PRESS RELEASE: Let’s Get Together – #LGTTechCollect

PRESS RELEASE: Let’s Get Together – #LGTTechCollect

Technology Collection Drive to kickstart flow of used computer donations in Peel Region

Mississauga, Ontario, July 20 to 24th –  Let’s Get Together with the support of Raptors 905 and Electronics Recycling Association (ERA) is launching its first Technology Collection Drive starting Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 24th, at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre located in Mississauga, ON. The address is 5500 Rose Cherry Place.  Drop off hours are Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24th from 10 am to 6 pm, Rinks Entrance A, Parking AThe Region of Peel, University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Student Engagement are also proud to support this worthwhile initiative.  


Computers are the “New Backpacks”

Over the last 2 years, Let’s Get Together (LGT) has been working hard to help low-income families and individuals across Ontario access more affordable renewed computers through their “Creating Tech Savvy Communities” initiative.  They saw computers as the “new backpacks” and believed students should have access to them at home so they could support their pursuit of higher education.  They started by helping 20 families every few months purchase their own affordable computers through a program offered by Renewed Computer Technology.  Over the last year, they increased their efforts and have now helped over 1000 individuals and families across Ontario. Their ultimate goal is for every family and/or individual across Canada to own a computer and have access to internet service by 2024.


The Demand

The demand for computers at home increased dramatically when Covid-19 hit and most public places that offered free computer use were forced to close.  This moment served as an awakening for the greater community as many people were unequipped to continue to pursue their education, employment opportunities, and/or access essential community resources because they didn’t have access to a working computer or internet access at home.

While the demand for computers continued to increase, the number of computer donations slowed down significantly due to the province’s quarantine measures, thus reducing inventories at computer recycling companies.

“We need to kickstart the flow of donation by encouraging residents, organizations and businesses to collect their used, unwanted, broken technology and donate them to us.  By doing this, they will help both their community and our environment.” says, Alison.  She continues, “We’re incredibly fortunate to have the Raptors 905 help us by offering to host our technology drive at this time. Safety remains a priority. All Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place.” 


The Bigger Goal – Higher Education

The goal is to collect 100 repurposable laptops/computers/tablets that will be redistributed back to the Peel Region community at no cost.  They also aim to raise a total value of $1000 worth of other reusable equipment with a portion of the proceeds going to support “Let’s Get Talking”, a student-centred family mentorship program that supports and promotes higher education.  It was developed by five University of Toronto Mississauga students this past April when many students found themselves at home but still wanting to help their community. I wish that I had access to a resource like Let’s Get Talking when I was younger where I could talk to older students who I could relate to. Many of us are happy to fill that gap now,” says Sravani Manda, a 3rd year student at UTM.  This student-created program continues to grow and now includes over 30 Student Ambassadors from 6 universities/colleges and 3 high schools across Ontario.  

LGT is also asking corporations, businesses, schools and organizations to let them know when they plan to recycle their business laptops so that they can add them to a 4 year donation schedule as part of their ongoing strategic efforts to achieve their goal of eliminating the digital divide across Canada by 2024.

To learn more, schedule future tech donations or see a list of accepted electronic donations, visit http://letsgettogether.ca/tech-collect-drive

To apply for a computer, visit http://letsgettogether.ca/affordable-technology

 

Let’s Get Together is a Not-for-Profit organization that creates opportunities for parents, youth and communities to access learning resources that provide educational assistance and support student well-being. Their mission is to foster healthy parent involvement, inspire youth in their learning while making it accessible and equitable. 

Raptors 905 are the NBA G League Champion for 2016/17, Conference Champions for 2017/18 and the lone Canadian team in the league. Founded in 2015, the team joined the league for the 2015-16 season, playing out of Paramount Fine Food Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Electronics Recycling Association  is a non-profit organization that has been reducing electronic waste since 2004. We reduce adverse environmental contribution through electronic recycling, repurposing and through the donation of electronics and other IT Equipment. With a number of drop off locations around Canada, and an electronic pickup service, the ERA provides a meaningful way for organizations and individuals to deal with their old computer equipment in a safe and secure manner that matches or exceeds government standards.

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Drop off hours are Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24th from 10 am – 6pm.  To drop off the equipment, donors must enter Parking Lot A.  Donation bins will be located  just by Rinks Entrance A inside the door where a Let’s Get Together team member will assist. 

 

 

 

TWIST N’ GROW Your Own Business

TWIST N’ GROW Your Own Business

Join us for TWIST N’ GROW Your Business – a hands-on, fun workshop designed to teach entrepreneurial kids (10 to 15 years old) how to balloon twist while offering tips on how to start their own business using a growth mindset!

 

Location: Microsoft Store at Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin Street, #Unit 305, Toronto, ON M6A 3A1

 

Cost: $50+ HST per youth
Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser 2019

Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser 2019

This unique event is an opportunity for the greater community to support schools by simply buying a pumpkin from Emiliano and Ana NoFrills from Sunday, October 20th thru to Saturday, October 26th. A portion of each sale will be donated back to locals schools in the Kingsview Village Westway Community.

