In the most heartwarming story of the year, distributor D&H Canada and its association with the Connected North program spearheaded by Cisco Canada, supplied interactive video conferencing and collaboration tools to connect students in remote northern Aboriginal and Inuit communities with other students, instructors, subject matter experts and even healthcare practitioners across Canada.
Greg Tobin, general manager of D&H Canada, said the organization went out of its comfort zone to make Connected North happen for so many people who are not afforded the same level of education as the rest of Canadians.
“Our involvement was not about technology,” said Tobin in a previous interview. “We didn’t install or provide any equipment for this project.”
Instead, he said, D&H assumed the role of conducting fundraising and awareness activities in support of the program and to sponsor a Connected North installation in a particular school, the Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit, Nunavut. This included reaching out to its network of some 4,000 reseller partners, collecting donations during the company’s recent Montreal Technology Show and providing signage and informative video clips explaining how the program benefits students in Canada’s northern territory.