ERA’s Laptop Donation Empowers Women in Calgary

By electronic recycling association April 19, 2024

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is thrilled to announce its contribution of 43 refurbished laptops to the Women in Need Society (WINS) in Calgary.  The donation, aims to provide crucial technological support to WINS’ Community Resource Hubs. These hubs serve as vital centers for empowerment, offering a diverse range of programs designed to enrich the lives of women and families in need. With the addition of these laptops, WINS can now expand their reach and impact, fostering digital literacy and empowerment among their participants.

Bojan Paduh, Founder & CEO at ERA, emphasized the importance of technology access in today’s society. He expressed pride in supporting WINS’ mission to empower individuals and families, stating, “Access to technology is essential in today’s digital age.” Paduh believes that by donating these laptops, ERA can contribute to the advancement and enrichment of the community, opening doors to opportunities that were previously out of reach.

WINS President and CEO, Karen Ramchuk stated, “Laptops are an essential part of WINS Community Programs. With access to laptops, women and their families participate in WINS programs such as Youth Coding Club, Retail Ready, Warehouse Ready, and much more. By giving our participants access to laptops, they can find support and healthy connections, break gender barriers, and find employment.  This donation couldn’t have come at a better time, because our programs are expanding, and the need is great. These laptops will change lives.”

The laptops, donated on April 4, 2024, symbolize ERA’s commitment to bridging the digital divide and promoting technology accessibility among underserved communities. By partnering with organizations like WINS, ERA aims to create a more inclusive and equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

As we navigate an increasingly digital world, initiatives like ERA’s laptop donation serve as a reminder of the power of technology to transform lives and empower communities. Through collaboration and commitment, we can work towards a future where technology is not a barrier but a bridge to opportunity for all.

About the Women in Need Society (WINS)

Established in 1992, the Women in Need Society (WINS) has been a cornerstone thrift charity in Calgary, operating six thrift store locations and a Donation Centre. Their innovative initiatives, including the More Store and Twice New, have not only generated vital revenue but also supported community programs such as House to Home, Retail Ready, Warehouse Ready, and five Community Resource Hubs. Learn more at

About the Electronic Recycling Association

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing ‘digital divide’. For over ten years, ERA has offered simple solutions to help individuals and organizations prevent operational equipment from premature destruction. With a focus on recovery, refurbishment and reuse, ERA continuously supplies charitable groups with donated IT equipment while securely managing the retiring IT assets of organizations and individuals across Canada. By partnering with certified e-waste recyclers, ERA ensures unwanted hardware never ends up in landfills, even when it offers no further use. Learn more at