Andy Chan

Chairman of PKAVS

Andy Chan has been nominated as a Perth Pioneer for his work in promoting inclusiveness, enhancing lives, promoting multicultural events and connecting communities in Perth and Kinross.

As a lifelong resident of Perth and as the son of Chinese parents, Andy currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Perthshire Chinese Community Association and the Chairman of PKAVS – one of Perth’s largest charities.

As a driving force in the local Chinese community, Andy promotes the association’s objectives, to advance the education and development of the Chinese community in Perthshire, to bring about improved quality of life and active participation, and to promote cultural harmony, equality and diversity among the communities in Perthshire.

His efforts in fostering integration, community cohesion and supporting equality of opportunities in accessing public information and services later led Andy to get involved with PKAVS in setting up a new hub for minorities in Perth and Kinross.

“I was first involved with PKAVS through the setup of the Minority Communities Hub… and being born in Perth I was already involved with the Chinese community based here. We are one of the longest established minority communities in Perth and Kinross and the purpose of the Minority Communities Hub is to help integrate ethnic minority people coming here by supporting them to access services and improving language skills.”

PKAVS was set up in 1972 and has a stated aim of improving lives and connecting people through its range of hubs which, aside from dealing with minority communities, help local people find careers, promote mental health and wellbeing and organise third-sector volunteering.

Due to his work in the Chinese community, Andy was taken on by PKAVS as a part of the steering group to establish the minority hub and has since moved up the ranks in the organisation, being appointed Chairman in 2015.

Andy now leads the organisation which has helped over 1,500 people gain access multi-lingual information services, staged 280 group meetings to provide opportunities to minority people for cohesion and peer-to-peer support, and which has been an active force in Perth in staging and promoting multicultural events.

“We will also engage with the City of Culture bid through different projects and different events that we put on throughout the Chinese calendar year… we have seven annual multicultural events which are Eid, Diwali, a Scottish Ceilidh, Mooncake Festival, Chinese New Year, International Women’s Day Festival and Saint Nicholas Day. We also run ESOL [English for Speakers of Other Languages] classes.

Perth has a proud record of welcoming people from across the world to live and work here. We in PKAVS work to make sure this tradition continues, making sure Perth truly is the Place for people of all nationalities.”

Due to his work in PKAVS and in the Perthshire Chinese Community Association, Andy has become a champion of social cohesion, a leader of the celebration of multiculturalism in Perth and a supporter of increasing the offering of multicultural events around Perth’s calendar year.

To learn more about Andy and the work of PKAVS visit: www.pkavs.org.uk/Our-Charity