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Jun 25, 2012

CompTIA Canadian IT Service and Support Community Targets Two Groups with Latest Round of Charitable Giving

Downers Grove, Ill., June 25, 2012 – Two Canadian technology-related organizations are among the latest recipients of financial donations from the member communities of CompTIA, the leading non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry.

CompTIA today announced donations of $5,000 each from its IT Services and Support (Canada) community to the Kids Internet Safety Alliance (Kinsa) and the Community MicroSkills Development Centre. Money for the donations comes from the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA.

This is the second consecutive year that CompTIA member communities have provided financial support to deserving IT-related groups. So far in 2012, the CompTIA member communities have donated $40,000 to 10 organizations in Canada, the United Kingdom and United States.

Kinsa helps to protect, rescue and heal child victims of abuse whose images are shared on the Internet. The organization works with Canadian law enforcement agencies and other partners to train police officers in developing countries, giving them the expertise to find and rescue vulnerable, unidentified children.

“We feel it is our obligation as senior leaders in the IT industry to assist in trying to eradicate this very serious problem that plagues society today,” said Jeff Priestman, vice president of services, Compucom Canada Co. and chair of CompTIA’s Canadian IT Services and Support Executive Forum. “It is important to our members that we make a difference and have an impact. Every one of us can relate to the challenges surrounding this critical issue and so it is with heartfelt vigor that we embrace and support the valuable work that Kinsa is doing to help protect children everywhere from online exploitation.”

The Community MicroSkills Development Centre serves communities in Toronto and surrounding areas by providing settlement, employment and self-employment services to individuals, with priority given to the needs of immigrants, youth, minorities and low-income women.

"The CompTIA donation to MicroSkills will give hope to some of Toronto's most disadvantaged residents," said Lisa Wright-Finnegan, vice-chair of CompTIA’s Canadian IT Services and Support Executive Forum and business partner service program manager, IBM Canada Ltd.

"Technology is perhaps the most efficient and effective tool to help individuals become more self- reliant and integrated into their community,” Wright-Finnegan continued. “Our members applaud the work that MicroSkills performs at a community level as they assist at risk-youth and low income women gain IT skills to help build better lives for themselves and their families.”

CompTIA Member Communities form the foundation of the association’s initiatives, programs, education and research. These member-driven groups collaborate to advance specific technologies, vertical markets or business segments that are vital to the IT industry. CompTIA Community members include IT professionals, vendors, distributors and thought leaders who work together on the issues and programs that will shape the future of the IT industry.

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Steven Ostrowski
Director, Corporate Communications