Through the distribution of computers to schools, libraries and community organizations at little or no cost, the CFS program serves to facilitate access to digital literacy and provides Canadians with educational training and skills building opportunities, regardless of their financial ability to access equipment.
Three of the laptops we received have headed out to T’sou-ke First Nation about 35 miles from the Victoria Native Friendship Centre to be part of a teen/elders homework club; one has gone on the road with a Boilermaker who is upgrading her English and math to become a welder; one was given to a woman attempting to take an entire online Private Investigators course on her phone; and several more went to community members looking for work or in entry level work who are also beginning postsecondary courses in the Fall and want to develop or improve their computer skills over the summer months. It is deeply satisfying to be able to respond to someone’s distress at his or her lack of this essential piece of equipment.
– Lani King, Director of Career, Employment & Education Resources, Victoria Native Friendship Centre
If you or someone you know is in need of technology or training, contact a non-profit community organization in your area and let them know about us. By connecting with the appropriate CFS provincial or territorial program, they could help you benefit from of the program.