Learning Opportunities for the Seniors Sector
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council: Annual General Meeting
April 29, 1 – 3 p.m.
Ital-Canadian Seniors Drop in Centre (9111 110 Avenue)
Parking is available in the lot west of the centre. Overflow parking is available in the Commonwealth Stadium Parking Lot.
Closed captioning will be available.
Keynote Address: Social Isolation of Indigenous Seniors
The Edmonton Social Planning Council undertook a research study with Indigenous seniors and service providers to explore social isolation. We welcome Sandra Ngo of the Edmonton Social Planning Council and Carola Cunningham of the research study advisory committee to discuss how Indigenous seniors experience isolation in Edmonton and the challenges, barriers, and opportunities to providing services that respect and engage Indigenous seniors.
Start MOBILE-izing Your Base: Learn How to Get Started with SMS
April 25, 1 – 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Mobile may be the best direct response tool to engage and reach donors, supporters, volunteers, and voters, and to motivate them to take action. With response rates four times higher than email, more and more nonprofits are beginning to integrate mobile into their digital programs.
But it’s hard to know which of the many available digital platforms is best for your nonprofit. Should you use a peer-to-peer platform, or a broadcast platform? Depending on your resources, audience, and goals, maybe you should be using both? How can you best integrate mobile (SMS) into your existing digital programs for advocacy, fundraising, education, and cultivation?
This webinar will discuss how mobile (SMS) can be used effectively by your organization.
How to Use Mobile Messaging to Grow Your Nonprofit and Boost Fundraising
Nonprofit Tech for Good
May 7, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
With 96 per cent of all Americans owning mobile devices, and 81 per cent of U.S. adults owning smartphones, it’s imperative that nonprofits adapt to meet donors where they are and how they communicate. This webinar will delve into how nonprofits can harness the power of mobile messaging in order to better engage their audience and raise more money for their cause.
How Do We Build Inclusive Communities?
May 9, 1- 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Loneliness and polarization are two growing threats to our society. Although these problems are different from one another, one solution is to build inclusive community and that the best place to do that is where we live. This webinar will share some tips and stories about making our neighbourhoods places where everyone feels included and connected across the differences that tend to divide and isolate so many of us.
Telling Your Story Through Blogs, Photos and Videos
May 9, 1 – 2 p.m. (Eastern)
How do you convey the great work your organization is doing with blogs, photos and videos? These tools are powerful ways to share the difference you’re making in the world. This webinar will cover the principles of good storytelling, look at examples and research about what’s working for nonprofits, and then discuss the tools that can help you put them online.
Assessing Intercultural Competence
May 9, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Intercultural competence is the capability to accurately understand and adapt behaviour to cultural differences and commonality. Today’s professionals — across all sectors — need to be interculturally competent. At the end of this webinar, participants will understand what intercultural competence is, how it can affect an organization, and how to use assessments to achieve cultural competence and inclusion goals.
Organizational Evolution: Managing Change When There Are Humans Involved
May 9, 2- 3 p.m. (Eastern)
It's often very easy to recognize when an organization needs to change, but it's a lot harder to make it happen. Legacy staff and volunteers, “we've always done it this way” perspectives, and plain old inertia can put many frustrating road blocks in your way. There are ways, however, for the persistent and patient to guide the change process and help an organization evolve. Using real world examples, this webinar will cover the stages of organizational growth, personality archetypes you may encounter, and strategies to build momentum toward change.
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
Centre for Race and Culture
May 10 and 27, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Edmonton Intercultural Centre (9538 107 Avenue)
Diversity in the community and in our workplaces is a reality, and employers recognize the need to ensure that all employees have a common expectation for respectful workplace behaviours. All employees and supervisors contribute to respectful workplaces by taking responsibility for their own actions and their effect on others. This two-part workshop covers essential skills in recognizing behaviours that constitute workplace harassment. Participants will also be provided with the tools and knowledge to begin designing relevant policies and complaint resolution processes.
Anatomy of a Cyber Attack
May 14, 2 – 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Non-profits are being targeted by sophisticated digital attacks at an unprecedented rate. This webinar will take a close look at exactly how these attacks work from end to end: how the attackers get into your systems in the first place, what they do once they’re in, and the mess they leave in their wake. You’ll get an overview on what you need to do to clean up after an attack, and what you can do to prevent attackers from getting into your systems in the first place. The webinar will also dispel some common myths about IT security, and tell you exactly what you need to know to defend your organization against today’s threats.
How To Get Sponsors For An Event: A Step By Step Guide
May 16, 11 a.m. or May 22, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Knowing how to get sponsors for an event can be hard for many nonprofits because they haven’t learned to find them the right way. Event sponsorship is sales, not philanthropy. You have to know how and what to sell - and it’s not a mention in your gala program book. During this webinar you will learn:
- How to find your first or next event sponsor
- What event sponsors want and look for
- How to organize your event sponsorship materials
- How to structure event sponsorship levels and pricing
- How to deliver an event sponsorship pitch that seals the deal
No Ratings Performance Management: Lessons for Success
May 16, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Focused on leveraging performance through frequent meaningful discussion, no rating performance processes have a unique opportunity to succeed in the nonprofit world, where performance is commonly driven by a shared sense of purpose and focus on development, over monetary rewards.
