Cyber Seniors – bridging the digital divide and connecting generations through technology

Cyber Seniors’ – “Do you have any technology questions? We can Help!”

Talk to Southampton Rotary Club
by Volunteer Mentor Connor Thomas

The Rotary club was impressed by the enthusiasm and passion shown by a guest speaker last Wednesday evening on helping seniors with technology issues that we wanted to share it with a wider audience.

Connor Thomas, a 19 year old Software Engineering Student at the University of Western, (the grandson of Rotarian Bruce Waechter), gave an inspiring presentation via Zoom about volunteering with Cyber Seniors’.

Cyber Seniors is a non-profit organization jointly funded by the Federal Government and several major companies with the mission “to bridge the digital divide and connect generations through technology”. It originally started as a High School Project in 2009 and through its success became an incorporated non-profit organization in 2015.

Connor is one of many volunteers in the program and he described how the mentors provide hands-on help and training to senior citizens to help improve their computer literacy so that they may be connected.  He shared some of the commonly requested help questions:

  • how to set up a video call with friends and family?
  • how to order groceries and medication online?
  • how to stream movies and news online?
  • how to master a smart phone, iPad, tablet or computer?
  • how to safely play card games online like Euchre, Bridge etc. with friends?
  • How to schedule online appointments with medical professionals over video?

Senior citizens requiring help can either book a session online or call a helpline and an appointment will be scheduled with one of the volunteer mentors for one-on-one help. The website also contains lots of useful information, including webinars and how-to videos. Cyber Seniors’ can be contacted at:

Bruce Waechter said. “In these uncertain times it is vital that we ALL stay connected and this free service is an incredible resource for seniors to successfully navigate the virtual world we now all inhabit.”

Contact Tony Sheard for more information – 519-797-3151