Three new youth technicians joined us as part of the CFS Intern Program during September. The CFI program provides paid work experience to youth wanting to start their career in IT. They’ve all been fast learners and its always great to see students who are excited to learn and grow; and how this experience will impact their future careers.
The tech drive with London Drugs wrapped up on September 23. This partnership also supported the Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan CFS+ affiliates . It was a great opportunity to help people outside the Lower Mainland donate their tech. A big thanks to Clint Mahlman for his leadership and support in the community. London Drugs has been a great partner for many local businesses and the Girl Guides of BC (who also received 15 laptops from us this month) during the pandemic. Everyone we worked with at London Drugs was super helpful! And a big thanks to everyone who donated their old tech! Be sure to keep an eye out on our social media to see the results!
Schools across BC opened back up this month with a mix of online and in-person learning. Although the way students are learning is constantly shifting, the need for students to have access to technology won’t change. We continue to support students and schools as much as we can, especially with there being more online learning. This month we sent out 391 computers to schools across BC including the Bulkley Valley School District, A D Rundle Middle School, and Guildford Park Secondary.
Our Executive Director Mary-Em Waddington was interviewed on the CTV Morning Live to discuss our efforts to help schools and families during the pandemic. Listen here: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2032437
We also applied to Burnaby Board of Trade Burnaby - Business Excellence Awards in the category of Non-profit of the Year. Our nomination packaged shared how we helped the community throughout COVID-19 by forming or enhancing community partnerships to direct more equipment to low income family homes. We won this award in 2012 and would be ecstatic if we manage to win this year! There are so many great organizations providing support to communities this year that it’s looking like some tough competition. Fingers crossed!
As we continue the TELUS Internet for Good Initiative, we are always looking for ways to improve our process. We’ve recently added options to allows participants to add webcams or wireless adapters when they order the desktop package. One reason for our high demand in laptops is because of the built-in webcam for video calls; adding these options makes it more accessible for everyone, especially as laptop donations have been critically low. Your donations are what allow us to keep initiatives like these going to support the local community!
How to donate: https://www.reusetechbc.ca/donate.html
We would like to thank all the individuals and organizations who have donated to us throughout the month. With these donations, we managed to refurbish and send out over 686 computers and laptops in September to schools, non-profits, libraries, and Indigenous communities. Our refurbished tech has gone to helping some wonderful non-profit organizations this month such as MOSAIC, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society, Thunderbird Community Centre, and ISS of BC Burnaby.
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