News Archive: Donation of 200 Laptops for Calgary’s Syrian Refugees

In June 2016, CFCC prepared 230 Siemens Canada’s decommissioned laptops for a donation in support of Calgary’s newest residents. CFCC volunteers, Siemens employees and Syrian families volunteered at a workshop to complete the refurbishment of the computers, which were distributed by the Centre for Newcomers and Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association.

The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, P.C., Member of Parliament, Calgary Forest Lawn joined the volunteers to test and clean the computers as well as customize the computers with both English and Arabic language capability.

“An old proverb says that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; but, if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime,” recalls Philip Schaus, President of Corporations for Community Connections.  “A computer is like a fishing boat, in that it’s an essential tool for self-sufficiency.”

The refurbishment process involves secure removal of all data from hard drives, as well as physical cleaning, installation of licensed software and testing.