Those of you who followed Andray Domise’s 2014 election campaign Toronto’s Ward 2 may remember him announcing a plan for Techsdale. Techsdale would help Rexdale-area youth translate their interest in video games and technology into careers and creative skills: instead of just playing games, why couldn’t they learn how to make their own games? In addition to acquiring skills, the kids participating in Techsdale’s programs would build the network and experience they would need to launch careers and businesses in tech. In turn, the technology industry would not only have access to a larger pool of tech-literate talent but it would receive a much-needed boost in its efforts to diversify.
Back then, Andray committed to making Techsdale a reality, regardless of the election’s outcome. So what happened to that commitment? Well, along with Samuel Allemang, Andray applied to be considered for the Centre for Social Innovation’s (CSI) Agents of Change program and was accepted. With this program, CSI provides resources and support for 12 months to help social good enterprises get off the ground. As Andray said in a recent piece by Metro on the Agents of Change program,
“CSI has this excellent track record of incubating organizations. Once you get associated with the CSI brand there’s an air of legitimacy about you.”
In the 2014 municipal election, Andray and his campaign team created an unprecedented amount of interest in Ward 2’s challenges and its future. If you were a donor, volunteer or even just someone who followed Andray’s campaign with interest, make sure you sign up for emails to keep up to date on developments with Techsdale.
Sam and Andray have been working hard to make the most of the opportunities afforded them by the CSI Agents of Change program and will have some exciting announcements to make in the next few weeks and months. Please show your continued support for both them and the people of Rexdale by both following and joining them in this journey to make a difference.