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Horizon Utilities helps refurbish computers for Hamilton students in need


December 16, 2016
By Renée Francoeur

Horizon Utilities PC technicians Stan Coulter (left) and Andrew Stelmach pose in a computer lab made possible through the partnership between Horizon Utilities and greenBytes. Photo courtesy Horizon Utilities.

December 16, 2016 – For over six years and counting, Horizon Utilities Corporation continues to usher in the holiday spirit by donating “retired” computer systems to St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton’s greenByte program, which then refurbishes and donates them to low-income families and children in need.

 
Horizon Utilities employees were at Cathy Wever Elementary School (in Hamilton, Ont.) recently to present 25 students with refurbished computer systems.
 
“Horizon Utilities is proud to assist in helping youth have equal access to technology and connectivity,” said Mario Cangemi, chief information officer at Horizon Utilities.  “It’s gratifying to know that through our retired computer system donations, we can help kids acquire the technological skills they will need to be successful as adults.”
 
In 2016, with Horizon Utilities’ support, St. Leonard’s greenByte program also provided every graduating Grade 8 student (66 in total) at Cathy Wever a laptop for high school.  In addition, 25 students at Hess Street Elementary School received computers, IT service was provided to the Wave afterschool program’s computer lab and 10 laptops were donated to an adult literacy program.
 
St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton’s greenByte program, a not-for-profit organization, states it has provided more than 4000 computer systems in the last 15 years to low-income families and children in Hamilton.



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