Microsoft Canada, Children’s Miracle Network and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids (CLICK) program.

For a child, being in a hospital can be a frightening and isolating experience. The CLICK program reaches over two million children each year and aims to address those issues by allowing patients access to wireless networks, tablet PCs, software, digital cameras, printers, webcams, Xbox 360 consoles and now Kinect for Xbox 360.

Mrs. Laureen Harper watches CHEO patient Olivier Ulysse play with one of the new  Kinect™ sensors for Xbox 360® donated by Microsoft Canada.

At an event held at CHEO and attended by Mrs. Laureen Harper, the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister, Microsoft announced an expansion to the program with the donation of 200 Xbox 360 consoles and Kinect sensors to the 14 Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals that participate in the CLICK program.

Excited members of the CHEO family, including many young patients, gathered at the event to try out the innovative new Kinect units.

CHEO patients (L to R: Tyler Preston, Tyrone Henry, Jacob- Emanuel Doyle, and Kadija Mohamed) play with the new Kinect™ sensors for Xbox 360® donated by Microsoft Canada.

 

(L to R) John Hartman, Children’s Miracle Network, Maureen Jones, CHEO, Gavin Thompson, Microsoft Canada, and Mrs. Laureen Harper.

Although Microsoft has donated technology to CLICK, the program would not be possible without the inspiring commitment of staff like CHEO’s Maureen Jones. As a child life specialist, Maureen leverages the power of play in the treatment and recovery of young patients, and over the past five years she has been at the core of the CLICK program’s success.

In addition to patients and partners, media also joined last week’s event including Metro, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, CBC radio and EMC news.

Microsoft CLICK brings smiles to the faces of hospitalized children from Microsoft Citizenship on Vimeo.

For more information on the CLICK program, please visit www.citizenship.microsoft.ca.

 

Gavin Thompson leads Microsoft’s Citizenship programs in Canada