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Kids get a helping hand for going back to school with the Desjardins Tech Donation Program

Tech donation program

TORONTO – January 18, 2021 – Desjardins, in collaboration with EdCan, is pleased to announce that the following 20 schools were selected as the 2020 Desjardins Tech Donation Program recipients:

  1. École Saint David, Saint-David-de-Falardeau, Québec
  2. École Marie-Victorin-Longueuil, Longueuil, Québec
  3. École Notre-Dame-de-La-Sagesse, Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec
  4. École Intégrée de Namur, Namur, Québec
  5. Collège catholique Franco-Ouest, Nepean, Ontario
  6. FJ McElligott Intermediate School, Mattawa, Ontario
  7. Adamsdale School, Sudbury, Ontario
  8. Willow Road Public School, Guelph, Ontario
  9. Queen Elizabeth II Public School, Sudbury, Ontario
  10. John Diefenbaker Senior School, Hanover, Ontario
  11. Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, Newmarket, Ontario
  12. Osprey Central School, Maxwell, Ontario
  13. Centennial Public School, Ottawa, Ontario
  14. Geraldton Composite High School, Geraldton, Ontario
  15. Dr. F.J. McDonald Catholic School, Ottawa, Ontario
  16. École élémentaire publique Nouvel Horizon, Hawkesbury, Ontario
  17. Engaged Learners Program School, Egg Lake, Manitoba
  18. Britannia Secondary School, Vancouver, British Columbia
  19. Father Lacombe High School, Calgary, Alberta
  20. Carpathia School, Winnipeg, Manitoba

This new tech donation program for K-12 public schools across Canada, with funding provided by Desjardins and administered in collaboration with the EdCan Network, supports schools and students’ immediate need for technology, which has been exacerbated by the shifts to distance learning caused by the ongoing pandemic.

“As an organization who has supported communities for 120 years, Desjardins is committed to helping our youth reach their full potential through education,” says Marilyn Horrick, Senior Vice-President of the Ontario Market at Desjardins. “As students adjust to a different way of learning, our hope is that this program will help provide a more equitable learning environment and that access to technology doesn’t become a barrier to their academic success.”

“Over 400 applications received from educators and principals across Canada for 20 donations confirms the overwhelming need for significant technological investments in our classrooms to support our most vulnerable learners,” says EdCan Chair Denise Andre. “I applaud Desjardins for recognizing the urgency to close this growing access-to-technology equity gap. EdCan is pleased to continue supporting the growth of this important donation program in 2021.”

Desjardins has committed an additional $100,000 donation to continue this program next year and encourages all 2020 applicants to reapply once the 2021 Desjardins Tech Donation Program is relaunched next September.

To review the entire Desjardins Tech Donation program and the list of the 2020 donation recipients, please visit: https://www.edcan.ca/awards/desjardins-tech-donation-program/

About Desjardins Group

Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth-largest in the world, with assets of $349.9 billion. It has been rated one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms, and subsidiaries across Canada. Ranked among the World’s Strongest Banks according to The Banker magazine, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry.

About the EdCan Network

The EdCan Network has maintained its 129-year tradition as the only national, nonpartisan, bilingual organization representing 110,000 educators across Canada. Our role as an intermediary connects K-12 education systems across the country by producing and disseminating authoritative and evidence-based, yet accessible content that is trusted by educators, parents, and policymakers alike. EdCan aims to improve education policies that heighten equity and support deeper learning (i.e. ​a combination of the fundamental knowledge and practical basic skills all students need to succeed) and expanding the reach of educational resources to bridge the research-implementation gap. Learn more at ​www.edcan.ca or @EdCanNet.

Contact: Max Cooke, EdCan CEO (bilingual)

Tel: 416-591-6300 ext. 225 E-mail: ​mcooke@edcan.ca

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