Programs and Projects
Do you have unwanted computers and peripherals to donate?
Support reBOOT Canada's initiative to update and activate the reCONNECT footprint, serving seniors across the country
Are you an individual on social assistance who needs a computer?
Are you a charity, not-for-profit, or other organization that needs some basic computers to administer and deliver programs?
reBOOT Canada is always looking for innovative ways of providing sustainable basic technology solutions. Stay tuned for updates to our programs and if you have an idea, we would love to hear it!
Our Donors ARE LEADERS...
SO ARE OUR CLIENTS...
“Through our partnership with the reCONNECT program, our Healthier Living Centre Department has been able to provide an open, accessible and welcoming learning environment for older adults. The reCONNECT program strengthened our capacity and effectiveness by providing us with hardware and support, which allowed us to focus on our programming and client experience. Our computer lab is open to older adults in our community five days a week from 9am-3pm and houses ten fully operational systems for use. Our qualified instructor and helpful volunteers provide instruction via multiple formats – to best serve clients old and new.”
Jeff Gruchy, Downsview Services To Seniors, Toronto
“Wonderful program. Residents are very happy with it. Good technical support [and] quick response time.”
Kamla Williams, Residence Castel Royal, Montreal
“We feel that the reCONNECT program has enriched the lives of our members. They're able to communicate with family on a new level. Family relationships are enhanced as members can easily contact grandchildren.”
Suzanne, York-West Active Living Centre, Toronto
“Good computers [and] excellent tech support. Very fortunate to have the program. We would not be able to afford computers. We just don’t have the budget for it.”
Gerry Lafferty, New Hope Senior Citizen Centre, Montreal
“Fantastic program. Very useful. We would not be able to afford computers for the seniors. Users are very happy with the new LCD monitors. Friendly tech support.”
Johanne Colarudo, Almage Senior Centre, Montreal, ON
Our PRIME RECYCLING Partner
For the past 2 decades, reBOOT has been a voice on issues of stewardship of the environment and the management of waste created by the growth of personal computer use.reBOOT Canada is proud to partner with industry-leading Electronic Recycling Services International to ensure your donations of used computer equipment is properly streamed for refurbishment and remarketing, extending the life of the equipment by up to 3 years, or responsibly and safely broken down into components or commodities.
One of the key values entrenched in reBOOT’s mission is sustainability. It appears in how we fund and manage the charitable projects we undertake and it appears in the way we divert computers and other electronics from landfill by finding a market and deriving value from what would otherwise be waste.
Learn more about Electronic Recycling Services, their credentials and commitment to the environment here
February 27, 2015
This past week we completed the data capture for our assessment of the reCONNECT footprint with report from Montreal completed by one of our donors and volunteers.
We were pleased to see 13 long term care facilities and community centres still had operating computer centres, serving over 5,000 individuals since 2008, although many of the computer centres are and unable to make full use of present day internet access and applications.
Our reCONNECT reFRESH initiative is meant to address that, and we're actively seeking donations and corporate sponsorship to support a cross-country refresh of equipment, software and programming.
Here's how you can help:
A) Does your company have a charitable foundation interested in issues associated with an aging population and access? Send up a quick note at email@example.com
B) Have you ever donated computers to reBOOT Canada before? It's easy and you'll love the space it frees up - click here to schedule a pickup
C) Cash donations - of any amount - are very valuable to us because we can use it right away - click here to make a cash donation.
Thanks for your support and interest!
The reBOOT Canada Team
New Reconnect Centres and the Beauty of Bruised Apples
February 10, 2015
We're delighted to welcome the Rekai Centre at Sherbourne to our reCONNECT v2.0 network.
After meeting initially in December with their student nursing, programming and leadership team, Rekai Centre at Sherbourne and reBOOT Canada have made arrangements to create two computer centres within their facility, serving over 120 residents and using a combination of enhanced desktops and portable laptops. The workstations will be set up on accessible office furniture to accommodate a variety of needs of the residents at Rekai and configurations include webcams and over-sized monitors.
Congratulations to the Rekai Centre at Sherbourne. If you think your facility and your clients would benefit from a reBOOT Canada reCONNECT Computer centre too please contact me directly or through our form at www.rebootcanada.ca/resource.
reBOOT Canada would like to thank the Association of Registered Graphic Designers for help getting the word out about donating used computers. Through their membership, they're able to reach over 3,000 professionals and companies across the country in the computer-intensive graphic design industry and we very much appreciate it! With our partner Electronic Recycling Services, we'll arrange for pick up within the GTA and can evaluate pick ups beyond depending on volume. Your donation will be assessed and either streamed for responsible recycling out of the ERS facility or refurbishment for use in projects like the Rekai Centre reCONNECT project above. Right now we're calling for any and all used Apple products - contact us through www.rebootcanada.ca/recycle-donate and we’ll coordinate a pick up. Reach us through www.rebootcanada.ca/recycle-donate.
reBOOT Canada Launches New Website
January 26, 2015
We're kicking off 2015 with a new website and a new way to access our services.
It should mean that more folks and organizations can dispose of their used computer equipment responsibly AND more folks and organizations in need of low cost basic technology access can help each other!
It's been a couple of months in the making and impossible without the generous time and expertise from Melissa Piluso on the marketing side and James Chow on the technical side.
Learn more about how to have your unwanted computers and home electronics picked up through our reCYCLE program (www.rebootcanada.ca/recycle) - or just click the "Schedule a Pick-Up" button on the home page.
If you need a computer for yourself or someone in your community, check out our reSTART program (www.rebootcanada.ca/restart).
If your charity or not for profit organization needs computers to keep doing the good work that you do - reach us through our reSOURCE program at www.rebootcanada.ca/resource.
For long term care facilities or community centres running programs for seniors, reCONNECT is a simple solution to provide a computer lounge environment for your residents and members operating since 2009 (www.rebootcanada.ca/reconnect).
Please visit and tell us what you think.
We think this video by Kristen Bles is great -
December 8, 2014
A little belated but worth sharing: On Sunday, October the 26th, reBOOT Canada was proud to sponsor the inaugural Davenportage, led by Dr. Michael Bumby with the support of colleagues and friends. This merits some explaining: Dr. Bumby conceived of a kind of extreme sport/pub crawl/heritage and urban transformation event that would draw attention to the nearly forgotten fact that Davenport Rd effectively connects the Humber with the Don and was the main route for travellers portaging between the two rivers for centuries.
The day started with a tobacco blessing of the river and these words from Joe Katt, a leader from the Temagami First Nations: "Your journey to explore the modes of travel and the relationship to the land will give you and those that participate a different perspective on the early period as well as to why indigenous society appreciates the earth as our mother". What followed that day is luckily and brilliantly captured in this video: