We have adopted the following Bill of Rights as a means of keeping our donors rights in the forefront of our thinking.
The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.
The Donor Bill of Rights:
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Ontario dog first in Canada to test positive for COVID-19, but researcher says there are likely more
For seniors with dogs, please be aware that there are now issues with your dog getting and passing the virus on.
Have a look at this article from the CBC: Click here to read more.
Family Caregiver Wellness Virtual Event
Join NorQuest College and Caregivers Alberta on November 17th & 18th for a free virtual event for family caregivers and associated organizations! Now, more than ever, family caregivers are in need of support to care for their loved ones. The Family Caregiver Wellness Virtual Event will share educational and community resources that will help them on their caregiving journey. Activities will include a keynote from Dr. Jasneet Parmar, a Vendor Showcase, a look at new assistive technologies, and caregiver focused workshops from NorQuest College and Caregivers Alberta.
Date: November 17th & 18th (Join us for one day or both!)
Time: November 17 (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM) & November 18 (8:15 AM - 12:15 PM)
Learn more & register: bit.ly/familycaregiverwellness
As many of you know, on any given Thursday lunch time, you can find a dozen developmentally challenged seniors from the Winnifred Stewart Association playing games, eating lunch, and yelling out the occasional "Bingo" at the Edmonton Seniors Centre. These seniors are part of the Edmonton Seniors Centre family and our hearts go out to them as they grieve the loss of one of their most vigorous Association members and advocates, Joes Moss.
Story Catcher – Claire Ethier
By Madeleine Keroack
I was making my way to the Edmonton Seniors Centre, walking and thinking about writing. I had been given the go ahead to write “stories. ” Each to be based on the lives of members. I was anxious to get started.
I was mentally composing, practicing how I could offer a complete and meaningful written picture in a format sized for the ESC Newsletter. I wanted to practice with someone who would not only challenge my writing skills but also my sensitivity. The person who came first to mind was Claire Ethier.
Our Seniors Centre, ESC, is located in the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre. Unfortunately, the EGCCC is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Eighty-two people are infected, and five have died. Our hearts go out to the residents, friends, family and health care professionals who are working with this challenge. The people at the EGCCC are our clients, friends and neighbours whom we care deeply about. For more information, please see this news article from CTV news.
Many of you have expressed your concern for the future of ESC because we have not been able to open in a way that is safe for our attendees. Thank you for your thoughtful and kind emails. Thank you to those who donated to us during this difficult time. While our wish is that we could open, because we know all of you trust us to act in a way that protects you from exposure to this deadly virus, and because we are located in a continuing care centre, we have not opened our physical doors, but we continue to open our minds and hearts to new ways of connecting with you, being there for you when you need is though the internet and telephone.
We get your phone messages and we return those calls as soon as we can. 780-425-8625 and we read emails and will contact you. Office@edmontonseniorscentre.ca.
We are hoping for a vaccine that will allow us all to gather again. In the meantime, we are utilizing Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. to connect you with each other. Please, help us continue to be there for you by signing up for classes, and participating in programs, like Wellness Wednesdays. exercise, peer support, etc.