2023 Highlights

Collage of photographs of people involved in the reLAY project in 2023.

We helped the community improve their free WiFi access through the Community reLAY program with the support of Cisco and the work of Farren Pische (bottom right in this photo), who was just finishing high school.

reBOOT alumni Brian Provo poses with a group of black law students in front of the sign for North Preston, NS.

Proud to sponsor reBOOT Canada alumni and recent law school graduate Brian Provo’s initiative to connect law students and introduce them to his family home of North Preston, Nova Scotia.

Screen capture of participants in a Zoom meeting.

Exciting invitation to participate in the C20 conference on Digital Equity, provide a quick tour of our Toronto Evergreen Brick Works office (via Zoom and a floating laptop), and talk about reBOOT Canada’s operating model and theory of change.

Hsing-Lei (Steve) Lee standing at left, with Mike Frost standing at workbench at right.

Very happy to launch at our opening in Vancouver at 823 Powell Street and work with Hsing-Lei (Steve) Lee (left) and Mike Frost (standing at the bench).

Thanks to Free Geek Vancouver for trusting us to continue the important work they did for the Vancouver community for close to 20 years.

QR code poster encouraging donations to reBOOT Canada as part of the City of Vancouver's Reuse and Recycling Drop-Off events

Part of Free Geek Vancouver’s legacy was participating in the City of Vancouver Reuse and Recycling Drop Off events.

Entrance to reBOOT Canada head office's former location at Evergreen Brick Works.

This was the home of reBOOT Canada’s Toronto office from May 2016 to July 2023.

The Evergreen Brick Works provided a flexible, dynamic and verdant setting for reBOOT Canada as it grew from 2 staff to 9 at one point and managed through the pandemic.

We thank the Evergreen Brick Works staff and our fellow tenants as we embark on a new adventure at our new office at 1633 Eglinton Ave West.

Logo for Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabe-Kwewag Services Circle, aka "Niijki".

On National Indigenous People’s Day, we thank Niijkiwendiida Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle (NASC) for their vital work supporting Indigenous women and families.

We want to thank NASC for the opportunity to help.

Representatives of reBOOT Canada and Avanade present laptops to a representative of Youth Assisting Youth.

Youth Assisting Youth were one of our first visitors at our new location.

With the help of our Avanade reSOURCE project, we provided twelve laptops to YAY for use by their volunteer mentors and program participants. YAY provides mentorship and support to marginalized youth in the GTA and York region.

reBOOT's Steve Lee presents laptops to representatives of MOSAIC.

Another Avanade reSOURCE win, Steve is here at MOSAIC handing over laptops that are so desperately needed for newcomers to Vancouver.

Jamie Johnson (center) helps Franc Rota and Lars Verholt organize the new office space.

Jamie Johnson, Lenovo Canada Country Manager Infrastructure, spent the afternoon helping us get organized at our new office – and giving us some great insight into how IT solutions are designed, delivered and supported at scale.

Three members of Lenovo's marketing department pose with Steve Lee and Franc Rota.

Great crew from Lenovo marketing gave our website a once-over and generated pages of useful feedback and recommendations – just in time for a reBRAND! Thank you, Jessica and Rabeen!

Lars Verholt and Franc Rota pose at the reBOOT Canada x MobileSyrup equipment donation station at Toronto's 2023 Fall Home Show.

On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we found ourselves at the entrance to the Fall Home Show at the Enercare Centre as guests of MobileSyrup and Blue Ant Media.

Special thanks to camera-shy Evan Donaldson, who did a great job covering the donation bin, and thanks to Blue Ant Media for the opportunity to share the reBOOT Canada story with attendees and reflect on our roles in Truth and Reconciliation.

Representative of the 27th Reel Asian Film Festival poses with one of the iPads donated by reBOOT Canada.

The 27th Reel Asian Film Festival was back in-person in 2023 and we couldn’t be happier to give them iPads for use by ticketing and hosting staff.

Over 50 films were screened – in actual theatres! – this year, and we wish the festival many years of continued success.

reBOOT's Krish Saha (left) and Jameson from Habitat for Humanity GTA pose with bins full of equipment being donated by Habitat for Humanity GTA.

Krish (left) helping out at a local pick up of donated IT equipment from Habitat for Humanity GTA offices.

With help from Jameson (right), we were able to assist in their office relocation and recover or responsibly recycle useful retired computers, components and connectors.

A representative of TAG Marketing poses with a large donation of retired IT equipment.

Tag Marketing – leaders in food industry content AND super generous donors of retired IT assets. Thanks to Marissa and Joyel – and a very well-placed loading ramp – reBOOT Canada received over 50 Apple products, monitors, servers.

This donation helped us meet a target of 57 computers for low-income families in November, 388 paid placement hours for marginalized youth and vulnerable adults, and 360 GB of free WiFi in underserved neighbourhoods.

Marnie from the Gathering Place Community Centre in downtown Vancouver poses with Steve Lee and some of the laptops reBOOT Canada provided for use by the Gathering Place's clients.

The Gathering Place Community Centre in downtown Vancouver is a special place – part fitness centre, part drop in recreation/arts centre, part overnight shelter, part library, part public school – and now part internet cafe.

Thanks to Marnie’s leadership and Steve’s innovative solution, the community centre now has a fleet of reliable laptops at comfortable desks that can be reserved and used safely and freely. Marnie you are a community star!

Steve Lee at the Vancouver reBOOT Canada office with Gladys from Lynn Valley and the pile of used equipment she gathered from neighbours for donation.

Gladys from Lynn Valley in North Vancouver corralled her neighbours and recovered a small car-full of computers, networking equipment, monitors and accessories that were no longer useful to the owners.

Determined to divert these items from landfill or unregulated recycling, we were happy to receive the devices and meet Gladys!