Our IT Manager Jason is a nerd - in the best possible way. He doesn’t seek the limelight or glory; instead he focuses his efforts on ensuring our technological environment works efficiently.
He makes sure every computer is optimized, staff are trained on the software installed, does backup upon backup upon backup, and ensures we are connected at all times.
So when we have a nerd like Jason, you trust him implicitly because everything always works. One of his rules is to replace our hardware, particularly laptop computers, on a regular basis. He wants the Greenbelt Team to always perform at their top level and hates when hardware doesn’t scale to needs and abilities. So, as a matter of course, if a laptop is no longer under warranty, and does not meet his efficiency standard, it is replaced.
So what happens with these computers that still function but don’t meet his standard? First he ensures that all proprietary data is cleared and that the installed software does not conflict with licensing agreements. Then he finds a second home for them through a program he initiated where we donate our equipment to small NGOs that do not have the budget to buy new IT equipment to stay on top of the IT curve. For these NGOs, donated equipment, open source software, and discounted software through organizations like Tech Soup are a windfall that can help them better meet their mission.
Yes, Jason may be a nerd. But he is a nerd on a mission to make sure the work the Foundation and our partners do in support of Ontario’s Greenbelt is always at the highest possible standard.