Posted on: November 27, 2019

Dear Members,

Holiday season is just around the corner. As usual, I will share some positive, good news with you.

 

MAVIE – Walker, Volunteer, and Founder of the Mavie’s Mitten Tree

Nominated by our Centre’s Walker Group, Mavie, our famous 97 year young Walker, Volunteer, and Founder of the Mavie’s Mitten Tree, has been selected as the Global TV Edmonton MVP, which recognizes people who are committed to sports and the community. The interview happened on Tuesday, November 26 when the Walking Group was doing their regular walk and will be on Global Sports next Tuesday evening (December 3rd) at 6pm and Global News at 11pm. Congratulations to Mavie for this well-deserved recognition! Also, kudos to all the walkers who are demonstrating our Centre’s spirit – Keeping Active Never Grows Old!

 

 

FACILITY UPDATES

You may also have noticed the new changes in our facility:

  • a renovated Community Cafe corner with new couches, a table, and bookshelves;
  • a dimmer control for the Yoga Room; and
  • lighting upgrade for the Library.

I would also like to inform you that in order to increase the number of spaces available to our members, WSAC staff (except certain staff who have special needs) have opted to park their vehicles on the street. The staff parking signs will be removed very soon. Our WSAC staff team is working diligently to make this organization a welcoming and comfortable place for our seniors. For the upcoming 2020, we expect to see more positive changes for the facility.

 

HOLIDAY HOURS

Our Centre has gained its reputation in reducing seniors social isolation and promoting connection. This year, WSAC Board and the Administration have decided to open our Centre on the following days:

  • Tuesday, December 24 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm;
  • Monday, December 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm;
  • Tuesday, December 31 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Please note that during those days, WSAC’s lunch program will not be open; however, our Program and Outreach departments have prepared interactive activities and heartwarming support to the people who come to our Centre during those days.

 

SNOW REMOVAL

I would also like to update you about our Centre’s new snow removal initiative. The Board and the Administration have decided to allocate our resources to clean our sidewalks and parking lot as prompt as possible. In order not to interfere with local residents’ daily life and our Centre’s evening and weekend rentals, the Centre will usually clean the snow on Friday evening. Again, because each time, calling the contractor to clean the snow and sand the property with rock chips will cost over $900, we will try to use their service when encountering heavy snowfalls and freezing rain. In addition, I encourage you to participate in our Centre’s physical activities to improve your strength and balance, which will significantly reduce the risk of falling and injury.

 

Q & A: We received members’ feedback through comment box and would answer them here:

QUESTION: Why was signage removed from bathrooms in the card game area?

ANSWER: In an effort to ensure that every community member utilizing space at WSAC has the washroom space that they require, we removed the signage to facilitate the creation of  gender neutral washrooms. Such action speaks to our mission to be an inclusive hub, for all seniors.

QUESTION: To save money, could WSAC remove the extension phone lines in the library, games room, craft room or cafe? The phones aren’t being used!
ANSWER: Our paging system requires the lines to be distributed through the building and is used often for day to day communications as well as in the event of an emergency; thus, the lines cannot be removed. Thank you for the suggestion on saving money as we always look to improve our fiscal policies!

QUESTION: Why do we have so many handicapped parking stalls? It seems excessive for an ACTIVE senior centre.
ANSWER: As a seniors’ community hub, we want to encourage the attendance of seniors of all abilities. There are many community members that require mobility devices in order to remain active and we want to ensure that they have what they need to participate at our centre. This would include having a place to park that would allow for them to utilize their mobility device, such as a walker, cane or wheelchair.

 

RESEARCH UPDATE

Third-year nursing students from MacEwan University are conducting research on caregivers here at WSAC and would like your feedback.

  • This will be done through a survey that will be available both online through SurveyMonkey and at the center.
  • The goal of the survey is to gather more information about your experiences as a caregiver.
  • Ultimately, this information will be used to create programs at WSAC which will empower members to advocate for themselves and their loved one.
  • The information they gather will be for research purposes only, and your personal information will be protected.
  • The survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete.
  • The paper copy and online survey will be available from December 1st to December 31st. The students thank you for your participation.
Dr. Haidong Liang
Executive Director
Westend Seniors Activity Centre

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