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Jennifer Cairns

Biography of Jennifer Cairns
by Mathieu Powell

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.

Other Accomplishments:

  1. BNI Seaside- Vice President
  2. ElderFriendly Community Network- Online Communications
  3. Computer Tutor for Seniors- Founder
  4. eGurus Technology Tutors- Founder
  5. Member of Forum of Women Entrepreneurs- Mentorship Program Participant
  6. islandwoman.ca - Contributor

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  • " As we are two retired Seniors who have had very "people oriented" careers in the past, it was a breath of fresh air to have Tina come to our home, got right down to tutoring, didn't speak "down" to us (altho we are anything but computer wise), was focused on one subject at a time, was thorough in her assuring we understood and kept her excellent sense of humour throughout the short 1.5 hours she was with us. There is no hesitancy in our referring her to anyone - young or old - who need that understanding and loss of fear of in enjoying the computer. We WILL refer eGurus to all in our complex of 235 (Senior) Homes. Glad we had her ! Murray and Jeanette Elsom, Summergate Village, Sidney, B.C. P.S. (We would be happy to speak to anyone who would like to hear from a Satisfied Pupil.) *please contact the office for client's contact information "

    Jeanette E, SIDNEY - July 2013

  • " Tina came in to my home to give me a wonderfully comprehensive tutorial that showed me how face book works and what it has to offer. Rather than talking in the abstract, she opened her own face book to guide me through its many facets and opportunities. Her demonstraton showed me exactly what I wanted to know and how face book worked. Her description was concrete, very knowledgeable and easy to follow giving me the information I needed to make a decision. On her second visit, I asked for some technical help with difficulties I encountered on my aging Mac computer. Here too, her work and accompanying descriptions and comments were just what I needed. Easy to follow, yet technical enough to cover the points that were bothering me. She also had excellent advice about the need to keep in mind that an update of my equipment might be needed in the not too distant future. Her advice on this matter, too, was clear and easy to follow though still technically well-informed. I have no hesitation in recommending Tina's services to any computer user for in-house service, be that customer well experienced or more needy as I tend to be. Anne D. Forester PhD. "

    Anne F, Victoria - July 2013

  • " Approximately six years ago I met Jennifer, owner of Computer Tutor for Seniors. Why did I meet her in my home? Like so many seniors, I was having a challenge learning this PC computer that the family go t me for Xmas. I was used to my small desktop Apple and was having a wicked time trying to learn the PC computer that I did not want. Of course my family assure me that they would me adjust to the PC. HA! HA! Not long after Xmas, I received another gift of a FEW computer lessons from Jennifer. I tried my best to adapt, but Jennifer was very observant and recognized that I was going nowhere. Hence, she suggested that maybe I should put the PC aside, since I hated it, and purchase an Apple Mini. So, I bit the pocket book and Jennifer went to a small Apple computer company and purchased for me a somewhat simple system. By the time she had assessed my computer skill and know what I needed. For anyone having a hearing challenge, Jennifer is the person to hire. I had purchased a huge blank book and she happily wrote down EVERY instruction that she verbally gave me. For me, that was very important because I don’t retain instant information. As a senior, I know very well that there are many more persons like myself who just let things fly right on by..(That could be song for seniors, eh?) I can honestly say that she has the PATIENCE of Job in going over and over and over the same things again and again. That’s why having her write the instruction in her own words has been a tremendous aid. I highly recommend Jennifer Cairns to anyone who is timid to grab this rather new method of communication by the ears and go for it! You can’t be left behind the times. Just bit the bullet and call Jennifer for assistance and get over your fears of this new age machinery. Dorothy Liptrot "

    Dorothy L, - April 2013


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