LEE QUESADA's Page on the Web



E-mail: leeq@sympatico.ca
Musical background, 'Angelsong' on the piano by
Ron Michael Adea
(autistic since age 3) www.ronadea.com
(Music background not available in Mozilla Firefox)


Lee at  eVision Assistive Technology Inc. www.evisiontech.ca
(Providing computer software & hardware tutorial to people with visual & other
physical impairment. Lee is with the eVision Training & Technical Dept.)

Lee at Philippine Headline News Online (PHNO)
(Serving OFWs all over the world, since 1997, with free daily Philippine headline
news by email via Yahoo newsgroup)


Lee at her CyberHometown www.paete.org 
(Paete, Laguna, Philippines is Lee's hometown)

ENDNOTES
Lee's current interests

Lee at eVision Assistive Technology Inc. »» Assisting your Vision and Communication for Independence! Registered vendor of assistive high-tech computer devices for the Ministry of Health, Assistive Devices Program (ADP) - 265 Bloor Street East, Suite 1604, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4
Tel. 416-465-4115 Fax 416-465-9115
www.evisiontech.ca


eVision Assistive Technology
From left: Lani Cuevas at salesconsultant; Lenlen at info@evisiontech.ca;
Mark at evisiondirector; Mario at seniorsupport; Cyril at support@evisiontech.ca;
Rose at info@evisiontech.ca;Cynthia at
adminevision


eVision in a DEMO event at CNIB

Lee's  work  with  the  visually  and  physically  challenged..
Lee's testimonial: "Many of my students are visually and hearing impaired; I teach them how to adapt to the assistive hardware & software of today’s computer technology; and as they now use their computers’ Microsoft Office programs, E-mail, Chat Messengers and the World Wide Web, the blind thank me for being able to ‘see’ and the hearing and speech impaired say how wonderful it is to
be ‘talking’ and ‘hearing’ even if it is with a machine.
"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar!" Helen Keller.

Notes & Photos of Lee's students who agreed to be part of this Web page:

Dennis is visually impaired because of acute diabetes. This 40-year-old professional uses ZoomText 9.0 (Magnifier & Reader); Kurzweil 1000 (Scanner & Reader). He likes Web
surfing, burning MP3s and DVD movies.
He connects regularly with CNIB for
visual needs, training in Braille technology, as well as with Ontario govt social services for disability assistance via his new PC.
Star student Theresa, visually  impaired & physically challenged, in wheelchair since birth, Theresa is very bright, very involved with life, independent and very at peace with herself enjoying everyday life with doting husband Peter of 7 years. Theresa does word processing & desktop publishing aiming to be a professional to open a business. 'Mommy Monfero, 83 years old, diabetic, totally blind in one eye, 20% vision left
in other eye learned quickly to use her MS Word to type her 'personal journal' &
uses Excel for her financial tasks. ZoomText reads her emails for her & Kurzweil 1000 scans and reads her postal mail, newsletters, church bulletin and prayer books.
Ping was a Criminal Law professor in RP. He is now retired here in Toronto and uses his PC lay-outing and editing manuscripts. He
authors training books on Philippine Criminology. He burns final copies of his work on CD/DVDs on his Vista desktop and are delivered to the National Book Store in Manila, Philippines where they are published and sold as training books.  He uses ZoomText, Kurzweil, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft
Publisher or his work. Ping  suffers advanced stage of macular degeneration.
Lee with Pamela. Pam is an advanced
Windows user. She has a Vista desktop
and she enjoys social networking on the
'Net everyday on Facebook, Multiply &
 Hi5. Pam is visually impaired and physically challenged. Her assistive software are Kurzweil & ZoomText. She enjoys sharing photo albums on her network of friends and helps beginners around her get used to the computer. Her everyday health permitting, Pam teaches ZoomText and Kurzweil to other residents in her apartment building.
Mommy Monfero checks a hard copy
of a Word document she printed. She is totally a keyboard hotkeys user. She was an accountant in the Philippines and today has a fantastic memory and marked concentration power. Mrs. Monfero is due for her 5-year re-assessment in September with the Ministry of Health, Adaptive Program. We are preparing now for her upgrade to Jaws program. JAWS is a screen reader program for the totally blind individual. Monfero thinks she will like JAWS.

PHOTO OPS:
eVision Learning & Meeting room: Lee & Mark Sta. Ana -TRAINING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM; Photo at farther end to your right: Lee at an annual eVision Xmas Dinner & Achievers Recognition Awards.

eVision Certification Program is launchedLaunching of the training Certification program

Reception room

Gigi and Olive circa 2006Director of Marketing-Lenlen Sta. Ana

 

 

more photos to come..............

