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Thursday, May 24, 2018

TRAIN the TRAINER EDMONTON > June 26 to 29, 2018 |

TRAIN the TRAINER EDMONTON – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTJoin us for RentSmart Educator in Edmonton from June 26 to 29, 2018. Our purpose is to provide education/support to tenants & landlords with the goal of Successful TenanciesSuccessful Tenancies are key to housing stability, prevention of homelessness and strong communities. 

RentSmart Educator is a 4-day professional development course that covers: Best practices in housing stability & homelessness prevention; Adult education and facilitation best practices; Prevention of homelessness and increasing housing stability; Curriculum for RentSmart and RentReady; Engaging landlords; Measuring impact; Conditions for successful delivery of RentSmart model. By the end of the workshop, trainees will be ready to organize & deliver the RentSmart model as a Community Educator. 

Community Partners and Educators receive the following benefits: License to deliver a program proven to help youth, individuals and families achieve housing stability; Regularly updated curriculum focused on building the knowledge, skills and confidence to help people find and keep their housing; Connection to a growing network of community partners; Bi-monthly Community Educator newsletters and webinars; Staff support to organize and host your first RentSmart course; Regularly updated data that can be shared with funders and community; Part of a growing movement for the prevention of homelessness.

For more information & pricing call Katie MacDonald at: 780.420.6161 ext. 652 or Ready to Rent at 250.388.7171 | You can also register online here: http://www.readytorentbc.org/train-the-trainer/

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BOARD RECRUITING | ECALA Edmonton | Spring 2018 |

BOARD RECRUITING | ECALA is looking for new board members > Make a difference: work with a friendly, inclusive/diverse team + gain professional experience. Use your valuable skill sets to help advance governance, structures, and processes which will support ECALA's expansion & growth. The Organization: Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA) is a granting council which provides funding to non-profit agencies to support the delivery of adult foundational learning & literacy initiatives which are non-credit & part-time. We promote the value of lifelong learning, adult foundational learning & literacy through our vision “Everyone can learn”. 

Values/Guiding Principles: ECALA is responsive to emerging issues – ECALA develops capacity in agencies – ECALA advocates for lifelong learning that helps learners succeed – ECALA supports innovation – ECALA builds awareness of learning opportunities – ECALA works collaboratively – ECALA reduces barriers to learners.

Desired Skills: Specific skills in the following areas are required: board governance and experience in an executive role on a board; finance and accounting, legal, community engagement and human resource management. We value diversity on our Board, and welcome applications from individuals that reflect Edmonton’s diversity. | 

Qualifications: Leadership, management or professional background in finance, accounting, legal, HR, community engagement & communications; Experience with non-profit Board governance and funding is an asset, or an interest to grow experience in this area; Ability and commitment to fulfil the time commitment and responsibilities of the role; Motivated and inclusive team player able to work in a diverse team. | 

Other Requirements: Commitment to a 2-Year term starting September 2018. Selected candidates will be invited to attend monthly Board meetings leading up to the 2018 AGM when they will stand for election. A time commitment of up to 10 hours a month is expected to attend one board meeting and one committee meeting each month, including prep time for meetings. Police record check & references are required.

TO APPLY | Please submit your CV, covering letter + 2 references saved as one file, by June 8, 2018. Online applications are preferred to: nominations@ecala.org | In your covering letter we invite you to describe your abilities & experience in your volunteerism and/or work life that would support the Vision, Mission, and Values of ECALA. > For more information visit: www.ecala.org

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | 211 Info. & Referral Specialist |

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | CMHA-ER www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca | Position: 211 Information and Referral Specialist | Terms: Permanent Full Time Position | Salary Range: $41,061.00 - $55,654.00 annually | Closing Date: June 6, 2018 > About: 211 is an accredited 24 hour information & referral line that connects people to resources in their community. Information and Referral Specialists are part of a team that answers the 211 Information and Referral Line, the Family Violence Information and Bullying Help Line, Seniors Information Phone Line & Triages calls for the 24/7 Crisis Diversion Team. The incumbent should be organized, warm, welcoming and, courteous; non-judgemental with strong verbal and written communication skills.

