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We’ve chosen to dedicate our corporate giving to programs which support scholastic success. It’s important to us that Canadian youth from coast to coast have access to the resources and tools they need to reach their academic goals. It’s the impetus behind the Rogers Youth Fundprogram. When YWCA Moncton’s very own Beth Lyons, Youth Programs Manager, told us how essential Rogers Youth Fund support was to her Youth Thrive programming, we once again had proof that we were making a difference. It’s a good feeling.
We asked Beth to talk about the important work done within the YWCA’s Youth Thrive program. Here’s what she had to say:
Why are programs that centre around academic success important to YWCA Moncton?
The academic success of the pre-teens and teens we work with is critical, because it will have a direct effect on their earning power and quality of life down the line, once they reach adulthood. It’s also tied into self-esteem: doing well in school is perceived as a measure of success. There is an element of shame associated with doing poorly in school. We want all our youth to face the world with strong self-esteem.
What is Youth Thrive?
The YWCA’s Youth Thrive program supports academic support for youth – both girls and boys – in the Moncton community. It involves two streams: Techno Tutoring and On My Way.
Can you explain each?
Techno Tutoring is for middle school girls and boys. Our paid tutors work twice a week with students in two schools who are chronically below grade level and really need extra support. Rogers funding also allowed us to purchase iPads, e-readers and LED tablets, all of which not only help learning, but also help remove the stigma that could otherwise have been associated with the program. Techno Tutoring sessions have become a place all students wish they could be. Finally, by entrusting these students, many of whom come from economically disadvantaged homes, with technology they might not otherwise have access to, we’re sending them a message of empowerment. They know we trust them to handle this equipment and it’s a much-needed boost to their self-esteem.
On My Way is a program for high school girls. Again, the focus is on academic success. We work with students who are performing below grade level and at risk of dropping out. The girls meet with us once a week for a full hour, and have access to iPads and e-readers. They also get the support they need to help them deal with the pressures of their lives, thanks to their ongoing relationships with tutors whose salaries are paid for by Rogers Youth Fund. It makes a huge difference to be able to count on the continued presence of paid staff.
What kind of difference do you think this makes in the lives of the young people you work with?
We worked with one boy who was reading well below grade level. All his friends were into the Hunger Games trilogy, and he wasn’t able to join in the conversation about this popular series because he found reading too hard. We were able to set him up with a Kobo e-reader and an iPod-enabled audio book. Having the audio took some of the pressure off. He was able to listen to the book and follow along with the e-reader, much as if it were close captioning. Not only was he able to discuss the book with his peers, but his reading skills improved.
Another young woman we’ve worked with was coming up to the deadline for her high school equivalency, and it was obvious she wouldn’t get there on her own. We set up her with one of our tutors, who helped her prioritize and understand her work. She graduated on time as a result.
Our thanks to Beth for taking the time out of her busy schedule to speak with us. Do you have any questions for us about the work we support through Rogers Youth Fund?
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Let’s talk colours. Bold colours. Yellow makes us happy, pink calms us and white is fashionable any time of the year. Bright colours can make us hungry – don’t you want these macaroons now? Even 4-year-olds battle over their morning wardrobe choices, because the right colour can make or break an outfit.
We’re celebrating colour at Rogers with our bright new Nokia Lumia 920 series and asked Dudeman, a Toronto graffiti artist, to create a mural inspired by the devices. He took a few minutes away from painting to share by email his thoughts on colour, street art and technology.
How did you get into graffiti art?
I’ve always wanted to have control over my own work. Back in 1984 I found a loose page which had fallen out of the book “Subway Art” by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. It was incredibly inspiring and I would have to say that was my strongest influence. I eventually moved into a huge warehouse studio when I was 20 and from there I started working on a much bigger scale – THAT spoke to me immensely.
Do you think growing up in Toronto has influenced you and your art?
It’s hard to say for sure. Seeing the Flatiron Building or the Henry Moore sculpture outside the AGO are definitely things which left a mark on me as a child.
What is your favourite colour?
That’s not a question to which I can provide a direct answer, but I can tell you that when I was a child starting out on this lifelong quest, whenever I would set out to do a project, it was always two of each colour used: red, orange, yellow, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, pinks, purples, plus a black and a white. Always BIG COLOUR!
