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
April and May
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
Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers
Volunteer Match
April 20, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Pacific)
If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this webinar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. You'll learn:
-What pro bono and skilled volunteering is
-How to get started, including building support for your program, developing pro bono/skilled projects, finding the right talent, and managing for success
-Tips and tricks for working with corporations
-Know where to go to get resources and help
Innovative programs for teaching technology, health promotion and environmental stewardship
International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
April 20, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Extend the reach of your active-aging philosophy and programs by following the examples of ICAA Innovator Award winners. In this webinar, discover what occurred, hear the lessons learned, and find out about funding sources, success factors and outcomes.
-Find out how the Techy Teens--Savvy Seniors program engaged teens and older adults on technology adventures.
-Hear how a broad use of traditional and social media delivered a citywide Healthy Aging Campaign.
-Learn about the results when staff, residents and vendors embraced the Energy Use and Conservation Plan to create an extensive environmental program.
Healthy Outcomes for Canadian Seniors: Not a Cost Curve to be Bent
The Conference Board of Canada
April 20, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
If we want to increase the healthy years of life, we first need to change the conversation about our aging population. We focus on costs related to health care and paint a picture of frailty and dependence for the masses that is not always supported by evidence. Our view and subsequent messaging will impact on whether people expect good health in later years or believe certain outcomes of frailty are inevitable. Many of the stereotypes that exist about seniors are not supported by the facts. While it is true that the proportion of seniors is increasing, the degree to which society will be “transformed” may be exaggerated. We need to look at how much “confirmation bias” is affecting the language we use to describe issues related to seniors and aging. This webinar will focus on debunking some of the myths about seniors and highlight some of the policy challenges facing all levels of governments to ensure that incentives align with desired outcomes.
Effective Intercultural Practice Workshop
April 25, 9 a.m. –  4 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, 11000 Stadium Road
$40 for REACH members; $55 for non-members
This interactive workshop is intended to examine the concept of culture, the effect culture has in one's personal and professional life, as well as the role biases and power can play in our interactions with others. Participants will explore:
-What culture is and how our own cultural lens influences our work
-Differences between immigrant and refugee status and the economic and social experiences of refugees in Edmonton
-Power and privilege and its impact on relationships
-Opportunities to practice intercultural skills in small groups with community leaders (Somali, Sudanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Spanish speaking, South Asian and Cambodian)
Top Seven Fundraising Tips
Nonprofit Hub
April 26, 12:30 p.m. (Eastern)
You dream of a strong, vibrant community and have a sense of how to make it real. But how can you rally the funds you need to connect your vision to action? This webinar will provide concrete tips and tools for individual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, and online campaigns, plus point you in the right direction for more information.
The Easy Button for Cloud
TechSoup Canada
April 26, 10 – 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Learn which cloud solutions your non-profit can leverage and how the cloud can increase efficiency, collaboration, and cut down capital expenditure costs. In this webinar, you will learn about: What cloud computing can do for non-profits Cloud security and privacy (including Microsoft ExpressRoute) Cloud computing performance and flexibility Options for cloud migration
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.
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)
Thiswebinar 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
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.
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.