Senior Tech2Go Update!




Tonari Gumi is reaching out to help Japanese Canadian seniors throughout the Lower Mainland learn how to use the popular tablet computers through its new “Senior Tech2Go” (Technology to Go) program. Under this program seniors (55+) are trained to help other seniors to use tablet computers. Senior volunteers will learn how to teach others to connect to the internet, take pictures, send and receive emails.

A log of our activities and information on our tablet classes are available at

Tech2Go-1Senior Tech2Go Volunteer Workshops

We held our first Tech2Go volunteer workshops at Tonari Gumi on May 27 – June 10 (4times). We had a total of eight seniors who participated, learning the basics usage of the tablet (photography, mail sending and receiving, app downloads, printer settings, etc.).

Our participants appeared to have had a really fun time at the workshop! Most of them already knew the basics of tablet use, but we reviewed each step to bring them all up to speed. All of them indicated that they had Tech2Go-2learned new things in the workshops! After the workshops, the participants will become Senior Tech2go volunteer teachers and assistants to share their knowledge. Teaching others is a good form of brain training. If you have a tablet, are using it, and are willing to learn more, you are exactly who we need! We need senior volunteers who are willing to help others!

Our next Senior Tech2Go volunteer workshops are going to held at Nikkei Place in Burnaby, and at the Steveston Community Center in Steveston.

Tech2Go-3In Burnaby:
Place:the Nikkei Home

Date&time:July 7, 14, 21, 27(Tuesdays, 4-times)2:00pm – 3:30pm (1.5hours)

In Richmond:
Place : Steveston Community Center

Date:August 19, 26 (Wendsday, 2-times) 9:30pm – 11:30am (2 hours)

After the workshops, each community center will be able to hold a tablet class or a tablet club. If you want to learn more about how to use a tablet and are willing to teach other fellow seniors, this is your chance! Please check for updates on our website

Anyone interested in building on their own basic skills on using either an Android tablet or an Apple iPad and who are willing to help, please contact Izumi at (604) 687-2172 or e-mail

This program is partially funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.