How do colours talk to you?
I am definitely NOT afraid of colour. Colour needs to be balanced and this is not something which I can communicate with words, I’m too busy with my hustle otherwise known “as in the zone.”
I’ve seen on your website that you go beyond graffiti. You’ve decorated furniture and made installations for fashion retailers. How is creating graffiti on the street different from working for a brand?
You earn your keep, build your reputation by pioneering your style and honing your craft on the streets. This is a constant evolution for any artist. There’s no textbook which dictates how and where you should proceed after that. Some graffiti writers don’t believe in doing commercial work, but if you spend your life trying to impress other people, then whose life are you living in the end? Follow your passion and be true to yourself.
The great thing about doing work for clients is that there are two entities at play here, your artwork (which is the only thing which will speak for you once you have left the room) and the art of business. Put yourself to the test, step up your game and give your client the best experience you can, integrity goes a long way in life.
You’ll walk away proud.
How do you integrate technology and innovation into your work?
I have a huge digital background. The most important thing in life is to be diverse. My father taught me that, “The more skills you have, the more choices you’ll have in life.” When times are slow, I am able to switch gears while maintaining a forward momentum. I’m able to superimpose my work onto photographs (of a client’s home, etc.) in order to showcase to my clients what my art can look like in their environment and that is a tool I can use in order to put us on the same page
What advice would you give students who want to become artists?
Joe Jobs are not below you. Earn your keep, just keep at it because you can’t place this much effort and passion into your craft without gaining results eventually. Seek out willing mentors, ask questions, take chances and above all be true to yourself … it WILL eventually come if you follow those rules.
Forward not straight.
Windows Phone 8 is all about colour: the user interface is super bright and the devices are available in a flashy yellow, fireman red or an elegant white. So what happened when Dudeman painted his mural? Find out here! Inspired to paint your own colourful digital mural? Here’s how!
Please link back to your murals in the comments, we want to see your colours!
Elise is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
Roaming questions? Our Rogers expert has the answers: “Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert” event March 7th
When you have a question, isn’t it great to be able to turn to an expert? We think so. That’s why we’re launching Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert events through our community forum. Spring break’s fast approaching, so we’ve decided to kick off this forum chat series tomorrow with roaming.
What: Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert roaming online forum chat event
When: Thursday March 7th, 1pm to 3pm (ET)
Where: the Rogers Community Forums
Who: Donavan Beth, Director Roaming & Long distance
Tech Essentials is a new program that provides Canadians with a deeper understanding of how to safely and properly use today’s technology. The Tech Essentials website does a great job of answering some of our customers’ most frequently asked questions about roaming, but at tomorrow’s Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert event you’ll be able to chat directly with our guest expert, Donavan Beth, Director Roaming & Long distance at Rogers about the specific questions you’d like answered.
Looking for inspiration?
How about asking Donavan for tips to help you maximize your data usage while travelling? Or about the ways we’ve simplified our roaming offerings? If you’re getting ready to roam with your Rogers phone, Donavan’s the perfect person to chat with to make sure you’re armed with all the knowledge you need to for a smooth travelling experience.
Donavan’s looking forward to share his insight and knowledge on these and other roaming-related topics with you, so come check out our first Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert event tomorrow.
About our roaming expert:
Donavan Beth is a 13-year veteran of the telecom and high-tech industries. Since 2007, he’s worked at Rogers Communication in the Roaming and Long Distance department, where he manages Rogers and Fido retail pricing and travels the world to negotiate roaming wholesale contracts with wireless operators and partners.
Whether it’s bank statements or utility bills, paperless billing is becoming increasingly common. At Rogers, we believe that paperless billing is the way to go for a bunch of reasons. For one, it reduces paper, which saves trees and the environment. You may have seen a bill message related to online billing with your latest Rogers invoice. Let’s have a look at what’s changing:
$2 Paper Invoice Fee
We implemented a paper invoice fee back in August 2011 for new wireless customers or existing wireless customers who made certain changes to their account. We recently reached out to any of our existing wireless customers who haven’t made one of those changes to their account and asked them to make a choice: (i) enroll in online billing for free, or (ii) continue with paper invoices for a monthly fee. Should you decide to continue with paper invoices, you’ll be charged a $2 per month paper invoice fee (plus applicable taxes) starting on your first invoice on or after April 9, 2013.
