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2015 Highlights

Computer Donation to Little Mountain Neighbourhood House YVR

We provided Little Mountain Neighbourhood House with a computer donation before Christmas, and received this letter with a photo from one of their staff members today: "Dear Kathleen, Could you please pass on my heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to the Vancouver team of Electronic Recycling Association, "ERA", for their donation to me of the laptop, which I received from you, Monday, December 21st. I could never have been able to acquire one on my own, and so very much appreciate their kindness. I will be able to be more effective in my volunteer efforts because of having a laptop, so am very grateful.
Thank you Kathleen for all you did to help me acquire this wonderful gift. Wishing ERA and you a very wonderful Holiday Season, and all the best for 2016. warmest regards, Linda" We are happy to help! computer donation
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CBFY Receives Donated Laptop in Time for the Holidays!

Last stop before the holidays - The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth! We dropped off a laptop to the organization's Executive Director, Umashanie Reddy. The donated laptop will be used by staff to enhance the organization's communications. We were happy to learn about all the great work CBFY has done over the past year - you may recall that CBFY was the recipient of ERA's 2014 Giving Tuesday donation of 60 computers for newcomers to Calgary. That story can be viewed here: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k8b5w5-Pm0[/embed] CBFY is committed to 'bridging the journey to Canadian life by engaging immigrant youth and families to fulfill their potential in Canadian Society.' [caption id="attachment_7612" align="aligncenter" width="180"]donated laptop CBFY's Executive Director, Umashanie Reddy and ERA's Kristi Gartner pose with a newly donated laptop[/caption]  
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BC Charity Receives Laptops for Youth Awards

We recently donated several laptops to BC charity Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society for their youth awards night! Aunt Leah's Place is a registered BC charity focused on helping kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future for over twenty years. They have seen how support at this critical time can help these young people realize their possibilities and potential and become resilient, independent adults.   BC Charity Aunt Leahs place Dec 2015 1  
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Computers for Seniors: Donation to Carya Calgary

We were thrilled to donate several laptops to Carya Calgary's Elder Abuse Response Team this week! These computers for seniors will be provided to the team's clients, many of whom have suffered from isolation and other forms of abuse. Having a laptop will help these older Calgarians stay connected and access resources to enrich their lives. We were happy to speak to Jody Brown, a social worker for Carya Calgary, who explained a bit more about how the donation will impact clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-uUQ_qmqWY Computers for seniors
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St. Cecilia School Receives 5 Donated Laptops

ERA was pleased to present Christine Hooey, Vice Principal at St. Cecilia School, with  5 donated laptops. This new equipment will help the school continue to offer quality programs to students and allow students to expand their computer skills.   [caption id="attachment_7416" align="aligncenter" width="236"]Principal Christine Hooey accepts donated laptops from ERA Principal Christine Hooey accepts donated laptops from ERA[/caption]
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Computers for Kids: Aladdin Daycare Receives New Computer Lab

It's always a great day when we get the chance to donate computers for kids! We were thrilled to donate 5 desktop computers and 2 laptops to Aladdin Daycare just in time for Christmas. We were joined by Richard Gotfried 高 飛 - MLA Calgary-Fish Creek, who helped us present the donation to the daycare. Aladdin Daycare provides daycare for Toddler, Kindergarten, Preschool, Schoolage group(s). We know the equipment will be put to good use and will help the daycare enhance their educational programs. [caption id="attachment_7615" align="aligncenter" width="300"]computers for kids Fish Creek MLA Richard Gotfried helps present a donation of computers for Aladdin Daycare[/caption] ERA is committed to providing donations of technology hardware to organizations and individuals unable to afford new equipment, and we are proud to donate computers for kids. If you would like to apply for a donation, please apply here. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter:
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Technology Donations Benefit Calgary’s Unemployed

Over the past year we have been happy to provide Momentum with technology donations for individuals utilizing their services. Momentum uses a Community Economic Development (CED) approach that offers hope and opportunity to people living in poverty. An economic approach is at the core of CED, but only works if we look at the whole picture—money, self and others. We work with all Calgarians who are ready to move out of poverty, for good. This week we got a chance to catch up with one of Momentum's team members to talk about their organization and the impact of technology donations. Technology donations: Momentum
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Equipment Donation to Manitoba’s Open Access Resource Centre

We recently made an equipment donation to Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) in Winnipeg. The equipment will help the group continue to offer their fantastic programs and focus resources on program development. The OARC is committed to improving the lives of Manitobans with speech challenges through the use of communication devices. Their mission is to provide assistive technology, training and resources to individuals with communication difficulties and those that support them. Equipment donation to Open Access Resource Centre
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ERA Donates Laptops to Champion Career Centre

ERA donates laptops ERA was happy to donate laptops to Champions Career Centre - Redefining Ability in the Workplace! The laptops will be distributed to the organization's clients, who are actively job searching. The laptops will allow job seekers reliable access to a computer, allowing them better productivity and chances at success. Champions Career Centre was established in 2000 to connect employers with people with disabilities. By working collaboratively with government, companies and local and regional disability organizations, Champions helps the one in eight Albertans with disabilities have full and equal access to career and employment opportunities. Champions helps both clients and employers to overcome workplace challenges to meet diversity standards, create mutually beneficial placements and ensure a positive, supportive workplace environment. ERA is committed to helping deserving Canadian charities and non-profits attain the technology they need to succeed, and donates laptops and other equipment to them on an ongoing basis. To find out more about ERA's donation program, please click here.
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ERA to sponsor and attend INTERZONE 2015 in Vancouver

INTERZONE is Canada’s first & only world-class technology conference. This sophomore edition of Interzone will explore the state of technology & humanity today & tomorrow. How will our future will be defined? Interzone features imagineers and thought leaders from organizations who are leveraging technology & innovation to redefne survival in the 21st century. Interzone is a head-on collision of progressive, reinventionalist incumbents and punk rock insurgents. Intense, thought provoking & provocative debate alongside showcases, executive briefings & exhibitions. ERA is proud to sponsor INTERZONE this year, and look forward to speaking with some of the industry's greatest thought leaders. The conference will be held April 11 and 12 2016 at the Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver. For full details, please visit the conference website  
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