Tech charity helps connect OCH seniors 

Connected Canadians volunteers led the second in a series of five workshops aimed at helping seniors in OCH communities access a world outside their window at 31 McEwen Avenue on February 8. 

The five workshops are being held in OCH communities across the city, thanks to a partnership with Connected Canadians.  

For founder Emily Jones Joanisse, Connected Canadians is about levelling the playing field.  

“Technology is part of everyday life; it keeps us connected to each other and the world around us. Today, digital literacy skills are essential for everyone and older adults are no exception. We founded Connected Canadians because we believe digital literacy is a human right and no one, regardless of age, should be left behind,” she said.  

The training is done one-on-one, so there is a limit of 10 people for each session. 

One resident who did the training on November 16 said it is becoming more and more difficult for older adults who do not know how to navigate technology. 

“Most billing is done online, which can be a real barrier,” she said.  

The partnership with Connected Canadians is just one way OCH works with partners to help residents access the online world.  

OCH also works with Rogers and National Capital Freenet on low-cost internet solutions for residents. 

“Opening up the digital world to those who find technology challenging is invaluable. Being connected online has so many benefits, including breaking down social barriers and linking tenants to one another,” said Stéphane Giguère, CEO for OCH. 

STAY TUNED FOR A WORKSHOP IN YOUR COMMUNITY 

Three more workshops are planned between March and September this year.  

We will let you know when a workshop is coming to your community through our social media, the newsletter and posters in your building’s lobby. For information on Connected Canadians, visit www.connectedcanadians.ca/ 

  Volunteers from Connected Canadians help seniors at 280 Montfort Street learn how to use devices, such as smart phones and laptops.

Volunteers from Connected Canadians help seniors at 280 Montfort Street learn how to use devices, such as smart phones and laptops.

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