First impression of Jennifer Cairns is a woman who is a dynamo full of laughter, enthusiasm, and steady patience. She loves people and she receives tremendous enjoyment from teaching her clients in the use of technology to better their lives.
Her first steps towards the successful entrepreneur she is today started by learning the value of work hard at the age of 15 when she was discovered on the streets of Toronto by a modeling agency. Jennifer attributes the first stirrings of her entrepreneurial spirit to her modeling work.
"As a model, I worked for Canadian magazines such as Flare, Chatelaine and covers for Wedding Bells," says Cairns. "I was shipped off to Milan, Italy at 17 to model for a variety of European magazines and fashion houses."
In the years following, she pursued a variety of endeavours. She became interested in the hospitality industry and enrolled in Hotel Management. She married, bore and raised a child. She contributed her expertise and enthusiasm to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
"What finally led me to teaching," she laughs? "I was working closely with a web developer and I found myself conveying his technical jargon into laymen's terms for the client. This resonated with me and got me thinking that I would make an excellent teacher."
Her parents and their friends certainly agreed. Jennifer started to help them navigate and integrate technology into their lives in order to allow them to use it to their advantage. The realization of the impact she was making in senior's lives, combined with her entrepreneurial know how led her to start Computer Tutor For Seniors.
"And then I spent seven years working daily with people who have all types of learning styles. That allowed me to create teaching techniques that are successful with the senior demographic. Our work together daily reinforced my conviction that technology can help seniors maintain their independence and stay connected with families."
As technology changed, so did Jennifer's business model. As tablets, smartphones and eReaders began to change the way we communicate and do business, a greater number of young men and women started asking her for instruction and help. No longer was she providing computer instruction alone.
That led Jennifer to launch eGurus Technology Tutors.
"We now provide technology training on all devices to the consumer," says Cairns. "And, we're looking for quality people to join our team. We have an out of the box, technology tutoring business and management system ready to go for like-minded entrepreneurs to become an eGuru instructor themselves.
" Chris came over to help me set up my new tablet just the way I wanted it. He was knowledgeable, helpful, attentive, understood my needs. He was professional, courteous and honest. He conducted the session as a tutorial, in a mixture of talent and magic. I am grateful to Chris, and will not hesitate to call upon him again. E-Gurus Technology Tutors have helped me well over the years. I recommend them wholeheartedly. As I recommend Chris, without reservation. Thank you. Nikki Basuk, Victoria, B.C. "
" Steve completed the task of solving my delima that arose from an email I received extremely quickly and resolved my concern completely. As he had some additional time available Steve was also able to teach me how to create new e-mail 'files', which I had been needing for some time, plus he helped me to be knowledgeable about a group of old discs that I had been reluctant to dispose of. Through the process today, Steve displayed the ability of being a very good teacher with exceptional instruction ability. His ability will be helpful in future!!! Tks "
" When I was hired to manage content for Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.?s newly launched blog (Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples?.com), I faced a wall of fear and confusion as I did not have experience working the backend of a website. In one hour, in my home, Jenn broke down the process in a logical, step-by-step format that removed the fear and provided me with the skills and confidence I needed to access the site, insert content, videos, pictures and hyperlink between postings. I highly recommend her as a teacher. Julie Domvile, writer, blog manager "