News for Agency Staff 

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

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
Volunteer Screening Program
Volunteer Alberta’s Volunteer Screening Program (VSP) provides funding to eligible nonprofit organizations to support Vulnerable Sector Checks and organizational development in the area of volunteer screening. To be eligible, nonprofit organizations must serve/work with vulnerable populations and must engage volunteers in positions of trust or authority with vulnerable populations.
April 30, 2017 is the deadline for two components of the VSP:
Volunteer Screening Development Grant
The grant provides $2000 to support the development of effective volunteer screening processes, policies, and procedures.
Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver
The fee waiver helps to alleviate costs associated with Vulnerable Sector Checks and is available to organizations operating in communities where a service fee is required. Organizations that have an old VOAN (Voluntary Organization Authorization Number) are required to update their existing profile with Volunteer Alberta prior to April 30, 2017 in order to receive a new Volunteer Screening Program Number (VSPN). A (VSPN) provides access to a fee waiver for approved volunteer positions requiring Vulnerable Sector Checks.
2017 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards
The Minister’s Seniors Service Awards recognize outstanding Albertans of any age who volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of seniors. Alberta Seniors and Housing is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 awards in three categories:
-Individual (any age)
-Alice Modin Award (65 years or older who has provided 20 years or more of volunteer service) new this year
All nominees will be recognized at community celebrations to be held across Alberta during the summer. The Minister will select up to eight award recipients to be honoured at a special ceremony in the fall of 2017. The nomination deadline is May 19, 2017.
New Horizons for Seniors Program Info Sessions
In anticipation of the 2017 New Horizons for Seniors Program Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is hosting information and grant writing sessions to help with the preparation of applications. There are two sessions scheduled for Edmonton and several teleconferences. RSVP to 1-844-836-8127 or by email to with your name, contact information, and the session of your choice.
Edmonton Volunteer Fair
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO)
April 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
West Edmonton Mall Centre Stage
$35 ECVO member/FCSS organization; $50 non-member
Registration is now open to reserve a table for your organization at ECVO’s annual Volunteer Fair. The Edmonton Volunteer Fair is an opportunity to not only raise awareness of your organization but to recruit new volunteers as well. Last year, over 2500 potential volunteers introduced themselves to organizations and researched new opportunities to volunteer. This year's Volunteer Fair will kick-off National Volunteer Week which takes place from April 23 - 29. What better way to set the stage for your Volunteer Week activities than profiling your organization and recruiting new volunteers?
Seniors Centres of the Future Report
The Seniors Centres of the Future Report has been released by the City of Edmonton.
2017 Laurel Awards
The Laurel Awards, established by Duncan Craig LLP, recognize nonprofit organizations that further their objectives through exceptional creativity and innovation. Monetary awards range from $500 to $5,000. Review the eligibility criteria and submit an application by May 31, 2017.