Computer Literacy Keeps Seniors Connected in Princeton

In a digital world where most people turn to technology and the web to connect, many seniors are left feeling disconnected.

That is not the case for seniors in the community of Princeton, though, who are keeping connected online thanks to the Princeton Leaders for Literacy Society’s (PLFL) Human Upload computer skills program.

First West Foundation was pleased to provide a Valley First Community Endowment grant of $8,350 to the society to ensure the program continues to be offered free of charge to seniors, many of whom live on a fixed income.

 “Seniors often feel left out and isolated by the swift changes in technology. With our computer literacy program, we are working hard to bridge that gap,” says Dierra Maynard, PLFL literacy outreach coordinator. “Especially in a rural community, it’s harder for seniors to connect and find resources to learn new technology.”

The Human Upload offers four two-week beginner computer skills courses for approximately 40 seniors. Participants learn about email set-up and use, web browsing and research, document and photo management, online banking, online fraud, basic computer care and maintenance and information privacy.


Not only does the program provide the technology skills to stay connected, but it teaches seniors how to stay protected online too. When the course is completed, PLFL provides participants with a variety of volunteer opportunities and encourages them to mentor other seniors and share their knowledge.  The domino effect extends to at least 80 other seniors, spouses, friends and volunteers.  

“Seniors are thrilled to learn about technology in a safe, friendly environment focused specifically for them,” says Maynard. “The program works at their pace and leaves lots of time for questions.”

Through partnership with the local Okanagan Regional Library branch, an ongoing one-on-one tutoring program for people of all ages in need of technology training is being offered as well.

“Keeping people and communities connected has always been at the core of our credit union values,” says Seline Kutan, executive director of First West Foundation. “We are happy to contribute to improving computer literacy for seniors in Princeton, in turn ensuring all community members are connected and included.”

About Princeton Leaders for Literacy Society

Princeton Family Services is the non-profit society that stewards Princeton Leaders for Literacy Society, so PLFL is able to operate and apply for grants as a non-profit. PLFL’s mission is to enhance the literacy skills of the residents in Princeton, focusing on inclusiveness.

Media Contact:
Dierra Maynard, PLFL Literacy Outreach Coordinator
t: 1-250-295-5560