Tech Donation to Enhance Job-Skills Training for Disadvantaged Manitobans

Press Release ( - WINNIPEG, Manitoba - May 25, 2016 - The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will deliver a donation of 30 computers to EDGE Skills Centre (Edge) on May 30th, 2016 that will be used to build a new computer lab for the non-profit’s employment preparation and job skills training program.

“We are thrilled to provide a new computer lab for Edge, who provide an invaluable service to low-income Manitobans to help them find long-term employment and subsequently, independence” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “This is a really great example of a win-win situation: unwanted tech gets refurbished and reused by people who really need it to access opportunities most of us take for granted.”

Edge is a non-profit, charitable organization that assists individuals challenged by unemployment through comprehensive employment training. Their year-long training program helps upwards of 70 disadvantaged individuals each year, in addition to countless others, who receive resume-writing assistance and short-term counseling.

“Having access to technology, whether to identify employment opportunities, improve keyboarding and basic computer skills or to master business applications such as Microsoft Office is critical to our clients’ success in our Career Program” says Miles Murphy, executive director of Edge. “The computers we currently use in our program have reached the end of their useful life and have been in need of replacement for some time.  We are grateful to ERA for being able to help us to obtain up-to-date, recycled computers so that we can continue to meet our clients’ needs.   Our work, to help low-income and disadvantaged people in our community to obtain long-term meaningful employment would not be possible without the generous help of organizations like ERA”

Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story as ERA presents Edge with 30 computers.

Date: Monday, May 30, 2016

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: EDGE Skills Centre Inc.
Centre 24/7, 533 ST. Anne’s Road
Winnipeg, MB

Attendees: Miles Murphy, Executive Director, Edge

Kristi Gartner, Marketing and Communications Manager, ERA

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 a decade, 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.

About EDGE Skills Centre

EDGE Skills Centre Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the employment and educational needs of adults in Winnipeg. Their full service, community-based programs help clients improve their quality of life through ongoing support and referrals to other service agencies. The EDGE Career program is a full-time employment preparation and job skills training program.  The program includes essential skills, employment training, and computer skills training.

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Media enquiries may be directed to:

Kristi Gartner

Marketing and Communications Manager

Electronic Recycling Association

Phone: 403-262-4488

Miles Murphy

Executive Director

EDGE Skills Centre Inc.

Phone: 204-254-1618 ext. 213

Source : Electronic Recycling Association

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