Posted on: October 1, 2019

Dear Members,

I would like to share with you some exciting data regarding our membership growth. As of September 24, the number of our Centre’s membership has surpassed the 2,000 mark, making us one of the largest senior centres in Alberta. Since January 1, 2017 (when our Centre started the marketing campaign), WSAC recorded 1,381 new members who have joined our WeSeniors family.

On the other hand, this growth also has posed a huge challenge to our administrative team, especially when we only have the resources to add one new part-time staff to the team this year. In order to better serve you, I decided to implement the following Morning Front Door Opening Procedure:

Morning Front Door Opening Procedure

1) The Front Door will not be opened until 8:30am. However, certain members (e.g., members who are taking DATs) may arrive earlier than 8:30am. In this case, we will let them get in and wait at the front lobby area. During the Winter Season, we will NEVER leave any seniors waiting outside of the Front Door.

2) At 8:30am, the Front Door will be unlocked. However, the reception sliding gate and the hallway sliding gate will not be unlocked until 8:45am. The front lobby, the Harry Farmer Room, main washrooms, the Community Cafe, the Gym and the Kitchen will be opened to instructors, volunteers, and members.

The rationale behind this change is because our members’ safety is our top priority. Due to the size of the building, there are numerous areas (e.g., fitness room, workshop, the independent washrooms) where someone could fall or get hurt and staff will not be aware. As I mentioned above, we have limited staff and we are all busy setting up the Centre for the day. Also, I would like to take this opportunity to friendly remind you that the rules for utilizing the fitness room, workshop and craft room require more than one person present at the same time.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Haidong Liang, PhD; MA; Bachelor of Recreation Management & Community Development
Executive Director
Westend Seniors Activity Centre
Q: Why do I study Gerontology and love working for seniors?
A: Because I receive the gift of wisdom without doing much research!

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