As a result of great work by our W2R team member, Christoph Neufeld of Britco Structures, TELUS has now come on board as a Partner with W2R. They are going to help with connectivity for our First Nations communities plus work with us and their relationship with CISCO to enable our communities to have the ability to video conference from our libraries.
The decision was made during a meeting with Jamie Hammond, Executive Director of Government House and Private Secretary to the Lt. Governor. Two key members attended from TELUS, Jeremy Pedder, Director of Sales and Business Solutions plus Erin Walker, Director, Community Investment, TBS Market Development.
This means that W2R libraries are becoming truly the hub and gathering place envisioned in earlier planning. Our implementation team are now working hard to set up our newest library, Nooiatch. We are calling this library W2R Version 3.1 because Nooiatch will become our template for future libraries. Each will contain a computer lab, a tablet lab, video conferencing, and a fully stocked Aboriginal library along with other books. The modular building that Britco has supplied to the Canada Winter Games will be the structure will use for our Version 3.1.
Sue Sterling and Andrea Inwards from the Merritt Sunrise Club are the spark plugs for this project and have already secured funding from both the Merritt Clubs (Sunrise and Noon club) to purchase aboriginal books plus the furniture to go into the building. Our implementation team of Christoph Neufeld, Brian Van Sickle, Margaret Fletcher and Bob Blacker will be going up to Merritt to meet with the community to confirm the final configuration for the library. New partner TELUS will attend and become a permanent member of our implementation team.
Our TELUS team has asked for coordinates of all our existing libraries, to see what the connectivity they currently possess. We will build our future network from there. For the libraries already functioning, we will verify if we can also install video conferencing and tablet labs. So, another giant step for the entire Write to Read Project!