News for Agency Staff 

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

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.
Edmonton's Halls of Fame and Awards of Distinction
The City of Edmonton's Halls of Fame and Awards of Distinction awards recognize and honour Edmonton's most outstanding citizens who, through their contributions in arts and culture, community service, and sports, or through extraordinary service to their communities have made exemplary contributions to the quality of life in Edmonton. Nonprofit organizations and teams are eligible, although groups of more than four people are eligible for Awards of Distinction only. The nomination deadline is February 16.
Inclusive environment for LGBT seniors
The Edmonton Seniors Centre (ESC) has undertaken a new initiative to create a more inclusive environment for LGBT seniors. ESC is working with community agencies to provide LGBT specific resources and services, providing diversity training for their staff, adjusting their application/membership forms to be gender inclusive, and reviewing their discrimination policies to ensure their agency is up to date with their commitment to inclusion. An LGBT support group for seniors who want to discuss common issues, experiences and ideas to support one another is also being planned. The group will be facilitated by Centre Manager, Stephen Quinn who is a Registered Social Worker.
Stephen was recently interviewed by CBC Radio about the LGBT initiative. For more information, contact Stephen at 780-342-8625.
Province Announces Energy Efficiency Audit Program For Nonprofits
The Government of Alberta’s Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Program will provide grants to help nonprofit and volunteer groups conduct audits to determine the efficiency of their lighting, heating, cooling and hot water systems. Equipped with audit information, organizations can then apply for the Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Rebate Program, which offers incentives for the purchase and installation of high-efficiency products.
The programs will be administered by Energy Efficiency Alberta and are expected to be available this spring. Organizations looking for more information can email
Sage Awards
Do you know an outstanding senior in your community? Nominate a senior for a Sage Award in one of the following categories: Arts & Culture, Community Building, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Public & Non-Profit, Science & Technology, Social Justice & Peace, Sport & Leisure, or Transportation.
Nominations are open now and close February 20. More information is available in the nomination booklet and poster.
Nominees and award recipients will be honoured at the 11th Annual Sage Awards Luncheon to be held on May 10. For more information, phone 780-701-9017 or email
Alberta Canada 150 Grant
Culture and Tourism’s Community Initiatives Program
On July 1, 2017, Canada will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada 150 presents a unique opportunity for Albertans to join in the national celebration as Canadians recognize this national milestone and anticipate our future together. 
Nonprofit organizations can apply for a maximum of $25,000 per project with a $150 cash match. The first intake to accept applications will be January 15, 2017, and the final intake will be October 15, 2017. The monthly application deadline will be the 15th of each month from January through October 2017. The Alberta Canada 150 grant is intended to support projects with a lasting impact. Although celebratory events will not be eligible for funding support through the Alberta Canada 150 stream, they may be eligible through CIP Project Based. The grant will support projects that align with the four themes for the federal Canada 150 approach:
-Diversity and inclusion, and the building of common interests and relationships;
-Supporting efforts toward reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians;
-Engaging and inspiring youth to carry forward the legacy of Canada 150; and
-Connecting Canadians with nature and raising environmental stewardship to the level of national consciousness. 
The Community Initiative Program website includes more details such as fact sheet, FAQ document and application.
Canada's Volunteer Awards
Canada’s Volunteer Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individual volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and businesses across the country in helping communities. Learn how you can nominate an individual or organization by reviewing eligibility criteria and nomination guidelines.
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?
Edmonton’s seniors’ population has grown
The 2016 Edmonton Census results were recently released and show that the number of seniors in Edmonton is increasing. In 2016, Edmontonians age 55+ made up 26.7 per cent of Edmonton’s population compared to 24.4 per cent in 2014. On the Edmonton Census website you can access the complete 2016 Summary of Results; a comparison of census results from 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016; and results by ward and by neighbourhood.