A few weeks ago Mary Chevreau, Chief Executive Officer of the Kitchener Public Library reached out to us with an offer to let us borrow 23 Chromebooks and 2 Wi-Fi hotspots. As public libraries are closed, the library preferred that the Chromebooks were loaned out to families in need instead of sitting unused.
This gesture came at the right time as we were looking to finding ways to support Newcomer families who were challenged by the lack of access to technology. Although School Boards had been reaching out to provide Chromebooks to older students, some families with younger children had been left without the technology to access online educational programs as well as newly arrived families who had recently moved into permanent accommodation after the school closures, and were unable to even enroll their children in school.
And many language classes had moved online, presenting a need for even adults to have access to a laptop and internet. We have been extremely grateful to the KPL and Mary and her staff who delivered the Chromebooks to 101 David. We thank them for their generosity, belief and understanding of the work we do to support those who are new to our community and in offering the kind of support that is invaluable.