News for Staff and Volunteers of Seniors Organizations
Provincial government policies and funding impact how seniors’ issues such as transportation, home supports, and social isolation are addressed in the community.
Are you prepared to ask candidates in the upcoming provincial election what their plans are to ensure seniors’ issues are addressed? The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council’s Seniors’ Issues Primer provides background on key issues affecting seniors to help you ask informed questions.
If you’re looking for additional election resources, check out the list of helpful tools compiled by the Alberta Nonprofit Network.
Book a GeriActors & Friends performance
The GeriActors & Friends produce original plays that focus on aging rather than age and celebrate our commonalities. Ranging in age from 24 to 88 years old, the GeriActors are seniors from Edmonton and area and the Friends are students and alumni from the University of Alberta.
GeriActors & Friends has developed new plays that explore what it means to be a senior in Edmonton, which they are performing during their Spring Tour from May to June. If you are interested in booking a performance this spring, or anytime in the future, contact Becca Barrington at 780-248-1556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Edmonton Volunteer Fair
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
April 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
West Edmonton Mall, Centre Stage
$50 ECVO members; $75 non-members
The Edmonton Volunteer Fair is an opportunity to raise awareness for your organization and recruit new volunteers to use their passion and skills to impact community. Book a spot for your non-profit and connect with hundreds of volunteer hopefuls at the 10th annual Edmonton Volunteer Fair.
Improving social inclusion for Edmonton seniors
On January 21, ESCC submitted a concept proposal for a project to increase the social inclusion of seniors in Edmonton to the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) for Pan-Canadian projects. We hope to receive an invitation to submit a fully-developed proposal later this spring, with implementation of approved projects to begin later this summer.
Our proposal will include projects and ideas from organizations in Edmonton which want to collaborate to increase social inclusion for seniors. If we are invited to submit a proposal, we will have a very short window of opportunity to receive community-based collaborative proposals for activities that will align with NHSP objectives and our Collective Impact Plan. We are encouraging potential partners to start work now on outlining projects and making connections.
Our Next Steps document outlines our call for Edmonton communities to brainstorm ways of engaging seniors and breaking down barriers to inclusion that are faced by many vulnerable groups. We are looking to support and build on existing knowledge, experience, and networks; and to create new relationships and partnerships that will lead to greater sustainable capacity, engagement, and social inclusion of seniors. Please share the document widely and use it to stimulate and facilitate conversations that will lead to more great work in Edmonton.
Contact Tim Henderson at email@example.com to learn more about how you can get involved.
Opportunity to host an ageism workshop
Ageism: The ism within... and without
Is ageism a harmful social problem? What do you think? To many researchers, ageism is possibly the most insidious of all the isms. We may unknowingly or unwittingly denigrate others because of their age and, worst of all, we may denigrate ourselves for our oldness. Does ageism have stereotypes and if it does, what are they? Can health be improved and life extended with a more positive outlook toward ageing? Can we learn to respond more effectively when we encounter ageism? Your thoughts on this ism will make for a fascinating discussion.
This workshop is 90 minutes in length and is offered free of charge to participants. If your organization is interested in hosting a workshop, contact Mary Whale of the Age Friendly Edmonton Ageism Hub for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-905-9880.
Free LCD projector and chairs
Edmonton Meals on Wheels has an older-model Viewsonic PJ358 LCD projector and 20 stackable chairs they are interested in giving to a non-profit senior serving organization. If you’re interested, email Liz.Tondu@mealsonwheelsedmonton.org.