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Introducing Andy Chen – Program Coordinator

Andy joined our organization in May 2021.  If you take one of our online classes then you have met Andy Chen!  From hosting the online classes, to providing free zoom training, Andy has become the online guru here at our centre.

Andy, tell us a little bit about yourself

Hello everyone, my name is Andy Chen. I moved to Canada when I was 19 years old. I finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics.

What do you like most about working here at the centre?

I worked in an analytical lab for 2 years, I then decided to change my career path by accepting the offer of the Online Administrator position from Westend Seniors Activity Centre. It was a huge change for me because I used to work in an environment with chemicals and analytical instruments.

The administration job is totally different for me as I need to engage with people!! I realized I really enjoy working in this environment because I am meeting new people all the time and I really enjoy getting to know everyone! I especially love to help members with the technical problems they have as I always feel really happy and content after I help our members solve the technical difficulties!

When you first starting working here, what was one of the things that surprised you the most?
I was really surprised the centre offers so many different classes to the members. There are fitness classes with different focus and intensities, there are so many yoga classes, and they are all very popular. The art classes and lifelong learning classes are interesting as well, we have so many talented members who can do acrylics, paint and speak French or Spanish. I’m impressed by the members because they keep doing exercises and learning new things.

Any advice for someone who has never tried one of our online classes?
Online classes are great and flexible. Just imagine, you can still do exercise and yoga at home with our awesome instructors and no need to worry about the bad weather, icy roads and terrible traffic. Meanwhile, ZOOM, which is the software we used for virtual classes, is quite easy to use. We have prepared the guide and video for showing you have to use ZOOM step by step. You can also book the free ZOOM training session with us. You will love the online classes once you try them.


Make sure to watch our upcoming issues of The Chronicle as we will continue to feature our staff members here at the centre! And remember to say “Hi” and introduce yourselves to them too!

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