Team members from BGC East Scarborough accept donations of Lenovo 100e Chromebooks from Best Buy Canada’s Geek Squad Agents.
TORONTO, ON (June 30, 2020) – This week Lenovo, in partnership with Best Buy Canada, delivered 650 100E Chromebooks to Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to help support the ongoing education of Canadian students.
The donation, which will distribute devices to kids at 61 Boys and Girls Club locations across Canada, comes at a time when connectivity is more important than ever. With closures of schools and community programming as a result of COVID-19, students are forced to turn to technology to remain engaged and complete their studies.
“COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on the importance of technology in education, but unfortunately, not all students have access to the devices needed to continue their studies at home,” said Colin McIsaac, executive director and general manager, Lenovo Canada. “The rapid transition from in-class to e-learning in our education system has highlighted the deep digital divide among students that is growing more rapidly due to the global pandemic. We are proud to be doing our part to help support their ongoing education by providing Chromebooks to these students.”
“Having had a strong partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada since 2001, we understand how much children and youth rely on the Clubs for support,” said Polly Tracey, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs at Best Buy Canada. “During COVID-19, our purpose of enriching lives through technology is more important than ever. We’re proud to be able to connect Boys and Girls Club families to technology when they need it most and we’re so pleased that Lenovo was keen to collaborate with us on this initiative.”
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada encourage and support every child and youth to play, learn and grow to achieve their dreams, through various programs that span beyond the traditional school year. Since the transition to e-learning as a result of COVID-19, the organization has ramped up its efforts to get much needed technology in the hands of students.
“We are grateful to Lenovo and Best Buy Canada for this important donation, which comes at a pivotal time for Boys and Girls Clubs youth across Canada, especially those who may not have the resources they need,” says Owen Charters, President & CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. “In addition to students’ ongoing studies, families are beginning to think about summer plans and activities for kids. Many of our Clubs have turned to virtual programming and these devices will help keep kids and teens connected so they can benefit from everything our Clubs offer.”
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About Best Buy Canada
A wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With over 170 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in total retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information, visit BestBuy.ca
Media Relations Manager, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Lisa Marie Ferrell
Head of PR, Lenovo North America