MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 25, 2016) -

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Rounding out the #My24Hrs campaign on February 29, Microsoft Canada and six inspiring storytellers will collaborate to deliver 24 Acts of Empowerment nationwide on this leap year's extra day.

Earlier this month, Microsoft launched the six-part storyteller series spotlighting real Canadians whose courage and passion empowers them to do more each day using technology. The four-week campaign encourages Canadians to participate in the conversation of empowerment through the hashtag #My24Hrs.

"Inspired by the series, these 24 Acts of Empowerment are wide reaching and involve far more than 24 people. These remarkable storytellers took us on a journey to see how they achieve more, and now with their help, we hope to inspire Canadians to do the same," said Marc Seaman, VP of Education for Microsoft Canada. "At Microsoft, we've always believed in the power of technology and its ability to connect people. We hope this campaign will inspire Canadians to get involved, and to share how they will use their extra 24 hours to empower others."

Aligned with this principle that people can achieve remarkable things when technology is within reach, the 24 Acts of Empowerment centre on technology, education and community and include:

  • Registration drive for Missing Children Society of Canada Most Valuable Network™, allowing users to 'donate' their social feeds in creating the world's first online search party
  • After-school introductory coding sessions featuring Minecraft and TouchDevelop at Boys & Girls Club locations across Canada
  • "Positivity Train" delivering high-fives and smiles to pedestrians and the homeless in downtown Toronto
  • Lunch & Learn session understanding LGBT youth at the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
  • Educator professional development events on diverse learners and creating an inclusive classroom across Ontario

Canadians are encouraged to follow #My24Hrs on Twitter for the complete list of activities taking place this Leap Day and to join the movement by sharing their stories on how technology empowers them to do more.

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.

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