Lastly, we invite your families and staff to join us for our Pumpkin Patch School Party on October 26th from 12 – 1:30pm.  We’ll have a best costume contest, junior balloon twisters and a $2 hot dog lunch combo.  100% of the sales from this event will be donated back to our schools.
Each school can raise more funds by having their families and staff redeem their customized tickets with their school’s name on it. Tickets redeemed will direct that specific sale to their school.

Participating schools:

  • Kingsview Village Junior School
  • Dixon Grove Junior Middle School
  • Valleyfield Junior School
  • The Westway Junior Public School
  • St. Maurice Catholic School
  • St. Eugene Catholic School
  • Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic School
  • École élémentaire Félix-Leclerc

Please help spread the word. Share our posts and tag us using #PumpkinPatch2019. The more people who know about the event, the more pumpkin sales we’ll have, the more money will be raised for our schools.

Science Rendezvous

Science Rendezvous

On Saturday, May 11th, 2019, from 10 am to 3 pm, the University of Guelph-Humber (UofGH) will host a free, interactive, all ages science festival as part of Science Rendezvous.
Science Rendezvous is an annual event that opens science lab doors to the local communities.
More than 300 festival events are taking place simultaneously in over 30 cities across Canada. Festivalgoers get a chance to participate in hands-on-experiments, interact with students, and see amazing scientific demonstrations.

Last year UofGH festivalgoers took part in experiments, live demos and kid-friendly activities taking place throughout the day. For example, they had a chance to study anatomy models of the hand, the muscles and bones (take them apart and put together again!), they learned about fingerprints, investigated a “bank robbery” themed CSI station, and could also get their hand-strength measured. The little ones (and the not so little), took part in a “bugtastic” scavenger hunt, experienced the world through virtual reality, and created their own fossils.

This year, University student volunteers will lead activities in anatomy, neuroscience, health & fitness, and forensic science, and much more! Attendees of all ages, 0 to 99+ are welcome!
This year’s theme is STEAM big. Festivalgoers will be inspired to dream big about Science Technology Engineering Art & Math through all that we see around us every day.

“This festival is a really great way for our students to not only showcase the science that happens here through their programs, but also to allow them to share, show and teach others what they’ve learned,” said Kinesiology Assistant Program Head Dr. Agnes Coutinho. “Our students combine efforts and work together across all academic programs and years of study. Importantly, it is a great opportunity for visiting younger students and their families to have a chance to see the UofGH campus, interact directly with current students and even some alumni!”

University of Guelph-Humber Science Rendezvous Details
Date: Saturday May 11, 2019
What: Science Rendezvous, all-day free science festival
Time: Activities will take place between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: University of Guelph-Humber (Humber College, North Campus),
207 Humber College Blvd., Etobicoke, ON M9W 5L7
Enter at entrance “A” FREE PARKING (see map here)

Launching FREE e-learning webinars

Launching FREE e-learning webinars

Join us bi-weekly for our FREE e-learning webinars focusing on well-being, technology, education, community, family, careers & more.

From the convenience of your own computer or mobile device you can join and watch our presentation or dial in by phone to listen.
Each 30 minute webinar includes a 15 minute presentation followed by a Q&A period.

The goal of these free webinars is to provide you and your family another channel to gain knowledge, resources and tips that will better support everyone’s pathway to success in education and wellness. These webinars also encourage families to take a step forward together towards embracing 21st Century Learning. Our greatest hope is that these webinars will empower and equip your family with relevant and up-to-date information and tools so you can have important discussions at home, set goals, make plans and ultimately achieve them together with everyone’s involvement.

MARCH BREAK Program: Let’s Get Together at Dixie Outlet Mall

MARCH BREAK Program: Let’s Get Together at Dixie Outlet Mall

We are planning a fun filled week of skill-building workshops and activities for kids, ages 9 to 13 years, that foster teamwork, growth mindset, leadership & independence at The Living Room at Dixie Outlet Mall.

The sessions will help participants:

– be better prepared to stay at home alone or elsewhere for short periods of time (Home Alone Workshop)
– recognize and respond to first aid situations (Basic First Aid Workshop)
– plan events using tools and knowledge as shared by a Professional Event Planner (Junior Event Pro Workshop)
– create balloon twisting designs (Junior Balloon Twisting Workshop)
– understand how a positive and growth mindset can help enhance their learning.

COST: $199 plus tax per person for the week*
*Fee includes course materials, certificate, mini growth mindset poster, spirit button and a balloon starter kit.

10% OFF LOYALTY OFFER FOR DIXIE OUTLET MALL CUSTOMERS – Spend $25 or more at any Dixie Outlet Mall store within the past 30 days and email us a picture of the receipt with the name of the registrant to get a 10% discount code.