Tech-centered '21st Century Rehab Project' Gives Calgarians with Disabilities a Boost

Press Release ( - CALGARY, Alberta - Aug 26, 2016 - The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has donated a truckload of IT hardware to the Rehabilitation Society of Calgary (Rehab Society) to replace the group’s obsolete equipment. With the help of volunteer IT expert Glen Martin to install the all new infrastructure, the Rehab Society now has current hardware for employees, the board, volunteers and members. The new technology also allowed the Rehab Society to complete a rebrand, including a brand new website, which the group has unofficially called their ’21st century rehab project’.

“We are really excited about this donation, the Rehab Society’s IT infrastructure needed a complete re-do, so there were some complex parts and systems required,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “The donation, coupled with Glen Martin’s volunteer efforts, have allowed the Rehab Society to update all of their hardware and even launch a website.”

The Rehab Society is a non-profit, member-owned organization, committed to helping persons with disabilities.

“We now have our new system all set up and operational, with several unanticipated benefits, including a website, a new newsletter, and much improved systems for the staff,” says Terri Vallance, special projects coordinator at Rehab Society.  “Our volunteer, Glen, has been astounding.  To date he has given us more than 360 hours.  Thanks to him, (and ERA’s donation) we were approved for a summer student who has developed the website and helped staff update computer skills on the new machines.  It has been busy and very exciting!”

Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story as ERA, the Rehab Society and Glen Martin officially unveil the new lab.

Date:          August 31, 2016

Time:          11:00 AM

Location:     The Rehabilitation Society of Calgary

         #7-11th Street N.E.
​          Calgary, AB

Attendees:  Kristi Gartner, marketing and communications manager, ERA

         Terri Vallance, special projects coordinator, Rehab Society

         Glen Martin, IT volunteer, Rehab Society

         Members of the Rehab Society

About the Electronics Recycling Association

Established in 2004, the ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. With reuse being the ERA’s top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items are transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. The ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike.

About The Rehabilitation Society of Calgary

The Rehabilitation Society of Calgary is a member-owned organization dedicated to people with disabilities. They are non-profit organization based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada focused on supporting people by providing them access to social, educational, and basic life skills, as well as allow them to access various community programs.

The day to day requirements of the facility, such as janitorial, reception and kitchen operations are performed by the members with assistance from the on-site staff. This concept gives the members of the Rehabilitation Society a great deal of pride in what they are able to accomplish.

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Media enquiries may be directed to:

Kristi Gartner

Marketing and Communications Manager

Electronic Recycling Association

Phone: 403-585-3589

Terri Vallance

Special Projects Coordinator

The Calgary Rehabilitation Society

Phone: ​403-263-8341

Source : Electronic Recycling Association

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