About Us

ACCES was registered in 2001 as a non-profit, and approved by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a charitable organization in 2021. Since our creation, we’ve served the community of Edmonton with a variety of both recreational and educational programs aimed to uphold and exchange the traditional Chinese culture and its language. ACCES demonstrates its commitment to inclusivity by ensuring that all of our programs are available and accessible to all cultural and lingual backgrounds. Since our official designation as a charitable organization, we’ve hosted 120 separate classes and programs , and plan to greatly expand that number in the coming year.

Round Table Talk on Education with
Minister of Education among Chinese Community

Our Mission

To advance education by operating a Heritage language school focused on teaching heritage culture, languages, and community traditions;   

To advance education by providing its training, workshops, and seminars on interdisciplinary;            

To relieve poverty by eliminating barriers to accessing recreational sports for low-income families and marginalized population.

Our Values

  • Respect and inclusiveness; 
  • Partnership and collaboration;  
  • Equity and integrity;                      
  • Dignity for all;                                     
  • The preservation of heritage; 
  • Countability and Responsibility;
  • The promotion of multiculturalism.

Our Vision

To inspire member success through high quality learning and discovery opportunities, supported by meaningful engagement and collaboration from educators, families, staff, volunteers, and the community.

Principal Messages

2023 ACCES Brochure

Parent Testimonies

ACCES Chinese School:

  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Public Speaking in Chinese
  • HSK​
  • Calligraphy
  • “XunGen” Summer Camps
  • Year-end Celebration
  • Heritage Events

Beyond Language & Culture Education:

  • English Reading & Writing
  • Learn to Code
  • Enrich Math
  • Debate & Speech Club
  • Public Speaking Class
  • Young Engineering
  • Youth Science Explorer
  • Technology for Yong Leaders

Alberta Heritage Language School

Funded and Accredited School by Alberta Education 

  • Chinese (Mandarin) Language and Culture 10-6Y
  • Chinese (Mandarin) Language and Culture 20-6Y
  • Chinese (Mandarin) Language and Culture 30-6Y
  • Chinese (Cantonese) Language and Culture 15-6Y
  • Chinese (Cantonese) Language and Culture 25-6Y
  • Chinese (Cantonese) Language and Culture 35-6Y
  • Chinese AP
  • “XunGen” Summer Camp
  • Calligraphy
  • HSK

Workshops, Sports & Activities

  • Cross-Culture Parenting
  • Mental Health Sessions: Talk with my Teenagers 
  • ACCES Summer Soccer
  • PD Day Activities
  • Knowing the City Better Activities
  • Family Skiing Field Trips
  • ACCES Basketball Sessions
  • Women In Motion – Swim Against Stream
  • Family In Motion – Hot Yoga
  • Computer Training Sessions for staff and volunteers
  • Volunteer Appreciation Events
  • New Year’s Gala
  • School Year Celebration
  • Antiracism Youth Workshops
  • Toastmaster Youth Leadership Program
  • Peer Tutoring

Meet our Board

David Gu

Co-Founder of the Society, a volunteer at ACCES for 22 years, and the first acting Principal of our ACCES Chinese School. Works with his wife, 1985's Olympic Fencing Gold Medalist JuJie Luan, to promote multiculturalism and strengthen ties within the Chinese community since moving to Canada.

Jon Wynn
Vice President

Currently a volunteer Firefighter, and an exemplary contributor for Edmonton's Chinese communities for over 30 years. His dedication and commitment as a volunteer truly demonstrates what a volunteer means to a community.

Randy Milner

Randy Milner

  • Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting Major at University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Stating with ACCES as a Volunteer in March 2022
  • Joined the Boards as the Treasurer since June 2022
  • The key member in the application for the Alberta Heritage Language School
  • Participated in several grants application

Zoey Zhang
Executive Secretary

Xiaozhou Zhang is a registered provisional psychologist in Alberta. She holds a PHD in Education(Educational Psychology) fromUniversity of Alberta, and has 2 years research experience working in early learning educator's professional development. She has years of volunteer experience in diverse non-profit organizations (e.g., Shine Clinic, Zigen foundation and Postdoctoral association in UA).

Maggie Ma
Development Director

Ming Ma, graduated in 1993,majoring in PetroleumProcessing. Worked 17years in the refinery and oil sands industries, and 5 years as an office worker in the industrial field. Former ACCES Treasurer between October 2017 and February 2021.

Cathy Sun
Special Event Director/
Casino Chairperson

Holds a PHD in Law, currently pursuing a career in Water Treatment Engineering. Volunteer with ACCES since 2019 in the Summer Soccer Activities.

Jet Yu
Director of Sports

More than 10 years in HSE/OHS related work: Education background in Maritime Safety Management; Has been engaged in volunteer work for youth sports (hockey, soccer, etc.) since 2017.

Xiaou Ou Wang

Sherry Wang
Director of Volunteers

Ms. Wang has been dedicated to the promotion of Chinese language and culture for the past more than 15 years. She has been teaching Chinese Classes at Edmonton Public School Board for more than 16 years.

Our Teachers

Our Teachers/Instructors are professional Teachers that have taught at higher level and for various successful schools. They are highly qualified practitioners and therefore they are better positioned to teach our methodology.​

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