But, even though managers and employees seem to agree that old school performance management doesn’t work, the journey to transform is easier said than done. How does an organization actually go about making the switch? This webinar will share case study examples, insights and lessons learned to determine if a no ratings process is right for your organization, and how to successfully shift to this new approach if it’s right for you.
ABCD Healthy Neighbourhoods, Healthy Cities
City of Edmonton and Tamarack Institute Vibrant Communities
$695 for a single registration; $625 per person for two people from the same collaborative; and $555 per person when three or more colleagues from the same collaborative attend together
This workshop will gather together Canada’s premier community development leaders and neighbourhood practitioners to explore the use of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and leading neighbourhood revitalizing techniques. The workshop brings together for the first time seven of the world’s top authors and practitioners in the field.
Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in one of two Masterclasses and can earn a certificate in either Asset Based Community Development or Neighbourhood Community Development.
Take Back Aging: Power, Critique, Imagination
May 28 - 31, 2019
Trent University, Peterborough, Canada
This is a joint international conference of the North American and European Networks in Aging Studies hosted by the Trent Centre for Aging & Society.
The conference invites researchers, writers, and scholars from all disciplines and at every career stage to share their diverse approaches to conventional fields of gerontology and critical aging studies. Organizers wish to encourage new insights into assumed styles of life and thought, imaginative reflections on the meanings and representations of aging, challenging perspectives from cross-cultural and global experience, and activist strategies to take back aging from those powers and practices that relegate it to the margins of social existence and citizenship.
Facilitator Training with GeriActors
June 1, 8, 15, and 16, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
$155 per person
Learn GeriActors’ playful theatre and storytelling approach in Facilitator Training. Design and deliver workshops that inspire playfulness, foster community, stimulate storytelling, and develop plays that can be shared with others. Perfect for actors, educators, healthcare providers, and recreation professionals with an interest in community-based theatre. Training will have a particular reference to seniors, but the approach can be adapted for work with any community.
At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to facilitate their own workshop, for which they will be paid, and put into practice what they have learned.
GeriActors strives to ensure programs are accessible to all, and they have a limited number of bursaries available to assist with program fees. To be considered for a bursary, submit a letter (max 250 words) indicating your interest and experience in theatre, community arts, or senior’s recreation, and how facilitator training will benefit you and/or your community. Letters can be emailed to email@example.com by May 15. Bursaries have been made possible through the support of the University of Alberta Drama Department. Preference will be given to University of Alberta students and alumni, but bursaries are available to anyone who has demonstrated an interest and ability.
Register through Eventbrite. Contact Becca Barrington at 780-248-1556 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
National Council on Aging
June 17 – 20
Age+Action is the United States’ premiere national conference focused on ensuring every person's right to age with their best possible health and economic security. Aging is changing - and the aging network must change, too. Join in a national conversation to define what it means to age well today, how to measure impact as a network, and ways to scale what works to improve the lives of millions.
The 2019 program includes:
- General sessions on Women and Aging, Public Policy, Equity and Inclusion, and a New Vision for the Aging Network
- Breakout sessions organized by tracks, including Healthy Living, Economic Security, Senior Centers, Diverse Populations, Marketing and Development, Technology, and Women and Aging
- Networking events with peers who share your passion for improving lives
Alberta Board Member Essentials
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
3 online sessions and 2 in-person sessions on August 13 and 27, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Training Room - Bonnie Doon Professional Centre
$225 ECVO members; $295 non-members
Alberta Board Member Essentials is a multi-part training program that gives new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board. The full program is five weeks and consists of three online courses and two half-day in-person sessions. Online sessions take on average three hours each and are to be completed on the student's own time.
- Part 1: Overview of the Alberta Non-profit Sector (Online Learning)
- Part 2: Board Member Fundamentals (Online Learning)
- Part 3: Working as a Sum of the Parts (In-Person Learning)
- Part 4: Understanding Financial Matters (Online Learning)
- Part 5: Strategic Board Leadership (In-Person Learning)
Registration for the program will remain open until July 23, 2019, or until filled. Students will be responsible for completing Parts 1 and 2 prior to the in-person training on August 13.
Note that ECVO is offering this session of Alberta Board Member Essentials during the day in response to requests from seniors organizations for daytime instead of evening training.
ARCHIVED or ON-DEMAND WEBINARS
Webinar Series on Combatting Ageism
In January, February, and March of this year the International Federation on Ageing hosted three webinars focusing on the topic of combatting ageism. The recordings and presentation slides are now available:
Webinar 1: Human Rights of Older Persons and Agenda 2030
Webinar 2: Combating ageism to improve access to employment
Webinar 3: Campaigning: The best way to address ageism?
Reframing the Conversation on Elder Abuse
Use the coupon code WEAAD2018 for a 100% discount (valid until June 2019)
This online course will help advocates working on the issue of elder abuse communicate more effectively. The course offers an extensive online learning experience and step-by-step guidance with video lectures, animations, quizzes, and downloadable resources--all designed to help advocates increase support for policies to address and prevent elder abuse. The course will give advocates tools to:
- Reframe elder abuse as a matter of social justice
- Explain how our current social structure fosters isolation, which allows elder abuse to go unnoticed and unchallenged
- Demonstrate how restructuring our communities, by providing access to transportation and other public services, can address and prevent elder abuse