Community support and employee involvement
More than 700 at risk youth in two remote Canadian communities now have access to leading-edge technology
thanks to a grant made by HP Canada to the RCMP Foundation. Strengthening Remote Communities Through Technology
is a pilot project benefiting The Husky Centre Stadium and The Town Community Hall in Nain, Labrador, and The
Battlefords Boys and Girls Club in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
In Nain, 84 percent of the calls placed to the RCMP detachment are related to activities with the community’s
youth. The introduction of computers and adequate programming will help to keep the youth focused on constructive activities.
“This grant is a great beginning in our effort to divert youth toward positive activities and away from the
negative choices of alcoholism, drugs, violence and dropping out of school,” said Fred Semerjian, President &
CEO – RCMP Foundation.
Aboriginal Literacy Program
HP Canada donated equipment packages to two fly-in First Nations communities as part of an initial pilot to
increase the literacy and technology skills of local youth. The key objectives of the program are to establish
numeracy, literacy and technology skills development as well as positive social development goals. The systems
will be managed by educators in the north.
Waste Reduction Week in Canada
HP Canada has been a champion sponsor of Waste Reduction Week (WRW) for 7 consecutive years.
This longtime support helps schools, businesses and individuals across Canada organize local
waste reduction events and raise awareness about waste reduction in their communities. In addition
to sponsorship, HP offers many tools, free of charge, to help schools, businesses and individuals
reduce their impact on the environment. Free tools such as Smart Web Printing,
which helps save paper, ink & time, and the Power to Change
widget, which tracks energy and carbon emission reductions resulting from turning off idle computers
help make waste reduction easy for anyone. For more information on HP and Waste Reduction Week visit
World Wildlife Fund-Canada
HP Canada is helping Canadians reduce their footprint on the planet thanks
to a new grant to World Wildlife Fund-Canada. The generous grant, which includes a
funding and equipment package, supports WWF-Canada’s new online community
The Good Life. The site is a community for
Canadians who want to make simple but significant changes in their lifestyles that help
fight climate change and reduce their environmental impacts. On the site people can commit
to personal actions to reduce their impact on the planet, like taking transit to work, or
switching to compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs.
HP is a longtime supporter of Junior Achievement Worldwide
, a global education
and entrepreneurship training organization that fosters entrepreneurial energy
and socially responsible business practices in students.
n 2008 more than 1,000 grade eight students gained insight into how the
choices they make today could impact their lives in the future, when more than
100 HP Canada employees delivered Jr. Achievement’s “Economics of Staying in School”
(ESIS) program to schools in Ontario and Quebec. In addition to the volunteer component
of ESIS, HP Canada also contributed funding.
The United Way
The HP Canada tradition of commitment to the United Way is deeply entrenched. The 2008 campaign
saw more than one quarter of all HP Canada employees choosing to donate through on-line giving, national
auctions and a myriad of local events held across the country. HP increased the power of employee donations
through company matching. These funds will be reinvested by the United Way in local communities to support
programs and services directed at improving the social conditions of Canadians.
In 2008 HP Canada donated a package of laptop computers to the
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). The equipment will be used by CNIB rehabilitation
teachers and early intervention specialists to teach access technology to people with vision loss.
Each computer will be equipped with two software programs: a print program that magnifies what is typed,
and a speech output program which echoes each key as it is pressed. From these beginnings, the CNIB will
continue on to teach e-mail, basic file management, word processing and how to access the Internet.
Currently, the majority of adult computer training is done in classrooms within CNIB’s district
offices. The HP donation will enhance services to housebound people and to those who live in remote communities.
It will provide them with much-needed communication options, increase their computer skills and facilitate life-long
HP actively encourages employee volunteerism in the community through company-sponsored volunteer programs and
employee-initiated volunteer activities. The HP Canada Volunteer Program encourages personal involvement in
organizations whose goals are aligned with HP’s philanthropic goals, but for which company resources are not
provided. The guidelines allot a total of four hours a month with management approval.
HP Canada employees are also provided with many opportunities to develop their leadership and relationship
management skills through volunteerism. At major locations across Canada, there are site councils and various
social committees which plan, sponsor and deliver events and venues for employee networking, business and social