The GEO Project was developed in direct response to the pandemic lock-down in March. It was apparent that individuals who did not have home internet access were being excluded from critical information, services, and connections that most of us take for granted. Before long, it became clear that the need for home internet access was not going to go away, even after the pandemic is over. Nothing like the GEO Project exists in Nova Scotia, or anywhere else to our knowledge.
By providing home internet access, computers, webcams, and even headsets, the GEO Project is literally giving people what they need to access invaluable services and supports that are available online. Some clients have school-aged children who can now access online resources like their peers. One client can now rejoin Halifax Humanities, another can teach ESL for ISANS again. Clients are able to see their workers face-to-face over zoom instead of over the phone
GEO is opening the door to them and many other local, national, and international resources. Social connections are being made and reinforced
The GEO Project is founded on partnership and collaboration. The Public Good Society, in concert with several other organizations, moved quickly to create a network of partners to provide internet service to homes that can’t afford it, including hardware when required. This is a challenge faced by thousands of households in Nova Scotia. To develop a framework that can respond to that challenge and leverage the knowledge and relationships of community partners is very exciting and something all participants are proud of. Receiving this award means more people can be helped, and perhaps more importantly, it can help raise awareness of the critical need for people to be connected, here and across the province
2020 Nova Scotia Invisible Champion Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Note: The pandemic led to Special Covid Awards being designated. If awarded, they are marked with a (C) in the Table above.
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Venue: Province House and various venues virtual event
Remarks: Hon. Premier Stephen McNeil
MC: Former Lt. Governor Myra A. Freeman CM ONS MSM
Awards Presentation: Sara Napier, CEO, United Way Halifax
Attendees: Senators Hon. Frances Lankin, Hon. Linda Frum, Hon. Robert Black, Hon. Kim Pate, MP Hon. Andy Filmore,Hon. Gary Burrill, Leader of the NDP, MLA Susan Leblanc, MLA Tim Halman. Hon. Margaret McCain
Autism NS receiving their trophy