Responsibilities: Responding to callers on the 211 line, Seniors Information Phone Line, Family Violence Information Line and Bulling Helpline, determining client needs and providing information on appropriate community resources, securing opportunities for follow-up when appropriate • Triage of 24/ Crisis Diversion Team calls • Clear and accurate communication of information/referrals from the dBase to callers • Providing assistance & liaison between service providers/callers, where appropriate; actively participating in linking callers to needed services • Documenting & maintaining relevant statistics • Participating in follow-up with callers • Responding to online chat services for the Family Violence Information Line, Bullying Helpline and 211.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in the human services field preferred • Knowledge or experience in crisis intervention, domestic violence, suicide assessment and intervention and/or mental health is an asset • Experience working in a call centre environment is an asset • Above average keyboarding skills with the ability to type 65 wpm • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including superior phone and email etiquette • Background and interest in the non-profit human services sector • Ability to work independently & as a team member • Ability to maintain good public relations and provide excellent customer service with the public/community agencies • Strong knowledge of MS Word & MS Excel • Successful Completion of Distress Line Listener Training • Successful attainment and maintenance of Certified Information and Referral Specialist designation or willingness to work towards the designation.

TO APPLY | Submit CV/covering letter in confidence to: hr@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca

Thursday, May 17, 2018

INDIGENOUS WAYS & COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS | Spring 2018

SHARING INDIGENOUS WAYS of KNOWING through COMMUNITY CONVERSATION | A Time for Community Engagement & Learning | May 24th & 25th 2018 

à Edmonton Intercultural Centre, 9538– 107 Avenue. 
To register contact: 780.415.5520 | E: info@ecala.org

Thursday May 24th 2018
7:30-8:30 am | Pipe Ceremony
8:30 am to 3:30 pm. | Workshops

Friday May 25th 2018
8:30 am to 2:30 pm. | Workshops
2:30 to 3:30 pm. | Sharing Circle

Food, beverages and prizes included. Protocol requires that women wear skirts that fall up to the ankle and past the knee during traditional ceremonies. Workshops are free but registration is required. The Workshop will explore topics related to: Best Practices & Protocols from Indigenous perspectives; Indigenous worldview – Pan-Indigenous vs. Indigenous Worldview; Stories from residential schools and the 60’s scoop and Purpose & Significance of the sharing circle & talking tools. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Brought to you by the Indigenous Community Connections Advisory Committee & Sponsored by ECALA www.ecala.org and the Creating Hope Society of Alberta http://creatinghopesociety.ca

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | Program & Initiatives Coordinator |

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY | Information and Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County | Position: Program and Initiatives Coordinator | Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta | Salary Range:  $38,000 to $44,000/year | Application Deadline: May 14, 2018 | Abstract: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program and Initiatives Coordinator is responsible for the planning, development and delivery of professional development, networking events and other resources for those who work & volunteer in nonprofit/community organizations, and for connecting residents & the business community to volunteer opportunities. Visit our Website for details: http://www.ivcstrathcona.org

Responsibilities: Plan, develop, promote/deliver professional development training; Develop, promote & facilitate coordination of networking events for community organizations; Assist in developing new ideas and initiatives; Work with sponsors/funders to ensure reporting in accordance with agreements; Administer volunteer promotion opportunity and referral program, including dBase maintenance & promotion; Follow trends and conduct research as required; Monthly Digital Newsletter development and delivery to registered organizations; Lead the delivery of National Volunteer Week and other initiatives; Assist business community to facilitate their Days of Giving with community organizations.

