Seniors Computer Centres Project

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Project Partners: Ontario Trillium Foundation, North Claybelt CFDC, The Venture Centre/Le centre de développement CFDC, Kirkland and District Community Development Corporation, South Temiskaming CFDC, Nord-Aski CFDC, Ateliers des Pionniers et Pionnières Du Nord, Château Georgian Retirement Residence, North Centennial Manor, Northdale Manor, Teck Centennial Library, Teck Pioneer Residence

The program addressed the under utilization of computer technology by the senior citizen population of our region. Seniors Computer Centres are a necessity to help acclimatize a growing percentage of our population to technologies, which are becoming the main conduits for information dissemination, as well as an inexpensive form of communication. All levels of government are implementing information technology solutions to provide better service to their constituents, eliminate barriers caused by dispersed population bases and natural physical obstacles.

Our seniors are also faced with a growing trend where their extended families no longer live with them or nearby, making it extremely challenging to keep in contact. With access to computers and trainers our seniors can regain some independence, confidence and sense of belonging.

Through this program computers were made readily accessible to seniors in the following communities;

Chateau Georgian Retirement Residence
Seniors’ Apartment Building at 217 Pine Street N.

South Porcupine
Spruce Hill Lodge

Smooth Rock Falls
Smooth Rock Falls Resource Centre

North Centennial Manor

Atelier des pionniers et des pionnières du Nord

Temiskaming Shores
Northdale Manor
Haileybury Public Library

Kirkland Lake
Teck Pioneer Residence
Teck Centennial Library

Temagami Public Library

Iroquois Falls
Iroquois Falls Public Library

Cochrane Public Library

The program relied on volunteer instructors to provide one-on-one training on computers basics, the Internet and email. All training manuals for students and instructors are invaluable resources in reaching the goals of the program. By January 2007, there were over 450 seniors registered in 11 communities with 60 volunteers providing the training to members of the senior community. Without these volunteers, this project would not have been a success.