Director of Community Investment Erin Walker from Telus explains how and why Telus is now supporting the Write to Read Project. Telus employees are heavily invested in community projects in British Columbia, such as providing tele-conferencing at the new Nooaitch library, located just outside of the town of Merritt. Click here for a video introduction. https://youtu.be/Ic1zClzBR-A
Members of the Royal Family officially openedthe new Write to Read library in Ditidaht, a small village on Vancouver Island, last summer. A video of that event has been produced and can be viewed at the link below. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Princess Sophie, Countess of
Wessex, cut the ribbon. A feat was held and a ceremony honoured the “champion” of the library, teacher Eva Clarke. Log on to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OROrvJsv73s
As a result of great work by our W2R team member Christoph Neufeld of Britco Structures, TELUS is now working with W2R to study the viability of connectivity for our First Nations communities.
This can mean that W2R libraries are becoming truly the hub and gathering place envisioned in earlier planning. Our implementation team is now working hard to set up our newest library, NOOAITCH. We are calling this library W2R Version 3.1 because NOOAITCH 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. TELUS is studying the viability of connectivity for the community that could enable video conferencing capabilities and allow NOOAITCH to be the prototype for future libraries..<
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.
TELUS has asked for coordinates of all our existing libraries,< to see what 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!