Canadian Electronic Recycling Association celebrates major milestone and equips 12 agencies in need, including Tsuu T'ina Nation
CALGARY, Nov. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Shell Canada today announced a $1 million donation of computer equipment to the Canadian Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), who will distribute it to organizations in need across Canada. This is the ERA's single largest donation to date and marks a milestone for the organization.
To kick off this donation, Shell and the ERA will distribute more than 300 recent model computers, laptops and monitors to 12 organizations across Canada on November 28 as part of “Giving Tuesday” (#GivingTuesday www.givingtuesday.org). The remainder of the donation — more than 3,000 computers — will be given out to schools and other organizations over the coming months. Organizations are encouraged to contact the ERA (www.era.ca) to find out how they can access this donated equipment.
"A lack of access to computers and the Internet can limit opportunities for those already in vulnerable situations," said Michael Crothers, President and Country Chair, Shell Canada. "We are delighted to be celebrating Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving – by making a local contribution; providing $1 million in surplus computers to deserving organizations across Canada, particularly to schools in Indigenous communities."
The largest number of recipients from today's computer distribution are Indigenous organizations and schools in Alberta. This supports Shell's commitment to work in collaboration with Indigenous communities in the areas of community engagement, business development, community investment and employment. For more than 30 years, for example, Shell has supported Indspire and the Banff Centre's Indigenous Leadership Management program to deliver leadership training and development opportunities for Indigenous Peoples.
Bojan Paduh, Founder of the Electronic Recycling Association, said: "We are thrilled to work alongside Shell Canada for the biggest donation the ERA has organized. On a daily basis, we donate to charitable organizations throughout Canada. However, today is extra special as we are part of a donation blitz that will see 12 deserving communities and organizations across Canada receive IT equipment. Our blitz will continue over the coming months as we give $1 million in IT equipment a second life."
Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story with Shell and the ERA at the donation event at Tsuu T'ina Nation Elementary School, one of the largest donation recipients. Representatives from the other recipient organizations will also be in attendance.
Shell Canada President and Country Chair – Michael Crothers
Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta - Janice Bushfield
Wesley First Nation - Lisette Golding-Cooper
Chiniki Community College – Jordie Mark
Full List of Recipients on November 28, 2017 (#GivingTuesday)
Sunchild First Nation, Rocky Mountain House, AB
Swan River First Nation, Kinuso, AB
Tsuu T'ina Nation, Calgary, AB
Rocky Native Friendship Centre Society, Rocky Mountain House, AB
Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, Calgary, AB
Wesley First Nation, Cheneka, AB
Chiniki Community College, Morley, AB
Stanley Knowles School, Winnipeg MB
Britannia Lodge, Vancouver, BC
Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
Care and Share Lounge, Hamilton, ON
QWF-Fédération des écrivaines et écr, Westmount, QE
About Shell Canada
Shell has been operating in Canada for over 100 years and employs more than 4,000 people across the country. Our business is providing energy to Canadians and people around the world, and we are one of the few truly integrated oil and gas companies in Canada. Learn more at www.shell.ca.
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.