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Items on this page provide information and resources beneficial to those working in the senior-serving sector.

Governing Your Seniors Organization in a Changing World: A Board-to-Board Discussion
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
March 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Bonnie Doon Hall (9240 93 Street)
Not-for-profit organizations are operating in an increasingly complex environment. As boards lead their organizations, outside demands can take organizations into less familiar territory. Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Director Russ Dahms will talk briefly about trends that boards may be experiencing and will ask for your perceptions about what this looks like in seniors agencies.
The goal of this session will be to determine if there are specific supports that you and your board colleagues would find helpful. Between ESCC and ECVO we may be able to organize further sessions tailored to meet your board governance needs.
This session is for board members of ESCC member organizations and will provide an opportunity for you to network with board members from other seniors organizations in the city. Register by February 24.
2017 Alberta Nonprofit Survey is now open
How is your nonprofit faring? The 2017 Alberta Nonprofit Survey is your chance to share your nonprofit's story of the past year. Along with questions about finances, operations, and programming, this year's survey explores the impact of climate change policy and journeys of truth and reconciliation.
The Alberta Nonprofit Survey is conducted annually by the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. It is the only source of province-wide, state-of-the-sector research that documents the ongoing experience, evolution, and health of Alberta's nonprofit and charitable sector. The final report is frequently used to help inform the decision-making of nonprofit leaders and boards, the Government of Alberta, foundations, and community stakeholders.
The survey closes March 10 and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Towards a Common Language for Seniors Housing
Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association (ASCHA)
ASCHA is working towards developing a common language for seniors housing that all Albertans understand and feel comfortable using. You can help by completing the Common Terminology Public Survey which will assess how terms used within the seniors' housing industry are understood by Albertans. They hope to identify where more education is needed, or where language needs to be changed. The information collected will help shape a new way of talking about seniors housing.
Share information with seniors about a health study
The ACCESS study being conducted by investigators at the University of Calgary is seeking 4000 more participants. The study is trying to determine the impact of providing free preventive medications and/or a personalized education program based around lifestyle modification and medication use for low income Alberta seniors with chronic health conditions.
By enrolling in the ACCESS study, participants have a 50 per cent chance of receiving free medications through their existing Seniors Blue Cross insurance coverage. Participants do not have to travel anywhere; they will not be required to change their medications, doctor, or pharmacy; and participation is free. More information about the study, including seniors’ inclusion criteria can be found at
Please help share information with seniors by using the poster and brochure. Print materials can also be ordered by calling 1-844-310-0585 or emailing
2017 Grey Matters Conference: Call for Presenters
The 2017 Grey Matters conference will be held September 11-13 in Hinton. The conference offers provincial seniors service providers opportunities to network, gain knowledge and increase awareness of issues, supports and services for seniors.
The conference planning committee invites submissions from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the conference. The committee’s vision for the conference​ is Footprints in the Foothills and will focus on the benefits of an active seniors’ community. Preference will be given to presentations using one or more of the following topics: engaging seniors in healthy life styles, Age-Friendly community development, seniors and technology, multiculturalism and diversity, mental health and wellness, seniors housing, elder abuse prevention programs, employment, different demographics within seniors, self esteem, and succession planning.
Learn more about the call for presenters and poster presentations. The deadline for submissions is March 24.
How do you help nonprofit organizations?
When a nonprofit organization finds itself in a sticky governance situation, the board will usually reach out to another nonprofit or government program for help. Currently in Alberta there is no "one-stop" referral source to point organizations to the most appropriate support for their specific problem.
The Alberta Non-Profit Governance Initiative - a partnership of nonprofit support agencies and government - is working to build a tool for supporting organizations in need. If your organization offers governance advice, resources or referrals please complete a short survey about your programs and services. The information you provide will help to develop a comprehensive referral list.
If you have questions, contact David Feldman at or 780-801-1054.
Let’s Retire Loneliness: Video about seniors isolation
The City of Edmonton Council Initiative on Urban Isolation and Mental Health has created a powerful video as part of the Hello How are you? campaign. The video focuses on isolation and loneliness among Edmonton’s older population and issues a call to action that we can retire loneliness by starting with a simple Hello, how are you?