify caregivers early in their journey, support caregivers to adopt self-care practices and facilitate caregivers' access to programs/resources and referrals. Review the poster for more information. To register, contact 780-453-5088 or
Gaming Information for Charitable Groups
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC)
A number of sessions are scheduled from January to March
The Gaming Information for Charitable Groups (GAIN) program gives volunteers an understanding of the responsibilities and requirements of a gaming licence and accountability regarding proceeds. The three-hour session covers:
-Legislation, regulation, and policies
-Eligibility for gaming licensing
-Licensing application process
-Conducting a gaming event
-Use of proceeds
-Financial reporting requirements
Review the workshop schedule and call 1-866-307-7499 or 780-447-7499 for more information.
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 April and May include:
-Hospice Family Caregiver Training
-Heart Attack & Stroke Education
-Community Infection Prevention & Control
-Assisting Client with Arthritis
-Patient & Doctor Communication
-Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver
-Improving Communication with Aging Parents
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
A Self-Care Starter Kit: An Essential Survival Tool for Helping Professionals
May 5, 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (11000 Stadium Rd.)
$35 for REACH members; $45 for non-members
Working with individuals, families and communities in any capacity is rewarding work for all types of service providers, however, supporting survivors of trauma, violence and abuse comes with a host of challenges that can deplete internal resources of those in the front-line caring professions. This workshop will provide an overview of compassion satisfaction and fatigue and vicarious traumatization and burnout. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and share self-care strategies within a holistic framework.
2017 Physical Activity Forum
Alberta Centre for Active Living
May 8, 9 a.m. – noon
There are many messages about physical activity, exercise, and fitness. Yet, the multiple, and sometimes conflicting, messages influence people’s thoughts and behaviours, even when they are not thought about very much. The emotional nature of automatic responses can influence decisions to be active that are quite different from more reasoned and thoughtful responses.
The topic for the 2017 Physical Activity Forum is “Don't Overthink It! Promoting physical activity in a busy media environment”. Dr. Tanya Berry, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity Promotion, will give an overview of how messages about physical activity might have an influence at both automatic and reasoned levels, and what effective messages might look like.
Becoming a Networked Nonprofit: Digital Strategies to Enhance Your Online Presence
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
May 10, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Fantasy Land Hotel
Networked Nonprofits and the people who lead them are taking advantage of social media’s ability to facilitate and expand their impact by connecting, building, and establishing trust with people in their networks. This way of operating goes beyond simply using tools like Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat and requires a networked mindset where openness and authenticity are essential. This interactive workshop, featuring Beth Kanter, will explore how nonprofits can embrace the best practices of a “networked nonprofit,” avoiding some of the pitfalls and challenges.
Organizations also have many questions about how to make the best use of social media to advance their work, especially with limited time and resources. Participants will learn how to create a digital strategy for social media, using the best practices for engagement, content, and champions.
How To Create A Successful Capital Campaign
May 11, 1 p.m. (Mountain) or May 17, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Does your organization need to raise funds to remodel your office or to purchase equipment for your program? Do you feel like you don’t know where to start with a capital campaign? Do you and your staff lack the experience to start a campaign? In this webinar you will learn how to:
-recruit the best capital campaign team
-create campaign goals and the gift range chart
-create a donor recognition plan
-create a realistic campaign timetable
-account for and report on campaign gifts
10 Signs Your NGO Excels Social Media
Nonprofit Tech for Good
May 16, 10 a.m. (Pacific)
This webinar will illuminate ten signs that your social media strategy is current and best positioned to inspire donors and supporters to give and take action on your organization’s behalf. The webinar will feature real-time examples of organizations that are:
-Effectively posting content and hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
-Using graphics, images, and video to successfully increase engagement on social media.
-Inspiring their donors to give as a result of using social media.
-Consistently integrating social media into their email communications strategy.
-Formatting online news and blog content to maximize effective storytelling and calls-to-action. c
Top Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities
Canadian Charity Law Association
May 17, 12 – 1 p.m. (Eastern)
This webinar will cover some of the top CRA concerns for Canadian registered charities including:
-T3010 annual charity information return and their accuracy
-Official donation receipts
-Staying within a charity’s legal objects
-Fundraising regulation and CRA’s Guidance on Fundraising
-Dealing with Non-Qualified Donees such as Canadian non-profits that are not registered charities and foreign charities
Charitable Receipting Do's and Don'ts
Charity Village
May 25, 10 a.m. (Pacific)
According to the Canada Revenue Agency, 89 per cent of registered charities that are audited are not correctly issuing official donation receipts. Issuing incorrect receipts can result in revocation or penalties and it is easier to do it right than to fix problems afterwards. This introductory-level webinar will cover:
-Top receipting mistakes
-Review of information required on official charitable tax receipts
-Use of computer generated and email receipts
-Problems, abuses and consequences of improper receipts
Geriatric Medicine 2017: Wellness & Dignity Throughout Conference
May 27
Location: Lister Conference Centre, Edmonton
$131.25 (prior to April 15); $210 (after April 15)
All physicians, residents, nursing and other allied health professionals interested in geriatrics are invited to attend. The diverse program includes sessions on caring for caregivers, quality of life in long-term care, medical assistance in dying, promoting active aging for frail seniors, and much more. The early bird registration deadline is April 15. View program information and register.
Senior Centers 2017: Fostering Well-Centered Aging
National Institute of Senior Centers
June 13-16
Held near Chicago, Illinois
This American conference for senior centre professionals features a wide variety of workshops and seminars on the latest trends and best practices in the senior centre field, exhibits, and tours of two NISC Nationally Accredited senior centres.
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.
2017 Grey Matters Conference
September 11-13
Hinton, Alberta
The conference offers provincial seniors service providers opportunities to network, gain knowledge and increase awareness of issues, supports and services for seniors.