News release: TELUS and Samsung donate laptops to Toronto Community Housing’s Art Expressions Program
TORONTO, July 26, 2021 — More Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) tenants will be able to explore learning opportunities online during the pandemic, aided by a generous donation of 30 laptops from Telus Corporation and Samsung Canada (Samsung). The donation was arranged by the City of Toronto's Strategic Partnerships Division.
Telus Corporation and Samsung are donating 30 laptops to TCHC, which will be provided to participants in an art expressions program for youth—a joint partnership between TCHC and Hart House (University of Toronto). The art expressions program will help participants complete their course work and explore new opportunities, while socially distancing. Some of the laptops will also go to high school students who have been studying from home during the pandemic and who are increasingly relying on virtual learning.
The City's Strategic Partnerships Division has been an unwaivering supporter of TCHC and has arranged previous donations to support tenants, including basketball nets and equipment for dozens of TCHC communities.
Throughout the pandemic, TCHC has received and redistributed many donations of equipment and household supplies to tenants throughout the city. TCHC staff have also conducted wellness checks on vulnerable and senior tenants, distributed groceries and organized in-building vaccination clinics with health partners in all 83 seniors-only TCHC buildings and in dozens of family buildings across the city.
"We thank Telus Corporation, Samsung and the City for their support of our tenants. During the pandemic, TCHC communities have really come together to help each other and, at the same time, corporations and the community at large in Toronto have also been very generous in providing a helping hand to those who need it."
– Sheila Penny, Acting President and CEO, TCHC
"I am very happy that TELUS was able to partner with Samsung and support the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. At TELUS, supporting meaningful change in our communities is at the heart of everything we do. That means ensuring equal access to technology, promoting its responsible use, and putting our world-leading solutions to work for good.
– Dan Quick, Vice President Consumer Marketing, Telus Corporation
"At Samsung, we aim to empower future generations to achieve their full potential through technology and education. We are proud to support this program and advance quality education and equal opportunity in Toronto."
– Jennifer Groh, Senior Director, Corporate Marketing and Citizenship, Samsung Canada
"The pandemic has had an impact on all of us but the impact on low-income, marginalized and residents from vulnerable communities has been the greatest. This donation by the Telus Corporation and Samsung Canada exemplifies the best in corporate philanthropy, investing in people who need support and helping our communities thrive together"
– Manjit Jheeta, Director, Strategic Partnerships, City of Toronto
About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider. Toronto Community Housing provides homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in neighbourhoods across the city. Toronto Community Housing is wholly owned by the City of Toronto and its 2,100 buildings represent a $10-billion public asset.
About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2021, Samsung was ranked as one of Canada's "Most Reputable Companies" in Léger's Corporate Reputation Study. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung's award-winning corporate giving initiatives support public education and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.