How do I enroll in online billing?
To switch to online billing, just set up and login to your My Rogers account and select “Enroll in Paperless billing.” For more information, go to www.rogers.com/onlinebilling
Is Online Billing Mandatory?
You always have a choice to enroll in online billing or continue with paper bills. Go to www.rogers.com/contactus to speak with a customer service representative or reach out to us on Twitter via @RogersHelps to discuss your options.
How do I know if online billing is the right option for me?
Only you know if you can do without your paper invoice. Know that by switching to online billing, not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, you’ll also be able to take advantage of other benefits, like:
- Anytime, anywhere online access, 24/7
- Up to 18 months of billing history in one convenient location
- Detailed billing and easily downloadable for further analysis
Why are you making this change?
As a company, we care about the environment and our goal is to reduce as much paper waste as possible. Encouraging customers to make the choice to go paperless is part of our ongoing effort to be more environmentally conscious. In fact, Rogers saved more than 992,000kgs of paper by issuing online versus paper bills in 2012. We’ve also reduced our own internal paper usage by 19 per cent in 2011.
We’ve also made significant enhancements to our online customer portal, and now offer additional tools and resources to help you better manage your bill and accounts online. Remember, you can always download and print your bill through the online portal.
If you’ve already made the switch, do you encourage your friends to go paperless?
Brooke is a new contributor to the Redboard blog. Welcome Brooke!
We’ve been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2013 by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The award recognizes companies for their leadership in creating a diverse environment for their employees, customers and communities. We’re on the list and excited and proud to be there!
Diversity is integral to our overall talent management strategy. Hiring thousands of Canadians every year and building diverse high performing teams is an on-going focus and essential to the company’s success. In line with this, we have a multi-year diversity plan that is developed and championed by the company’s most senior leaders as well as employees.
Focusing on Diversity helps us to build better teams and we’re always looking for ways to attract the best talent for Rogers. Creating a culture of inclusiveness is important to ensuring our employees feel engaged every day when they come to work.
To help us achieve this goal we focus on many initiatives. Here are a few we’re proud to highlight:
- We recently partnered with Pride at Work Canada, and will be working with them to help us strengthen our initiatives in promoting inclusiveness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) employees at Rogers.
- OMNI Ontario funds the John Webb Graham Q.C. Rogers Multicultural Scholarship which provides four-year tuition to three first-year students in the School of Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University. Awarded annually, this entrance award is based on ethnocultural or native background, academic proficiency and career aspirations.
Employee Retention and Development
- We’ve created the Rogers Women’s Network (RWN), a strong employee resource groups which focuses on helping female managers build the leadership skills and networks they need to transition into the next level of their careers. The RWN works very closely with Canadian Women in Communications to bring additional resources to the women at Rogers.
- In 2012 we created the Rogers Employee Volunteer Program. As part of this program employees are invited to take time off work and use it towards a volunteer experience, either with an organization affiliated with our own Rogers Youth Fund or with another registered charity of their choice.
- We offer a number of amenities for those who require alternative accommodation, designed to improve workplace diversity and inclusiveness for our employees in designated groups. Examples include family care rooms for nursing mothers, computer software systems to assist visually impaired employees, and faith rooms which allow for private observance.
We’re working on plenty of new initiatives to further promote and support a diverse and inclusive environment at Rogers. We’ll be rolling out these initiatives in line with our Diversity roadmap and strategy and communication is one of our top priorities so expect to hear more from us in the coming months.
How do you stay connected with Rogers? Follow us @RogersCareers!
Liz is a new contributor to the Redboard blog. Welcome Liz!
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Fear not! We’ve got a great list of resources on where you can get help if you need it, and learn tips and tricks to get the most out of your BlackBerry 10 experience.
Rogers was the first to sell BlackBerry products more than 10 years ago, which means our staff knows BlackBerry inside and out. Pop in to a store near you to talk to one of our in-store reps who have been trained on BlackBerry 10 with your questions. We also offer in-store learning sessions. Stay tuned for BlackBerry 10 dates.
