NATIONAL CHARITY OF CHOICE – SKY’S THE LIMIT
The CIO Association of Canada is pleased to announce Sky’s The Limit as its national charity of choice. Through this partnership, both organizations can achieve their missions of developing the next generation of IT leaders.
The CIO Association of Canada’s mission is to facilitate networking, sharing of best practices and executive development, and to drive advocacy on issues facing IT Executives/CIOs. Sky’s the Limit’s mission is to provide laptops to youth in need in order to enable their IT skills development, career opportunities and support their journey as the next generation of IT leaders in Canada. Their goal is that every youth in Canada who needs a laptop has one.
3800 computers placed to date!
What the CIO Association of Canada is doing:
It has been the tradition of the CIO Association of Canada to support a charity with an IT focus in lieu of providing speaker gifts at its annual conference the CIO Peer Forum. In 2014 the Association again supported Sky’s the Limit through to donation of 12 Samsung Galaxy tablets. The tablets are destined for the Pathways to Education Program in Scarborough Village. Here is what Pathways to Education put in their application:
Pathways has several locations and have requested that the tablets go to their Scarborough Village location. Below is what this location wrote in their application for computers last year for some more background:
“The Pathways to Education Program in Scarborough Village runs tutoring and mentoring programming for registered students every weeknight during the academic year. As a component of the tutoring program, students work with volunteer tutors on course work, projects, research, study skills, reports and exam preparation.”
Andrew Dillane, former CIO Association President, named Project Champion
CIOCAN Past President Andrew Dillane has been named project Champion for our relationship with Sky’s the Limit. “This charity has long been a favourite of mine. I was introduced by my former colleague who founded “Sky’s the Limit”. Since it’s inception, this charity has changed the lives of so many students who have been restricted in their access to all things digital due to a lack of hardware. True, there are public facilities that offer access, but this is very cumbersome and slow for the modern student. I am very pleased that the CIO Association Board has voted to make this relationship formal, and I look forward to handing over the first batch of tablets to students in September.”
This is some feedback from some of the recipients:
“Thank you very much. I really appreciate the computer and it will really help me instead of going to the library to use the computers. This is a great advantage for me because I am in high school and they expect everything to be typed, not hand written.”
“I wish to send my sincere gratitude to you for offering various youth in Regent Park an opportunity to have computers and be able to join the advancement of technology. We will now be able to be at the same level with our colleagues at school and elsewhere. It is much appreciated.”
“Thank you so much for allowing me to have the opportunity to have a computer so I can have the ability to do much better in school. With the new computer I will be able to prepare presentations, research topics and create programs for my computer science class.”
What can you do?
If your organization is going to be retiring laptop computers or tablets, contact Sky’s the Limit (STL) to see how to make a donation. STL operates across Canada and will surely find worthy recipients in your geography.
Together, let’s make our youth more ready to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Contact Sky’s The Limit:
When you contact Sky’s The Limit, please refer to the partnership with the CIO Association of Canada.