Founder and General Manager of KATS Sy Silverberg, is a retired physician. At age 72, he and his wife Catarina wanted to give back to their community and so they started their own non-profit society to provide children in poor financial circumstances with an opportunity to play tennis for free.
Board of Tennis BC presents Sy Silverberg with 2014 "Excellence Award"/KATS
Sy wanted to help these children foster physical, emotional, and social well-being. He believed in setting kids up for success so that they can develop a sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Physical activity would also provide significant benefits in a society where childhood obesity is climbing at an alarming rate.
Besides free equipment and instruction, KATS employs the Tennis Canada “progressive tennis” approach. KATS uses age-appropriate racquets, courts, and balls because adult-intended equipment can be overwhelming and frustrating for younger people to use. Sy believes that this will help build their confidence, especially for those who are not “natural athletes”.
Through their partnership with local community centres and inter-cultural centres, KATS has instructed 112 kids and conducted 97 hours of lessons in their first spring and summer of operation. Sy plans to work with six lowest-income schools in the near future and anticipate that close to a 1000 kids will sign up with KATS next spring.
For more information on Society for Kids at Tennis, visit them at kidsattennis.ca.
Canadian Web Hosting is a leading managed hosting company that specializes in hosting business and enterprise-class clients. One of only a few SAS70 Type II and CICA 5970 certified service providers in Canada, Canadian Web Hosting delivers a secure and scalable service delivery for a diverse range of companies throughout Canada.
This is the 12th annual conference, which will feature some key note speakers, including VP Sales of Samsung Canada Enterprise Business Geoff Coutts, Principle Architect at Kaseya Dana Epp, and Blackberry Developer Evangelist Manny Elawar.
There will be networking receptions, vendor sessions, and a chance to meet customers from a wide range of business backgrounds.
We’re excited to meet everyone there, send us a tweet to meet up!
With an increase in online business trends, a company’s digital infrastructure should be beneficial to your business and not interfering with its growth. A strong framework is therefore essential to a business’ performance.
Learn the qualities of a good digital infrastructure:
1. Have options.
Your employees should have multiple ways of accessing business applications. With a soaring number of portable electronics being used, employees should have the ability to access their work applications on their phones, tablets, laptops, etc. This increases the rate of communication internally and with customers.
2. Have multi-media applications.
Business applications should be able to handle any type of communication, not just text-based. Think of videos, voice, and other data that could be easily passed between employees and with other businesses and clients.
3. Allow for collaboration.
Increase productivity by using applications that allow for collaboration in real time. Employees that can view and edit projects together save time and get better results.
Understand your current digital infrastructure:
1. Know what your current infrastructure can and cannot do.
Do you know what components you have and whether are necessary?
2. Employees need to know how to use it.
Your employees should have a clear understanding of how to use your digital infrastructure.
3. Think about your physical limitations.
The digital infrastructure needs to be able to handle the environment it is in, such as extreme weather conditions. And when problems arise and employees can’t physically get to work, they need to be able to access your digital infrastructure remotely. Customers also need to be able to get in touch for support.
How to improve your digital infrastructure:
1. Ask your employees and customers.
Find out what they think is missing. Employees and clients are the ones using your infrastructure and providing business.
2. Modify applications and come up with your own if necessary.
Find what’s right for your company and tweak it to make it perfect.
3. Virtualize it.
Use business applications that are accessible outside of your office. Store these systems on a remote server. Virtualizing also helps save you money by lowering support cost.
4. Be up to date.
Consult IT professionals and stay on top of your game. Don’t be spending money and time on developing applications that are soon out of date.
Canadian Web Hosting visited Union Gospel Mission on Tuesday. Some of our staff spent the morning doing some hands on volunteering in their kitchen.
Matt C., Kings W. and Sheila W. working hard to prepare lunch for residents and staff.
Union Gospel Mission is an urban relief organization with locations spread throughout Metro Vancouver. The organization aims to overcome poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The facility we visited is located in Downtown Eastside, an area that is noted for high level poverty, drug use, sex trade, crime and violence. Senior Development Officer Nicole Robson took us on a tour of the building and explained that there are many people who live and die within those eight city blocks of Downtown Eastside and never have the opportunity to leave the area their whole life. UGM’s aim is to help this group of individuals overcome their situation by providing them with basic needs of food and shelter, and then provide assistance and education to help alleviate their poverty and addictions.
Our donations and support to UGM helps provide for men, women, and children alike. Services include outreach, emergency shelter, alcohol and drug recovery programs, affordable housing, and much more.
We had an amazing experience working alongside the friendly staff and we look forward to visiting again in the following months.
AURO's Regional Sales Director Chloe Tottem with CEO and Founder of Cloudscaling Randy Bias
OpenStack is a free and open-source software cloud computing platform that began as a joint project between NASA and Rackspace. It is currently managed by OpenStack Foundation and more than 200 companies have joined the project, including AMD, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, Mirantis, Oracle, VMware, and Yahoo!.
In April this year, OpenStack Foundation launched its ninth milestone release – Icehouse. Its focus is on testing and stability, as well as compatibility with third-party hardware and software configurations. It now supports 16 international languages. Icehouse’s core element, “Trove”, was promoted alongside other new programs that will be providing users with more options to plug into their cloud. These include OpenStack Bare Metal (Ironic), OpenStack Messaging (Marconi), and OpenStack Data Processing (Sahara).
Canadian Web Hosting and AURO attended OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014 on Tuesday, September 16th. It featured influentials from the OpenStack community, including the likes of CEO and Founder of Cloudscaling Randy Bias, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation Jonathan Bryce, and Senior Technical Director at Mirantis Greg Elkinbard. It has been a big year for OpenStack, with new releases intending to make cloud services more user-friendly and simple to implement. Companies are also working on the OpenStack backend for compatibility with other cloud services.
Founded in 2014, AURO, a Canadian Web Hosting company, is powered by OpenStack and is Canada’s only Enterprise-grade Public Cloud service. It was created for users that could benefit from a highly scalable and agile environment for hosting needs. One single dashboard allows customers to create, control, and deploy cloud infrastructures and keep their data within Canada. It has the ability to rapidly provision and achieve repeatable results. Paired with a high level of security and easy integration with new technologies, AURO helps enterprises, businesses, ISPs, developers, and Telco’s to cost-effectively manage a multitude of web sites and applications in Canada’s first enterprise public cloud.