Lockdown after rolling lockdown in 2021 meant that everyone across the country was forced to accept changing routines, cancelled plans, and the need to navigate technology, personally and professionally, in a new hybrid lifestyle.
Like many of you, the shifts and demands of the pandemic posed new challenges for our team and work. Challenges like reduced funding and navigating ever-changing school formats which meant fewer classroom visits and experiences delivered than in the past. The impact of the pandemic also posed many opportunities. As an organization, we remained steadfast in our commitment to our core value to keep ‘learners at the centre.’ For our learners, we worked to create a renewed sense of opportunity symbolized by the glow of their screens. It was a year focused on helping learners see that their capacity and drive have always been inside them, even though their tools to create or work might have changed.
Through exciting refreshed and new content, an online learning tool and thousands of virtual learning experiences, we helped learners see technology as a positive tool to create—create fun projects, create progress towards social change and/or create new opportunities for themselves and for others.
We’ve been so moved by the drive and creativity of our community and the positive impact our work has had on the lives of people in Canada. We’re honoured to share some of the many highlights and ‘magic moments’ from 2021 in this report with you.
We’d also like to acknowledge that this work continues to only be possible because of the immense passion, resolve, and collaboration of our team, our funders and our community of volunteers coast-to-coast-to-coast. Together, we advanced on our vision for Canada — one in which all people have the skills and confidence to harness the power of technology to create a better and more inclusive future. Thank you!