Surfing Seniors is an idea based on a group of seniors who met regularly during the winter of 2003 at KenNet. On Thursday, January 15, 2004, and continuing for the next three months, members met once a week for 2 hours at KenNet. Sessions will be on a variety of topics and activities depending on the interest of members.
Membership in the group is open to any senior who shares a keen interest in learning more about computers and technology. There will be a charge of $5 per session to cover incidental costs. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Ruby Cousins at (902)-836-4003 or KenNet. Attendance per session will be limited by available seats and sessions are offered independently.
Surfing Seniors is a project initiated by Ruby Cousins, a KenNet Board member, and supported by the Province of PEI through the Department of Development and Technology.
February 19th, 2004
During February 2004, the Surfing Seniors met at Kensington Intermediate Senior High School. There the classes were taught by Sally MacDonald, a KenNet board member, and her grade 10 computer class. There were lessons on word processing followed by one-on-one instruction by the grade 10 students. This proved to be an excellent learning experience for both classes.
Government Press ReleaseFriday, December 12, 2003
MINISTER ANNOUNCES IT GENERATION FUNDING
Mike Currie, Minister of Development and Technology, has announced funding for four groups under the IT Generation program.The IT Generation program is sponsored by Technology PEI and led by Future Tech West. It provides the means for groups to purchase equipment to maintain a functioning computer club. In the past, the program has funded 29 youth groups across the province. In this funding round, the program was extended to include seniors.
The two senior's groups receiving funding are: Surfing Seniors in Kensington and the 409 Queen Street Seniors Club from Charlottetown. The two youth groups receiving funding are: Youth in Action in Mt. Stewart and Kids Tech who will meet at " EasTech" in Cardigan. "In the past, computer clubs have been a way for youth IT clubs to meet regularly within their communities and take part in group activities and exchange IT related ideas," said Minister Currie." There has been a great deal of enthusiasm about this program among young people and I am pleased to see that seniors are also taking advantage of this opportunity."
Some activities that program participants have been involved in include web page design and interaction with other organizations who can benefit from the group's IT knowledge and expertise. While benefits for young people include job preparation and skills enhancement, seniors may wish to use their new IT skills to keep in touch with family and friends, troubleshoot technical problems or use their expertise to benefit service and volunteer groups.
Technology PEI is the Government of Prince Edward Island's lead agency in the development, adoption and use of information technologies in business and community in the province.