Alberta Securities Commission and ERA are Donating 90 Smartphones to Local Calgary Non-profits

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) partners with the Alberta Securities Commission to donate 90 iPhones and Samsung S8 devices to support the clients of CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) and the Brenda Strafford Society.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Calgary, AB (October 12, 2021)

The ERA is excited to announce the upcoming donation of 90 smartphones to two local non-profit organizations. Through the generous support of the Alberta Securities Commission, they will be providing 80 devices to the clients of CNIB and 10 iPhones to Brenda Strafford Society.

“For Canadians with sight loss, having access to a modern smartphone has allowed them to stay connected with loved ones while social distancing and to access virtual programming for continued education. We have shifted from a fast-paced, high touch environment to a virtual, no-touch world in the last year and a half, and technology is more important than ever. Smartphone apps allow our neighbours with sight loss to navigate their world safely and independently. Thanks to the Electronic Recycling Association and the Alberta Securities Commission, we will be able to continue providing this life-changing technology to Canadians with sight loss.” Diane Bergeron, Vice-President, International Affairs, and Acting ED of CNIB Foundation Alberta

“For women and children impacted by family violence, a cell phone is not just a convenience, it is a lifeline. This gift will ensure women can stay safe and connected to the vital services that make it possible to exit abusive homes.” Linda McLean, Executive Director, Brenda Strafford Society

Media is invited to attend.

Date: October 14th, 2021

Time: 12pm

Location: ERA – 803 48th Ave SE, Calgary, AB

About the Electronic Recycling Association

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing ‘digital divide’. For over fifteen years, ERA has offered simple solutions to help individuals and organizations prevent operational equipment from premature destruction. With a focus on recovery, refurbishment, and reuse, ERA continuously supplies charitable groups with donated IT equipment while securely managing the retiring IT assets of organizations and individuals across Canada.

About Alberta Securities Commission

The ASC is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the province’s securities laws. It is entrusted with fostering a fair and efficient capital market in Alberta and with protecting investors. As a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators, the ASC works to improve, coordinate and harmonize the regulation of Canada’s capital markets.

About CNIB

Founded in 1918, the CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors, and partners from coast to coast to coast.

About Brenda Strafford Society

The Brenda Strafford Centre serves people at risk of family violence by providing a safe housing environment and comprehensive support services for its residents so that they can live safely in the community upon their departure from the Centre.