News for Agency Staff 

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

Physical Activity Resources
The Alberta Centre for Active Living has a searchable collection of almost 900 resources related to physical activity and sedentary behaviour on their website. These include research findings, program information, articles, websites, policy documents, and fact sheets published by ACAL as well as other organizations. Topics include active outdoors, active transportation, built environment, Indigenous peoples, mental health, older adults, physical activity counselling, rural environments, walking/pedometers, workplaces, and more.
Schizophrenia Presentations
The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta’s Community Education Program offers a free 1 hour or 1.5-hour presentation that offers lived-experience perspectives on serious mental health issues. Every presentation offers current facts about schizophrenia and similar disorders, the impact of psychosis, and personal stories to show the journey through illness and into recovery. Presenters will come to your location in the daytime or evening. If you have questions or would like to book a presentation contact Tanya Behm at or 780-452-4661.
Age Friendly Edmonton Public Engagement Feedback
In the spring of 2017 Age Friendly Edmonton (AFE) hired a consultant to engage the public and stakeholders in a conversation about AFE and identify ideas for how to continue the age-friendly movement in Edmonton. Seven sessions were held throughout the city that were well attended and provided the team with a wealth of information. A What We Heard report that summarizes the dialogue and suggestions for next steps and gives the City and community direction to continue making Edmonton age friendly is now available.
Vital Signs Grant
The Edmonton Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Vital Signs Grant which supports initiatives designed to increase the sense of belonging to community.
Priority will be given to projects serving people with a high risk of social isolation as identified in the report (those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality.
Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative. Charities can only receive one grant per calendar year. Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiatives. Examples of initiatives that might be supported include events, pilots or prototypes, initiatives that may help marginalized communities be more engaged with existing programming, and organizational or community learning opportunities.
The first deadline is January 15, 2018 for initiatives after March 1, 2018. Future deadlines include June 15, 2018 for initiatives after August 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018 for initiatives after November 1, 2018. For more information contact ECF’s Grants Team at or by phone at 780-426-0015.
Employment Standards Information
The Employment Standards Tool Kit for Employers covers the basics of employment standards laws and offers an in-depth look on how to apply the standards to your workplace.
Employment Standards Guides help employers and their staff better understand the basics of Employment Standards. You can request print copies through the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 1-877-427-3131.
Intergenerational Innovation Fund
Community groups can access funding for intergenerational projects through the Age Friendly Edmonton Intergenerational Innovation Fund Grant. The maximum grant amount is $5,000, but if your group is requesting more you can discuss the request with Diana O'Donoghue at diana.o' Project proposals will be reviewed by committee, therefore not all projects may be funded. November 20 is the submission deadline.
GivingTuesday Resources
This year GivingTuesday, a movement for giving and volunteering, is November 28. Many nonprofits use GivingTuesday to launch fundraising campaigns. If your organization is considering taking part this year, the following resources will be helpful:
The GivingTuesday Intro to Social Media
6 Super Simple Social Media campaigns for GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday Campaign Ideas Kit
Business Support for GivingTuesday