For those of you who are coming along to the Vista Client Beta 1Install Fest I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of the reasons why I designed the event and am spending so much of my time organising it (with the help of the TechNet team and others) for you…


Since joining the IT Pro team a year ago, there have been a few things I have wanted to do… I have had so much support from you, the community that I thought it was time to give something back. To this end I wanted to put on a really cool event that would be fun and interesting – okay I am a Nerd or Geek (take your pick J) at heart and so came up with the idea of the Install Fests. I plan (if you want me to) to take this idea and repeat it for other occasions and maybe across the country ney the world – okay that might be a little ambitious, but I can dream….


A while ago I heard someone speaking and took away from that occasion a simple phrase; “You never stand so tall as when you bend down to help a child”. I have heard this several times since and often wondered how I could stand tall… Then it came to me – a start anyway. There are really 2 things I wanted to achieve when selecting the charities for this event, firstly I wanted to give back to the local community and beyond… I also realise that not everyone can or want to give money, so I ask you all to donate at the event or otherwise to:


The Children’s Miracle Network and help make a difference to the children around us. Here are some facts from their web site…


Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide state-of-the-art compassionate care for all children. They are committed to serving children above all else.

Children's Miracle Network hospitals treat 17 million children each year for every disease and condition imaginable.

Each year, Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide care and services; these non-profit children's hospitals depend on community support.


                Please feel free to make any monetary donation at the event and your contribution will be passed on 100% to the Children’s Miracle Network


Foodpath and help the community. Here are some facts from their website…


            Foodpath collects and distributes over 200,000 kilograms, (450,000 pounds), of food, through its food bank/distribution program each month.

            The distribution program supplies over forty food related programs in Peel, Halton, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, and the GTA.

            Foodpath collects and distributes food and household goods to over 5,500 Mississauga residents each month, of which 50% are children.


                Please feel free to donate any non perishable food items at the event and your contribution will be passed on to the Foodpath


I look forward to seeing you all at the event!