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Microsoft donates $750,000 to spark computer learning

Jason Sinclair sees a new computer media centre as a place of hope along a dreary stretch of Eglinton Avenue.

Jason Sinclair sees a new computer media centre as a place of hope along a dreary stretch of Eglinton Avenue.

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen in our community,” Sinclair said during yesterday’s ceremony to unveil the lab, which has set up shop in the newly renovated Kennedy-Eglinton public library. “If Toronto is an audience, then ProTech Media Centre is the microphone to speak. Let’s have our voices be heard.”

Sinclair, 26, drew loud cheers — upstaging the dignitaries on hand, including Microsoft Canada president Eric Gales and Toronto Mayor David Miller — with his passionately expressed desire that the centre help transform the area.

Funded in part from a $750,000 cash contribution plus software and technology from Microsoft, the centre will offer free courses and workshops for young people in the neighbourhood — everything from computer animation to web design.