Looking for some quick tips and tricks? You can find them here.
Rogers TechXpert for Wireless
Rogers TechXpert for wireless is an exclusive service for Rogers customers which offers extended wireless device support live online or by phone whenever you need it. Rogers customers who bought their Z10 on select 3-year plans get 1 month free of Rogers TechXpert for wireless service.
How-tos from Connected Rogers
From setting up your Z10 to using the browser on BlackBerry 10 to using BlackBerry10 Time Shift Mode to get the perfect shot, Connected Rogers has you covered on BlackBerry 10 with all kinds of how-tos.
Ask the Rogers Community
Did you know Rogers has community forums where Rogers customers can chat with other customers to get answers to common questions, problems and issues? On our BlackBerry specific forum, users have been discussing the type of media card needed for a Z10.
The BlackBerry blogger community
There are many BlackBerry blogs and communities on the web where you can find information on the new operating system, and also a community of BlackBerry fans, just like you! Over at CrackBerry.com, they’ve posted a number of how-tos since launch day last week. BlackBerry OS also has a 101 section that’s full of BlackBerry 10 information.
BlackBerry on the web, Twitter and YouTube
Of course, BlackBerry has a support tab on their website, where you can get all help with your new device. BlackBerry also has a wide variety of videos available on their YouTube channel with tips and tricks, and even BlackBerry’s commercial from this year’s Super Bowl.
On Twitter? You’ll want to follow @BlackBerryHelp. Not only do they answer customers’ questions via this account, they also regularly post great tips on how to get the most out of your BlackBerry 10. You can also visit BlackBerry’s blog, Inside BlackBerry.
And of course, you can always share your tips and tricks here. What’s the best thing you’ve learned on BlackBerry 10 so far?
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Sarah is regular Redboard contributor.
While it may be cutting it a little close to order a bouquet of flowers to send to your sweetheart, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something to let your Valentine know you’re thinking of them. Here are five (from the heart) ideas:
A gift from the heart of the kitchen
Whether it’s cooking or a heartfelt craft, our friends at Chatelaine have some great last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas. Cook a special dinner or breakfast. Don’t have a significant other? No worries! Chatelaine has a great dinner party idea for you to throw with your friends.
Curl up with a romantic movie
After your meal, why not curl up on the couch with your sweetheart and throw on a romantic movie? Rogers Anyplace TV has a whole romance section to find the movie that’s perfect for the two of you. You can also check out our special Valentine’s Day movie listing on Rogers on Demand (Channel 100).
Make your love into a meme
Make a mixed tape
Sure, cassette tapes don’t really exist anymore, but you can take the teenage tradition of making a mixed tape full of songs expressing your love for your significant other into the 21st century by making a playlist. Use streaming sites such as Rdio, GrooveShark or Songza, or simply create one in iTunes with music you already own. Want to step this one up? Ask your Valentine to dance with you after your dinner.
Send a special photo album
Are you both on Instagram? Why not check out Lovestagram? The site was created
by for an Instagram co-founder by his girlfriend a couple of years ago as a special Valentine. for his Valentine. The site uses the Instagram API to connect two people. After plugging in your username, and your partner’s username, photos that feature the two of you will appear. You can choose to send you partner all the photos or just one on one of three special Valentine’s Day themed backgrounds.
How are you planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Sarah is a regular Redboard contributor.
Update: Ooops! We got it wrong! It was Kaitlyn Trigger who developed Lovestagram FOR her boyfriend Instagram creator Mike Krieger, and not the other way around. According to TechCrunch, the marketing director learned to program in order to surprise Krieger with this special Valentine. Now if that isn’t true love, we don’t know what is!
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February 10th marks the Lunar New Year. This holiday is narrated by powerful mythology and traditions which are centuries old, and continue to carry significance in this day and age. I happen to be very passionate about all things astrological, evidenced by the fact that I often frequent a handful of horoscope apps on my phone.
I recently downloaded the free Chinese Horoscope app and I’ve been uncovering the background of my animal zodiac, the Ox, particularly how its forecast relates to the 2013 Year of the Snake. Speaking of apps, a quick search on my phone reveals a wide selection of cool apps you can download for free to digitally bring in the New Year. Categories range from ringtones, wallpapers, greeting cards to my favourite find- the Chinese New Year Photo Booth app, you can insert frames, images, lanterns and stamps onto your photos.
