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General News · 27th September 2014
Ester
Hello, Cortes! Thank you to everyone who wanted to continue learning computer skills and programs throughout the Summer, when your gardens and swimming were probably also calling to you!

There have been some changes afoot to the WiFi Society programming, and we want to let you know what’s changing and what will stay the same.

Some of you have wondered if Susanna is leaving Cortes or ceasing to teach the WiFi computer tutorials. She is leaving her Literacy Outreach Coordinator position, as she wants to make space in her life for the business she is starting, but she will be staying on Cortes and continuing to teach the computer tutorials. So feel free to book a tutorial with her! We are super happy with Susanna as our Wifi Coordinator and she deserves a big THANK YOU!

Susanna much prefers you to call to book an appointment than email. Her number is 935-0347 (ask for Susanna). She can help you to learn most computer programs, cell phones, eReaders, tablets, and get to know how to operate your Mac or PC better. She can help you with online banking, answer most computer questions and if she doesn’t know the answer she will find out for you or with you. If you don’t know your keyboard shortcuts, she can teach you those and save you lots of time!

Many of you have wondered about the WiFi tutorials being so cheap, at only $5/hour. Does Susanna get paid!? Will the WiFi Society be able to continue to afford to offer these amazing tutorials?!? Well, rest assured that we do pay Susanna... we have been very lucky in 2013 to receive generous funding from The Seniors Society, CCCU Legacy Fund, GIA and LitNow. It is time to raise the price of the tutorials a little, so we can continue to offer this wonderful service to Cortes.

If you already have an appointment booked with Susanna, your appointment prior to October 1st will still be at the old price. After that WiFi tutorials will be going up to $10 for one hour of one-to-one beginner or intermediate computer help. We do not offer advance computer help at this time. If you cannot afford this, please just let Susanna know, and she will contact the board to see how we can help. We want the tutorials to be available to all of you.

Workshops will be no longer be a sliding scale, and will be $15 per person per one hour workshop, with a minimum of 4 people for a workshop. This means that from now on, we’ll need to get you to RSVP for your WiFi workshops! No worries, as we’ll remind you to do so when we advertise the workshops.

If you have a suggestion for a WiFi Workshop, please give Susanna a call! She’d love to hear your ideas... 0347

We’d also like to send a special thank you out to Eddie who has graciously taken on the task of keeping the WiFi Society computer stations clean and dusted in our friendly neighbourhood general stores during the summer.

We are working hard to secure more funding to keep our programming going for another year as we are passionate about computer literacy. Besides our programming we also have public computers that are available for your use at The Cortes Market, The Natural Food Co-op and at The Squirrel Cove Store. If you would like to make a donation to the Wifi Society, please contact Susanna or any of the board members.

We are excited and proud to the volunteer partner for SeaFest 2015! A huge thank you to all of you amazing people who have already promised to volunteer for the event, or at least be called back to see if the timing will work... you are all wonderful! Your efforts will help to continue the WiFi Society programs and computer stations into the next year. Thank you very much! If you have not told Susanna and volunteering for SeaFest is something you would like to help us with, please contact her to get onto the list.

The Cortes Community Wifi Society Board
Ruth Riddell
Yvonne Kipp
Doug Butt
Ester Strijbos

With Special Thanks to Susanna Bonner!!!!