Professional Development for the Senior-Serving Sector

Mental Health First Aid Seniors
The Government of Alberta is providing training free of charge to help build skills in recognizing and effectively responding to an emerging mental health problem or crisis. Anyone living in Alberta who is a senior, cares for or works with seniors is eligible.
Participants will learn how to:
-Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop
-Provide initial help when dealing with a mental health problem or crisis
-Guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help
-Provide strategies and resources to support both seniors and their caregivers
Review more detailed information on this training and email or phone 587-525-6088 to register. Free training is also available for those who wish to become instructors.
Instagram for Beginners: How to Get Set Up and Start Your Nonprofit Using Instagram the Right Way
January 18 at 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Instagram is growing rapidly, with one-third of online adults reporting that they use Instagram. Instagram use among small and mid-size nonprofits is increasing, but very few set up and start using their accounts properly right out of the gate. This webinar will walk you step-by-step through the steps required to create a dynamic presence on Instagram, actionable ways to grow your followers, and specific methods to get more engagement when you are just starting out.
5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits
January 18, 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Advancing technology, social enterprise and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges as we learn to navigate this new and ever-evolving landscape. This webinar will review five major trends that are shaping a new reality for nonprofits:
-Shifting demographics
-Greater interest in service
-Blurred lines between nonprofit and for-profit
-Advancing technology
-New ways to engage and collaborate
Principles-Focused Evaluation: Newest Approach to Evaluating Complex Change Efforts
Tamarack Institute
January 23, 1 – 2 p.m. (Eastern)
How can social innovators and would-be change makers ensure they are adhering to core principles and assess whether doing so is yielding desired results? Join the Tamarack Institute for an online interview with one of the world’s greatest evaluation pioneers, Michael Quinn Patton, to learn more about his latest book - Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE - focused on the principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) approach and explore its relevance and application in a range of settings from poverty reduction, homelessness and reconciliation with Indigenous communities.
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways
January 24, 2 – 3 p.m. (Eastern)
How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged.
The Last Mile - Completing Your NPO's Ascent to the Cloud
Tech Impact
January 30, 12-1 p.m. (Mountain)
Until recently, servers provided functions that common cloud systems could not replicate. Servers manage access to the network and authenticate devices and users. Cloud productivity systems and applications were mainly focused on providing access to one function such as email or CRM. Even with the systems that are now available, making the move to the cloud requires planning and expertise that many IT professionals do not have. Keeping these functions on the server is more familiar to the average IT manager even though the cloud systems offer more security often at lower costs. So how do we overcome the last mile in the process of adopting the cloud? This webinar will discuss what’s next in nonprofits’ journey to being completely cloud based.

Is Consulting Your Next Calling?
January 30, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
As the nonprofit sector moves toward increased levels of outsourcing, many nonprofit professionals consider a career in consulting. If you are thinking about consulting part-time, full-time or sometime in the future, join two veterans in this field as they guide participants through the crucial questions to ask. After this webinar you will:
-Understand and capitalize on your motivations for consulting
-Recognize the most important traits consultants possess
-Identify the four major components of a consultant’s work
-Review the five critical skills for consulting success (you already have two of them!)
-Chart your professional development steps prior to setting up shop
How to Influence People, Inspire Action, and Create Change for Your Cause: A Beginner’s Guide to Advocacy
January 31, 3 p.m. (Mountain)
Is your nonprofit’s mission connected to a specific cause or issue? Do you want to learn how to influence decision-makers and inspire action to benefit your nonprofit? Do you want to create real and lasting change? In this webinar you will learn:
What is advocacy and how it can help your small or large nonprofit organization
-How to develop an advocacy strategy
-How to engage and influence decision-makers
-How to write op-eds and letters to the editor to further your cause
-How to use social media in your advocacy campaign
-How to use useful advocacy tools and resources
-How to get the most out of your advocacy campaigns and grow your network
-How to measure success
10 Steps to Screening
Volunteer Alberta
February 6, 10-11 a.m. (Mountain)
Implementing effective screening processes in your nonprofit can be a daunting task. If you are brand new to the process of volunteer screening, this webinar is a great introductory overview. This webinar includes pre-recorded video and a live Q&A with Volunteer Alberta staff. The webinar will provide an overview of:
-Important steps in the screening process
-Planning and implementing the important steps of the hiring process
-Ways to scale these steps for your organization
How Much Should My Nonprofit Target For Reserves?
Board Source
February 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Keeping reserves for a “rainy day” is a good practice for all nonprofit institutions, but how much should your organization set aside? This webinar will focus on how to conduct a risk assessment that will help your nonprofit quantify its financial risks and opportunities and then find an appropriate reserve level.
MARCH 2018
Walk with Me 2018
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and CapitalCare Foundation
March 5-6, 2018
Niagara Falls, Ontario
$250-500; early bird registration ends Jan. 15
Walk with Me: Changing the Culture of Aging in Canada is a biennial conference that brings together older adults/residents, care partners, educators, policy makers, students and researchers from all over the country to learn with and from each other about how to enhance the journey of aging across the continuum of care and community living.
Bylaws Lab
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
Is your organization looking to update its bylaws to stay current in an evolving non-profit sector? In Spring 2018, ECVO is partnering with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to deliver an interactive Bylaws Lab with non-profits registered under the Societies Act. Representatives from Edmonton non-profits will gather for four workshops to learn best practices of updating bylaws while working through updating their own. The Lab dates are to be determined, but will likely be held in late-Q1 2018. Sign up to receive more information.
APRIL 2018
Connections Conference 2018: Thinking Differently, Together.
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
April 11
Mount Royal University, Calgary
The 2018 Connections Conference builds on CCVO's research on adaptive capacity in the nonprofit sector, and brings together professionals from Alberta's nonprofit, government, and business sectors to continue the conversation and explore new ways to work together. Hear from thought leaders who will stretch your thinking. Make valuable new connections across sectors. Be inspired to create positive change by thinking differently about how to lead, collaborate, innovate, and more
Mental Health First Aid – Seniors
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
April 14 and 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
$195 + $35 material fee
The likelihood of experiencing a mental health problem or illness in a given year increases as of age 69, and currently men aged 80 and older have the highest suicide rates in Canada. MHFA for Seniors is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, family members, caregivers, and staff in care settings to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors, and intervene early when problems first emerge. Learn 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, and guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help and resources. Call 780-497-4400 to register or to get more information.
JUNE 2018
2018 Canadian Falls Prevention Conference: Taking action together
June 11-12
St. John’s, Newfoundland
The conference brings together experts from across Canada and around the world to share clinical advances, research excellence and policy innovations in falls prevention.
 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.