Many people will be celebrating the Lunar festivities in various ways, here’s what you can expect from Rogers:
You can also tune into the free previews that are currently on your TV. I’ve outlined the channel names and numbers below.
Free previews on your TV:
|New Tang Dynasty||
|Channel V Taiwan||
|Star Chinese Channel||
|Star Chinese Movies 2||
Available to Ontario Rogers Digital TV subscribers
Unlimited long distance calling to landlines in over 25 countries for $20, including China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan with Rogers One Number
- Purchase the Rogers One Number International Long Distance Add on to catch up with loved ones overseas
- The main reason I love Rogers One Number is unlimited talking and texting to any Canadian wireless number no matter where you are, at no additional cost from your computer or tablet
Free Lai See packs at select Rogers retail locations across Canada
Request to receive a free Lai See pack from a rep in the store, the picture included in this post depicts what it looks like. Typically these packs come in the form of a small envelope with brightly coloured designs, like red and gold variations.
As one of the most ancient creatures, the snake embodies great wisdom and is both feared and venerated. I like the analogy of the snake shedding its skin; this year will be characterized by peeling away old habits and starting fresh with new goals and ambitions. In other words, a time for reflection and thoughtful resolutions.
What is your favourite aspect of the Lunar New Year?
Kaili is a regular contributor to the Redboard blog.
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Update: This morning, 20 Rogers customers who were among the first in the world to reserve their BlackBerry 10 Z10 on the Rogers Reservation System, were among the first in Canada to purchase the Z10. Both Nadir Mohamed, Rogers president and CEO, and Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry president and CEO, were in attendance to mark the occasion. You can take a look at the morning’s happenings by pressing the replay button below!
It’s a really exciting morning here for us on RedBoard. Not only are we running our very first live blog, but we’re doing it to follow some of the first customers picking up a BlackBerry Z10! The fun starts shortly after 8 am.
Back in December, Rogers customers were the first to be able to reserve the new BlackBerry 10 devices. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the BlackBerry Z10 will be in stores in 6 days!
Want an inside look at the new BlackBerry 10? Check out the video below:
The wait is almost over
The BlackBerry Z10, a new all-touch device, will run on Rogers’ LTE network. It will be available at Rogers retail and dealer locations across Canada beginning on February 5th, and starting at $149.99 with select 3-year plans. If you prefer a more traditional QWERTY-keyboard device, the BlackBerry Q10 is the BlackBerry 10 device for you – coming to Rogers in 2013
For more than 10 years, Rogers has been selling BlackBerry devices to Canadians. We were the first to launch BlackBerry services worldwide, and have the largest base of BlackBerry users in Canada. We’re happy to continue our tradition of innovation. Being a Rogers BlackBerry 10 customer means:
- Access to Experts: Our employees are trained and ready to get you started on BlackBerry 10, ensuring your transition is easy and flawless;
- Exclusive applications: You’ll also have access to exclusive Rogers applications like Rogers Anyplace TV, Rogers One Number, My Account, Sportsnet, and coming soon, Smart Home Monitoring;
- LTE-powered: Both the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10 BlackBerry 10 devices run on the Rogers LTE network. Unleash the BlackBerry 10 on Rogers LTE, Canada’s fastest wireless internet*, and you’ll be able to access files, download documents, stream video content and music at faster speeds. The Rogers LTE network is available in select Canadian cities; visit rogers.com/lte for coverage details.
We’ve got some more news for BlackBerry enthusiasts
As of January 31st, current Rogers customers can beat the line and pre-register for the Q10, a QWERTY-keyboard BlackBerry10 device, through the Rogers Reservation System.
What new feature excites you most about BlackBerry 10?
Sarah is a regular Redboard contributor.
*Based on tests comparing download speeds on the Rogers LTE network vs. Bell and Telus’ LTE networks within Rogers LTE coverage area. LTE device, LTE SIM and plan required. Actual experienced speeds may vary based on device, topography and environmental conditions, network congestion and other factors. Rogers LTE network available in select Canadian cities. Visit Rogers.com/LTE for coverage.