Posted on: November 3, 2019

Dear Members,
A few exciting things to update you:



On October 1st, Westend Seniors Activity Centre (WSAC) was recognized with the 2019 Minister’s Seniors Service Award. It’s important to note that WSAC is one of the only two organizations among over 50 nominations province wide that received this prestigious award. On October 23, our MLA Mr. Jon Carson praised highly our Centre’s contribution to Edmonton at the Legislature meeting: “West Edmonton is incredibly lucky to have such an important community hub like WSAC….. I would like to thank [the Centre] for making West Edmonton the best place to live for seniors and families alike.” I’m so proud to be a part of this great organization’s progress and success and believe you will feel the same.


In line with our Centre’s branding and fundraising strategies, WSAC is now selling t-shirts that come with three beautiful colors and also have a very unique, active and positive message “Keeping active never grows old”
You may notice that we encourage our members and their families to “buy 3 and receive 1 free”, and I heard people saying they don’t really need four t-shirts. The intention behind that message is actually to encourage you to call three of your friends/families and get the t-shirts together. Not only you will get an instant discount ($5), but also imagine when you and three of your friends/families are wearing the t-shirts together, how fun, how cool, how amazing it that!


Many of you have attended and enjoyed very much the September Korean Tasty Travel event and the October Drive Happiness event that featured Chinese culture, now it is time to celebrate our Christmas dinners. One of the traditional dinners is Mavie’s Mitten Tree event, which started in 1998 and is our annual intergenerational celebration where heartfelt knitted items are given to children, Cross Cancer, wards at hospitals and Armed Forces. Our amazing event founder Mavie just celebrated her 97th birthday and is continuously making knitted items for the Centre. For this year’s event, I would like to celebrate this amazing event with multicultural and intergenerational entertainments, so make sure to secure your tickets as early as possible.


During our September informal meeting among the Board, members and staff, some great ideas were raised and one of them was to utilize a numeric system for identifying programs in our guide. I am happy to report the idea has been in the works behind the scenes in our Program Department! Our Program Coordinator, Shelley Kulak, has met with our accountant, Kathy Dicks, to determine the best course of action to numerically identify the courses to be consistent with the codes for finance. The new system will be in place for the Spring and Summer Program Guide. With the system, you will be better able to find the exact course you are looking for when registering online and in person. We hope that the system will increase accuracy and efficiency with the registration process. As always, we look forward to hearing more of your great ideas in the future – thanks for sharing!


We also heard your concerns and frustrations about the on-line registration system, our staff team has been working diligently with the marketing company to develop a new system to address this issue. However, this process involves consulting, designing, developing, and testing. Therefore, we anticipate that this new system will also be in place for the Spring and Summer Program Guide. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Dr. Haidong Liang
Executive Director
Westend Seniors Activity Centre

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