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

Be part of the Age Friendly Edmonton Leadership Table
Are you passionate about issues that affect Edmonton’s aging population? Do you consider yourself a changemaker in your community? Join the Age Friendly Edmonton Leadership Table and help shape the work of Age Friendly Edmonton.
Members of the Leadership Table will help direct the work of Age Friendly Edmonton to reflect the needs of older adults and the community at large.
Key responsibilities may include:
-Advising on strategic planning processes in four priority areas: Ageism, Aging in Place, Intergenerational Connection, and Diversity
-Responding to emerging trends and opportunities in the seniors sector
-Engaging with evaluation tools and monitoring program outcomes
-Raising the profile of AFE as a ‘face’ of the initiative
-Leading, influencing, connecting, and mobilizing
The Leadership Table will meet quarterly, with an inaugural meeting planned for September 2018. If you are interested in learning more, send an email to agefriendly@edmonton.ca with a brief expression of interest before August 15, 2018.
Anti-Racism Community Grant
The new Anti-Racism Community Grant Program supports initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on Albertans. The program is open to eligible non-profit organizations, First Nations or Métis Settlements and post-secondary institutions and is meant to foster cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding in communities across the province.
Eligible community organizations can apply for up to $25,000 in matching funding. An applicant’s matching funding may be in the form of cash, donated labour, donated materials and services, or a combination. Up to $5,000 in non-matching funding may be available for eligible organizations. The grant will be divided into two streams: a general community stream and a stream directed at supporting anti-racism projects and initiatives that affect Alberta’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
The application intake deadlines for 2018-19 are:
Intake 1 – Aug. 1
Intake 2 – Nov. 1
Intake 3 – Jan. 1
Study – A day in the life: How do older Canadians spend their time?
Understanding the factors associated with how seniors use their time can help service providers develop long-term strategies to meet their needs. A recent study released by Statistics Canada examines how seniors spend their time and compares the information with results from 1986.
Free Human Resources Help
Community Engaged Learning at MacEwan’s School of Business is a project-based teaching-learning strategy that connects classroom theory to challenges experienced in the “real world”. MacEwan is looking for community partners with at least one of the following human resources challenges to participate in this project:
-succession plan for key leadership roles or an aging talent pool
-need to overhaul an existing human resources policy or a build a human resources policy from scratch
r-eview of existing compensation strategy and it's alignment to organization/business outcomes and/or comparison to industry standards and recommendations or design a new compensation strategy
Community partners will visit campus three times throughout the term to present to the class or meet with teams. Projects are tied to a student’s overall course mark and must be completed within a 2-month time period, and must be managed around varying student schedules. Community partners are asked to ensure timely transfer of information and firm commitment to scheduled meetings to support project success.
Register for this opportunity online. Contact Gillian Kemp, Experiential Learning Facilitator at MacEwan University if you have questions at kempg3@macewan.ca or 780-633-3046.
Help managing organizational change
Is your agency going through organizational change? MacEwan School of Business has an opportunity to work with teams of business students to help you manage change in your organization. They are looking for two types of Organizational Change Projects:
1) a business/organization that is going through a significant change: merger, acquisition or amalgamation or perhaps the addition or elimination of a division/program that requires a re-jig of the majority of the remaining parts of the organization and is looking for a plan to implement the change. OR
2) a business/organization which needs help focused on the Human Resources aspects of a change (review of reporting lines, job descriptions, creating new roles etc.)
Participating organizations will get reports from the student teams including such things as new org charts, reporting lines, internal and external communication strategies, recommendations on how to handle “resisters” within the organization, etc. Projects must be completed within a 2-month period, and must be managed around varying student schedules.
For more information contact Gillian Kemp at kempg3@macewan.ca or 780-633-3046. Complete the online form to submit your request to participate.
Stars of Alberta Awards
Honour people making a difference in their communities by nominating them for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards. The awards recognize the exemplary service of volunteers whose contributions have made a lasting impact on their communities and the lives of their fellow Albertans.
Six awards will be presented: two in each category of youth, adult and senior at a December 5 awards ceremony to be held during celebrations marking International Volunteer Day.
Submit nominations online or download the nomination form at alberta.ca/stars-awards. The deadline for nominations is September 21.
Employee Onboarding
Effectively onboarding new employees has many benefits including better job performance, engagement and retention. Vantage Point’s podcast and on-boarding checklist can support leaders in this task.
Report on Health and Aging in Canada
The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) has released a baseline report on health and aging in Canada based on the data collected from 50,000 Canadians aged 45-85 from 2010 to 2015. Topics covered in the report include retirement, loneliness/social isolation, caregiving and care receiving, health, lifestyle and behaviour, transportation and mobility, and lesbian, gay and bisexual aging. The report is a starting point to measure the determinants of health and wellness of older Canadians and is expected to guide the development of policies and programs to support healthy aging.