Volume II Number 2
October 27, 1995


(From Industry Canada)

WINNIPEG, October 20, 1995 -- Secretary of State for Science, Research and Development Jon Gerrard today announced that Imperial Oil has become a key supporter of the national Computers for Schools Program.

Jon Gerrard

"I welcome Imperial Oil's contribution, which represents the single largest donation of surplus computers from the private sector to date," said Dr. Gerrard to the assembled members of the Science Teachers' Association of Manitoba. "I'd like to congratulate Imperial Oil for providing more Canadian school children with access to computers. It's this kind of community involvement that will help prepare them for the knowledge-based jobs of the future."

"For many years we have supported a large number of youth programs and activities, and now, we take great pride in assisting Computers for Schools," said Imperial Oil Senior Vice-President Brian Fischer. "Under the banner of Imperial's Esso Kids Program, we have contributed over one thousand surplus computers so far to assist Canada's schools in acquiring the technical capability so necessary to the effective education of our youth."

The Computers for Schools Program has been in operation for two years and in that time has delivered approximately eleven thousand computers and fifteen thousand software packages to schools and libraries across Canada. These results stem from close collaboration between federal, provincial and territorial governments and impressive contributions from the private sector. The Canadian Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America provides volunteer technical staff to collect, inspect, repair and distribute the surplus computers donated to the Program.

Computers for Schools is one of a number of initiatives managed by Industry Canada that promote a science, innovation and entrepreneurial culture in Canada.

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