Education Requirement: Minimum undergraduate degree in related discipline or three years’ experience in a non-profit environment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. | Required Experience: Volunteer program management or coordination/volunteer experience; Knowledge of Strathcona County community organizations. | Skills Requirement: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; Ability to nurture and maintain relationships; Strong interpersonal skills, as well as public presentation skills; Creative problem solving skills; Review projects and opportunities from a risk management perspective to ensure success; Flexibility to positively consider new initiatives and direction; Strong computer skills, website experience and social media. | Work Environment: Full-time (35) hours; Weekday office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with one hour for lunch) and very occasional weekends and evenings; Out of office meetings; Occasional projects and events will require light lifting due to set up and tear down. 

| TO APPLY: Submit CV/Cover Letter in confidence to: info@ivcstrathcona.org

Friday, April 27, 2018

BOARD RECRUITING 2018 | Candora Society of Edmonton |

BOARD RECRUITING 2018 | The Candora Society of Edmonton is seeking Volunteer Board members interested in supporting the organization, at the board level & in partnership with community members. The Candora Society is a community-based organization in N.E. Edmonton www.candorasociety.com that works together with community residents to effect positive change in their lives and the community. The organization has a long history of grass-roots community development that is built upon a participatory learning approach & relationship based practice to help affect positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities. | Vision Statement: Candora is a positive ongoing presence where individuals, participants and staff have the skills and resources they need to build self-sufficient and prosperous lives in a healthy community.

Key Responsibilities of our Governance Board: Hiring the Executive Director, to operate the Society; Regulating employees’ duties/setting their salaries; Making policies for managing and operating the Society; Approving an annual budget for the Society; Approving contracts for the society; Making policies, rules, and regulations for operating the Society and using its facilities and assets; Ensuring that the Society assets  and property are maintained and protected; Ensuring all expenses for operation and managing the Society are paid; Ensuring that any extra monies are invested; Ensuring that the operations of the Society are financed; Ensuring that all accounts and financial records of the Society are maintained; Appointing legal counsel as necessary; Without limiting the general responsibilities of the Board, delegating its powers and duties to the Executive Director of the Society. | Term: 2 Years | Commitment: 9 (monthly) meetings per year & AGM. | 

TO APPLY > All those interested in serving (or) seeking more information can contact in confidence The Candora Society's Board Chair, Cynthia Johnson at: gcjohnson@telusplanet.net by June 3, 2018.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Building EMPATHY - Conquering APATHY | May 14-15, 2018 |

Building EMPATHY – Conquering APATHY | Symposium | Edmonton, May 14-15, 2018 | Surviving to Thriving > Mental illness has been avoided many times and in many contexts. But this is changing, as there is stronger evidence good mental health has a wide range of economic, social, and personal benefits. | Keynote Speaker: Wendey Edey, well-known as “The Hope Lady” | Tickets: $35 (students/seniors) - $70 (regular/adults) | Available at: www.eventbrite.ca - BECA 2018 |

Welcome to Building Empathy Conquering Apathy (BECA) 2018, convened by Canadians for a Civil Society. This is our third annual gathering to explore and strengthen common cause and common ground to bolster human dignity and shared values within our communities. In 2018 BECA is addressing the mental health and emotional well-being of some of the most vulnerable among us: refugees, seniors, indigenous Canadians – adolescents and youth. We invite everyone’s participation to address this theme, in a setting that is collaborative, collegial, and designed to encourage learning from one another.

·       On May 14th, Canadians for a Civil Society are pleased to cordially invite you to a reception at the City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill, Edmonton , AB) on the evening from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm before the symposium opens on May 15th.The event will take place in the main foyer.  This reception will bring together community leaders in an intimate gathering to share ideas.  We hope we will have the honour to have you join us.

·       On May 15th, the symposium will take place at MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre (10910 104 Ave, Edmonton, AB) from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and will address the mental health and emotional well-being of the most vulnerable aforementioned, and where you are also cordially invited.

Sponsored by: CANADIANS for a Civil Society
For further information, visit: www.ccsorg.ca