Microsoft Canada

Microsoft Canada

October 23, 2006 09:00 ET

New Online Learning Centre Teaches Chinese Seniors to Use Instant Messaging, Webcams and Blogs to Communicate With Loved Ones

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 23, 2006) -



Photo Call: Official opening and virtual ribbon cutting with Mayor
David Miller, Dr. Joseph Wong, Founder and Chair, Yee Hong
Centre for Geriatric Care, Owen Sagness, Vice-President,
Online Services Group of Microsoft Canada and Shauna
McCaffrey, Executive Director, Renewed Computer Technology
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2006
Time: 2:15 pm
Address: Yee Hong Centre - Scarborough Finch
60 Scottfield Dr.
Toronto, ON


Senior citizens at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care's Scarborough-Finch and Mississauga locations are surfing the Internet, Instant Messaging with their loved ones and learning to blog thanks to the Centre's relationship with Microsoft Canada Co. and Renewed Computer Technology (RCT). The initiative provides seniors with the tools and skills they need to connect with the people they care about most, virtually wherever they are in the world.

The Yee Hong Senior Computer Lab sponsored by Microsoft Canada will be officially launched October 26 with a virtual ribbon cutting at Yee Hong's Scarborough Finch location by Mayor David Miller, Dr. Joseph Wong, Founder and Chair, Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, Owen Sagness, Vice-President, Online Services Group of Microsoft Canada and Shauna McCaffrey, Executive Director, Renewed Computer Technology (RCT).

"As a model of excellence in geriatric care, the Yee Hong Centre is thrilled to be able to provide our seniors with these facilities," says Dr. Joseph Wong, Founder and Chair, Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. "We are grateful to Microsoft Canada and Renewed Computer Technology for their generosity and support to make this dream a reality. Our new computer labs will help enable seniors to live more independently and with dignity."

More than 100 volunteer youth, trained by Microsoft Canada's Online Services Group, will teach seniors from the nursing home and surrounding community the computer and Internet skills they need. The program aims to remove some of the barriers that prevent technology skills development and encourage growth and greater independence through life long learning.

"Technology enables people to share their stories; however sometimes obstacles such as access and training deprive individuals from taking advantage of all the Internet has to offer," said Owen Sagness, Online Services Group of Microsoft Canada. "This program gives these seniors the opportunities to connect with the world and new ways to maintain precious relationships."
Renewed Computer Technology has donated software and training required for the computer lab with additional software and curriculum provided by Microsoft's Unlimited Potential (UP) grant program. UP grants are awarded to community organizations seeking to foster digital inclusion by providing lifelong learners with access to technologies and training to help them achieve their fullest potential.

About Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care

Established in October 1994, the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care has been changing people's perceptions of nursing homes with a wide-range of high quality and culturally appropriate senior services. The Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation is a charitable organization that raises necessary funds to support the facilities, services and programs of the four Centres in Scarborough, Markham and Mississauga. Originally started to serve mainly the Chinese community, now Yee Hong is embracing and reaching out to all communities with its golden brand standard of tending to its residents' cultural needs, such as native diet and entertainment. An entire wing at the Markham Yee Hong Centre is dedicated to the South Asian community.

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has 10 regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.

Microsoft Unlimited Potential Program

Through its UP program, Microsoft is working to help a quarter-billion people around the world gain access to the technology, learning curriculum and skills training necessary to support employability and foster economic development in communities where they live. In Canada, over $2 million has been given to the Unlimited Potential program since 2004. Organizations that have received grants in Canada include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Toronto's Frontier College's Beat the Street Program, Toronto's Dixon Hall, the Manitoba E-Association, JobStart and the LOCUS project in Vancouver.

About Renewed Computer Technology

Renewed Computer Technology (RCT) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that empowers learners and educators, strengthens not-for-profit organizations, provides leadership by sharing its expertise globally and contributes to environmental protection by extending the life of technology to provide information communication technology (ICT) access, equipment, services and skill development opportunities. The success of RCT as an organization can be attributed to the development of its core programs, such as Computer for Schools Ontario, Computers for Charities and its Youth Transition Program, which are designed to work together to achieve RCT's mandate and to provide value added solutions, expertise and resources to its partners. For more information on RCT, please visit www.rcto.ca.

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