Donation of Computers: Christmas Comes Early for 60 Immigrant Youth and Families

Donation of computers to Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth


NOVEMBER 27, 2014

Christmas comes early for 60 immigrant youth and families

Local businessman gives back through donation of computers to Calgary newcomers adjusting to life in Canada

CALGARY, AB —Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), received a donated computer shortly after he and his family immigrated to Canada nearly two decades ago. Now, through a partnership facilitated by Alberta’s Promise, this good deed will be paid forward. On Dec. 2, the ERA will deliver 60 personal computers to the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) so they can be distributed to high-needs youth and families within their programs.

Too often, the lack of a computer creates challenge for immigrant families, especially those from low-income backgrounds. When newcomers arrive to Calgary they focus on finding a home, acquiring a job and ensuring their kids are safe, settled and able to find a sense of belonging. To them a computer is more than a piece of equipment - it is the ability to complete and submit schoolwork, look up transit schedules and maps, find a grocery store, connect with their families back home, translate a word they do not understand, or submit a job application. To them, a computer is an opportunity to be empowered and succeed in Canadian society.

Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this partnership success story as ERA delivers a full truck of computers to the CBFY.


Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth

#201, 1112 - 40 Avenue N.E.

Calgary, AB T2E 5T8

Attendees: The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY)

Electronic Recycling Association (ERA)

Alberta’s Promise

Clients of CBFY

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Several recipients of the computer donations will be available on-location for interviews with media.

Media enquiries may be directed to:

Kristi Gartner

Marketing and Communications Manager

Electronic Recycling Association

(Office) 1- 403-262-4488 ext 104

Simone Brown

Senior Resource Development Officer

The Calgary Bridge Foundation

Work: 403-930-2749 | Cell: 403-966-4434