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.
Screening: The Basics
Information and Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County
November 22, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Chamber of Commerce Boardroom (100 Ordze Avenue, Sherwood Park)
Screening is especially important for organizations that work with vulnerable people such as children, people with disabilities and senior adults. A constable from the Strathcona County RCMP will talk about Criminal Records Checks and Vulnerable Sector Checks and Information. The Volunteer Centre will share resources including a comprehensive updated screening resource from Volunteer Alberta. Everyone is welcome. To register call Susan at 780-464-4242 or email
Envisioning Ageing in Place
National Institute on Ageing
November 23
Location: Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
The conference features expert panel discussions addressing a variety of issues that affect ageing in place, including transportation, age-friendly communities, housing design and more. Review the program agenda and register online.
THINK TANK Conversations: Managing the staff and volunteer relationship
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
November 23, 9-11 a.m.
ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre, 8330 82 Ave.)
Managing the staff and volunteer relationship can be tricky. Those who manage and coordinate volunteers are encouraged to participate in this Think Tank to discuss their role in managing this important relationship. This will be an opportunity to talk with your peers about how to inspire positive staff and volunteer relationships and increase volunteer engagement at your organization.
Finding Meaning in the Numbers: How to Make Data-Informed Decisions Across Your Organization
TechSoup Canada
November 24, 2017 10 a.m. (Mountain)
Does your nonprofit track vital data but lack the time and resources to make sense of it? Participate in this webinar to learn how to create a reasonable and manageable data strategy, and how to foster a culture of data-informed decision making across your entire organization. You will learn how to:
-harness the potential of business intelligence and Big Data
-create and implement an integrated data strategy
-overcome institutional resistance and foster a culture of data-informed decision making
-use dashboards to gain insight into a variety of data sources
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes
November 30, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This webinar will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.
What do winter, bathrooms, and hearing loss have in common?
November 30, 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Join in this discussion on technological testing and research related to winter footwear, slips and falls, and the effect of sensory impairment on fall risk. Learn more about research taking place at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network (TRI-UHN) on these risks for falls in older adults.
Navigator for Professionals and Health Providers
Caregivers Alberta
Dec. 4 (one-day workshop)
Fulton Place School (10310 56 Street)
Caregivers Alberta has published the dates of their Fall 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 brochure for more information. To register, contact 780-453-5088 or
The Nonprofit Social Media Success Toolkit
Tuesdays, December 5-19 and January 9-23
As social media grows more ubiquitous, audiences grow more sophisticated, and simply maintaining a presence is no longer enough. For your nonprofit to succeed on social media, you need to plan strategically, post thoughtfully, and think holistically across all your platforms. This online course will teach you how to do just that. Participants will:
-Explore how social media can help develop and grow their brands
-Consider their audience and think through strategies for motivating them to take action
-Learn how social media tools can work with other communications channels to reinforce and amplify messages
-Begin creating a social media policy for their organizations
-Review ways to approach fundraising on social
-Discover tools and data techniques to measure social media success
-Begin designing a written social media strategy
Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers
December 7, 2 – 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Integrating skills-based volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. 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. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.
Digital Life Hacks: Solid SEO
December 7, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Search engine optimization (SEO) can determine how easy it is for your audience to find you online. A good SEO strategy should help drive serious traffic to your website. This webinar will highlight the importance of SEO and share hacks to incorporate it into your larger digital strategy.
The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits
December 12, 10:30 a.m. (Eastern)
This webinar shares collective wisdom gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have become thought leaders in their community. Discover:
-3 keys to becoming a thought leader
-Who should blog? It’s not who you’d expect
-7 components of the best nonprofit blogs
-Tips to optimize your blog’s effectiveness
-4 ways to promote your blog
Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement
December 14, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers – leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.
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.
 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.