Access to Information & Communication
Young girl working on laptop in classroom
Internet, data and technology can unlock possibilities for education, employment and many other aspects of society. It can also create connectivity and reduce isolation for those who live apart from their loved ones. ATB partners with innovative organizations that aim to increase the wellbeing of individuals, communities and the province.
The challenges we need help solving:
- How might we ensure that ALL Albertans have access to a reliable broadband connection?
- How might we enable all Albertans to have equitable access to essential technology in order to: improve connectivity, increase access to education and employment, and reduce isolation?
Recent initiatives and partnerships
Water Valley Public Library: Keeping the town of Water Valley moving
As an isolated town with hilly terrain, Water Valley had hit-and-miss Internet access. The situation became critical when COVID-19 forced working and learning from home. The local library quickly became the hotspot for reliable Internet access, but it was only able to open two days a week. ATB donated to Water Valley’s fundraiser to keep the library open five days a week so residents could stay connected.
Silvera for Seniors: reducing isolation during the pandemic
With important Active Aging activities on hold, and with visitors and outings no longer allowed due to COVID-19, the Silvera seniors were disconnected from favourite pastimes, loved ones, friends and even their health care providers.
ATB’s Urgent Needs Committee was formed to address pandemic-induced needs just like this one. The committee heard about the seniors experiencing these hardships, and Silvera offered a creative, technological solution we could help bring to life. By combining our donation with donations from other local businesses, Silvera was able to purchase tablets for the residents.
Thanks to ATB’s donation, Silvera’s residents are now able to connect with their support networks easily and often. They have also been able to have some fun on YouTube and participate once again in their therapeutic group activities (albeit virtually).