The Electronic Recycling Association Partners with MLA Garry Begg to donate the gift of technology to a Surrey organization that establishes and nurtures co-operative enterprises with the youth.
Vancouver, BC (July 23rd, 2020) – The Electronic Recycling Association is excited to announce they will be donating to the Solid State Co-op and partnering with MLA Garry Begg to make this an extra special day. This organization will receive 12 laptops that they are providing to the youth participating in their program.
Dr. Matt Hern, Co-Director, Solid State Community Industries explained, “Solid State is very grateful to the Electronic Recycling Association for this donation. More and more, and especially now in times of Covid-19, it is essential that youth have quality laptops to work on. This donation is huge for us as many of our youth are lacking laptops of their own – and this will directly impact their educational possibilities and capacities. More than that, these laptops will be used by their siblings and families, as well as the larger Solid State community. From all of us, please accept our sincere gratitude! Much respect for all your work.”
“This is a terrific example of the Electronic Recycling Association’s ongoing commitment to reducing unnecessary electronic waste by donating much needed laptops to worthy causes. Solid State Community Industries is a group that works here in Surrey with youth from racialized migrant communities, to uplift and empower those who go on to make lasting, positive changes to our communities. I commend the ERA for their good work in helping Solid State to make this community and its people better,” said MLA Gary Begg.
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.
Solid State builds workers’ co-operatives with the youth in Surrey with the support of mentors, advisers and community partners to build “a solidarity economy hub and a network of worker-owned co-operative businesses.” More than a dozen Surrey students are learning about what it takes to start and operate a new business with a program offered in partnership with the Surrey School District.
Garry Begg was elected as the MLA for Surrey-Guildford in May 2017. He serves as the Government Whip. Garry was a career RCMP Officer serving in various locations and undertaking a wide variety of duties for over 38 years, the last eight in Surrey, where he was a District Commander, Watch Commander, and Operations Support Officer. His years of service and involvement in Surrey left him with a deep understanding of the issues facing the community and he entered politics as a means of continuing his public service. Garry, born and raised in Ontario, is married, with two adult children and two grandchildren.