Vancity Supports Persons with Physical Disabilities in Greater Vancouver

February 2, 2011

BURNABY, British Columbia, February 2, 2011 – At a cheque presentation on January 28th, Vancity (new window) presented the Neil Squire Society with a $10,000 community project grant for their Computer Comfort program in support of persons with physical From L ro R: Munesh (Neil Squire Society), Paul (Computer Comfort Tutor), Suzanne (Neil Squire Society), Patricia (Neil Squire Society), and Scott (Vancity)disabilities. This contribution marks the seventh consecutive year of support from Vancity (new window) and brings their total commitment to this program to $70,000.

The Computer Comfort program is designed for people with significant physical disabilities who have a desire to learn how to use a computer to achieve their individual goals, live more independently and further employment, education, and volunteer opportunities. Participants meet with a volunteer tutor once a week to work one-on-one on their own self-determined goals such as word processing, email, the internet, and social networking.

This funding will help us to serve persons with disabilities in the Lower Mainland who simply don’t have access to a computer and the benefits they bring,” said Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society. “The level of commitment that Vancity (new window) has show towards this program is tremendous and we’re grateful to have such strong support from them.

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About the Neil Squire Society

The Neil Squire Society is the only not-for-profit organization in Canada that for over 25 years has used technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with physical disabilities. The Society has developed innovative programs and services and some of the world’s leading edge assistive technology for people with physical disabilities. More than 20,000 people with disabilities in Canada have benefited from the work of the Society. With about fifty staff, the Neil Squire Society has offices and provides services to Canadian in Vancouver, Regina, Ottawa, Fredericton, and Moncton, as well as to many small communities across Canada via distance education.

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