Over the past week, we've reached out to hundreds of donors from the past three years to find out how reBOOT Canada is managing our donation process. The response has been great and are still coming in - check in to the website in the coming weeks to see the results.
We also recently got some very well-written feedback from one of our reSTART clients in Peterborough - and it was such a good read we're posting the whole thing here:
Last Friday, the Economic Development Committee for the City of Toronto deftly chaired by Cllr. Michael Thompson met to cover off 17 items on a packed agenda. reBOOT Canada was there to learn about the future of internet access and technology in the City – which was addressed in agenda items 6.14 and 6.15 – anchored by Councillor Josh Matlow’s championing of free public internet access in support of an innovative and inviting city. The city is considering a Connectivity Advisory Group, and we think any steps to building a city-wide connectivity
strategy, engaging prime stake holders and opening a discussion about the appropriate allocation of resources in this regard is a positive one. We really hope people see public internet as something that supports economic opportunities, skills development and higher civic engagement, in addition to tourism and positioning the city as an innovation centre. Read Councillor Matlow’s motion here and stay tuned for developments.
So what’s the connection with the picture? Another agenda item at the EDC meeting was recognition of the Maple Leaf Forever Guitar Foundation - founded by Toronto musician Colin Cripps (with Cllrs. Fragadakis and Fletcher and Mayor Tory in the picture) - who led an initiative to reBOOT wood salvaged from the silver maple that inspired the song Maple Leaf Forever by Alexander Muir. reBOOT Canada loves helping people with computers and tech and loves great ideas about getting meaning and value from things that might otherwise be ignored and abandoned. reBOOT Canada also loves cool guitars. A lot. So congratulations to Mr. Cripps and the team behind the Maple Leaf Forever guitars and congratulations to the city for supporting really great ideas!
reBOOT Canada's Scarborough office will be closed at 1pm today and reopen on Tuesday September 8th at 9:30 am.
reBOOT Canada's Peterborough offices will be closed tomorrow Saturday September 5 and also reopen on Tuesday September 8th at 9 am.
The entire reBOOT team wishes our clients, donors, volunteers past and present a happy and safe Labour Day weekend.
With school, hockey and autumn in general around the corner it's a great time to think about spending that afternoon clearing out the basement, garage, kid's closet and putting aside any computers that were recently replaced or in need of a minor repair to become functional again.
These items could have real value to someone experiencing financial hardship and in need of the tools to
improve the opportunities available to them by way education and skills development, job search and social engagement.
Our reSTART program has grown over the last 4 months to serve not just the SWO and Kawartha's region but as far as communities in the Northwest Territories, Manitoba and the Maritimes.
Drop off your home electronics at our Scarborough location 2450 Lawrence Ave East (between Kennedy and Midland) or if you're in the Peterborough area, 251 Charlotte Street (at Bethune and Charlotte).
Enjoy the rest of the summer and a safe and fun return to the rhythms of September, from the reBOOT Canada team.
We're 6 months into 2015 and here's a quick update: so far this year, we've provided over 90 computers to individuals receiving social assistance and to community organizations. This three times what we did last year during the same period - which is great - but just under a 1 million people receive social assistance in Ontario alone, and having access to computer, software and internet is integral to their skills development, job search and community participation, so there's a lot of work to do.
Who do our our reSOURCE and reSTART programs serve?
L is relatively new to Canada, has dependents and pursuing studies at the university level and participating in student organizations while receiving Ontario Works and trying to establish her network here. reBOOT Canada was able to provide her with a refurbished laptop approximately 6 years old, which was part of a large donation from Scotiabank.
A was unable to work in a conventional setting and receiving ODSP when he began to explore freelance creative writing and journalism as a potential career. His computer, containing drafts, items and proposals he was working on failed suddenly. reBOOT Canada was able to recover the content from the computer and provide him with a replacement desktop, including licensed versions of Word and Excel he required to manage his entry into the professional publishing.
These are a couple of anonymous but real examples. Thanks to all the donors across Ontario, please check back to the website often for more stories of how your donation is helping.
Please note reBOOT Canada will be closed on Monday, August 3 for the Civic Holiday, reopening at 9am Tuesday August 4.
Yesterday, dear friend of reBOOT Canada Nicholas Brinkman joined me on a trip to our Peterborough store to pick up some donations and reconnect with one of Nick's high school friends.
Peterborough businessman and son of the Curve Lake First Nation Ronald Whetung met us at 251 Charlotte Street and took us on a fantastic tour of the place where he grew up - as well as one of the coolest museums on the planet right in the heart of Peterborough.
Curve Lake First Nation is a Mississauga Ojibway First Nation occupying a peninsula with Lake Chemong on one side and Buckhorn on the other, barely joined together by Harrington Narrows.
Driving along Mississauga Street off of Curve Lake Road, we saw the first school house Ron went to class in, crossed the peninsula to see the new school and caught a glimpse through the bushes of the fishing lodge his uncle Clifford owned and operated. He talked about growing up First Nations in Peterborough, as a student at Ryerson, and the work there is to do to educate Canadians on the historical treatment of and current issues facing First Nations communities.
To that end, here's one link to some basics from the CBC to start the conversation where you are - but hope it sparks an interest in learning more and getting more perspectives.
This past week the scaffolding, trucks and crews wrapped up their work at the corner of Charlotte and Bethune in Peterborough leaving our reBOOT store cleaned up and construction-free.
Our laptop wizard Krijn took a couple of pictures with a recently donated Surface. Looks like he got he lucked out on parking again too! Here's when you can visit reBOOT Peterborough this week:
June 29 9am-6pm
June 30 9am-5pm
July 1 CLOSED for CANADA DAY
July 2 10am-4pm
July 3 9am-5pm
Call 416 534 6017 and select option 3 if you're calling from the GTA or directly at 705 749 7815. You can also visit www.rebootpeterborough.ca.
Happy Canada Day! Take 5 minutes on July 1st to reduce our country's landfill: request a pick up of your used electronics at www.rebootcanada.ca/recycle.
Earlier this week, we were very lucky to have a full day of volunteering from the folks at Google Canada.
All the way from Waterloo, Engineers from Google spent the full day assessing and evaluating donated computers, performing diagnostics and building machines for use in our reSTART, reSOURCE and reCONNECT programs.
Thanks very much to Yaroslav Litus for reaching out at coordinating the day - you and your team are welcome any time!
Looking for an opportunity to do some team building away from the office AND giving back?
Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and your company can have their own volunteer day.
Great way to enter the weekend: Alan Laing at the Toronto Catholic District School Board put together this fun video capturing our visit to Epiphany Academy in Scarborough's Chester Le neighborhood.
An honour to speak to these enthusiastic and engaged kids - and an honour to be part of the team that provided the school with 60 tablets. Credit to Principal John Masciarelli and Chair Michael del Grande for organizing and aligning the effort and Sam Kazmeini, the President of Electronic Recycling Services and Keith Ford, our reBOOT Canada champion at ERS for supplying the hardware.
At 11am today, we'll be at Epiphany Our Lord Catholic School in the Chester Le community for an assembly to check in on a significant donation made by ERS-International through reBOOT Canada.
Check out the press release here