This is eVision tech, how  may we help you!

LEE's BACKGROUND: Born in Paete, Laguna, Lee left the peak of her nursing career in 1988 at the University of Toronto and began her 2-year studies in Computer Science. In 1992, an economic recession in Toronto deterred Lee to find a computer job. She, then opted to be full-time caregiver of her autistic baby nephew (Ron Michael who provides music background for this page) and on free times, continued to pursue upgrades and ongoing developments in Microsoft Visual Studio, Windows Serve, Microsoft System Essentials and in the new Web2 technology in Social Networking (circa 2002-2008). Sample of Lee's web design of a homepage for autism: www.ronadea.com

Going back in history, in 1993, she founded the Filipino Community Computing Sector (FCCS) which laid the foundation of a free Information Technology service in e-mail and text based (DOS interface) Web sites to the Filipino community of Metropolitan Toronto in Ontario, Canada. FCCS integrated actively with the Toronto Free-Net - the first e-mail and bulletin board (free) services for all Torontonians which was launched at the Ryerson University, Library, downtown Toronto.

FCCS Internet Seminar at  the  Mississauga Townhall


[Photo at left - The first free FCCS Internet Seminar for the Filipino-Canadian Community in Mississauga held at the city Town Hall]

[Photo below at right - The FCCS group with CFO Deputy Commissioner Cathy Paredes having dinner at Village By The Grange. During Ms. Paredes' visit to Toronto, Lee took her online at her Wellesley Ave apt. desktop PC surfing on the FCCS homepage already online at Toronto FreeNet, then accompanied her to visit the old and only existing Filipino Community Center at that time, the Silayan Community Centre on Parliament St.)

FCCS provided free public service Mini-Internet seminars requested by the Filipino-Canadian community of Toronto. The first one was held at the Mississauga Town Hall and another at the Markham Federation of Filipino-Canadians in Scarborough.FCCS  with  DFA/CFO Deputy Commissioner Cathy Paredes

In 1995, FCCS served as leader of global communications for the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) at the Dept of Foreign Affairs until the appearance of  the dotcom websites (WWW) on the Internet.

In 1995-97, Lee helped pioneered Internet e-mail and websites in the Filipino-Canadian community of Toronto via the newly launched Toronto Free-Net. FCCS was the very first Filipino Information page on the text-based Internet, residing online at the Toronto FreeNet.

The FCCS DOS-based 'homepage' was accessed via telnet (only applicable for Windows 98 users now) at telnet torfree.net. Logon at TFN as "guest" without the quotes and in smallcase. No password required. At the "Your Choice==>" prompt type"go fccs" without the quotes. This opens the virtual door to the 'Tahanan ng Pinoy sa Cyberspace' housing the businesses and various organizations of the Filipino Community in Canada.

Today, FCCS is transformed into the Philippine Headline News Online (PHNO). It started operation in December 1997, a few days after Lee met PHNO's chief editor, veteran journalist Mrs. Sol Jose-Vanzi (click Sol's Link for professional bio). The PHNO website was originally created by Lee's Internet mentor, his nephew, Rey Q. Carolino and has been maintained and developed by Lee every day since the news service launched in 1997. The PHNO newsgroup at "yahoogroups.com" have been serving a limited maximum of 1 thousand subscribers via a click on the Free News-by-Email button at the PHNO homepage. PHNO site itself records 9,440,609 hits (a monthly report from PHNO Webalizer, increasing markedly during the country's elections and typhoons & disasters periods)

PHNO, c/o Sol Jose Vanzi, was granted copyrights by Philippine Star (Philstar.com) courtesy of the late Max V. Soliven (Publisher). PHNO has been a daily PhilStar online user for the past 11 years.

Professionally, for the past 11 years, Lee has been doing contract work as a Certified Computer Trainor to the visually & hearing impaired and physically challenged. She is an associate of the eVision Assistive Technology Inc, an authorized vendor of high-tech Assistive Devices for the Ministry of Health of Ontario. See first part of this homepage.

In 2006 Lee launched her WebDesign&WebDevelopment career, focusing on non-profit orgs and small businesses.

Lee's blog is at http://leeqcanada.spaces.live.com/ - requires a hotmail or Windows Live login


LEE' HOMETOWN
PHNO has a sister web site
:
"Paetenians Home on the Net"

The town of Paete, Laguna is 15-minute drive to Pagsanjan Falls & 45 minutes to and from Manila (without traffic! :-) otherwise takes almost 2 to 3 hours or more in real time)

Paete,
the place to be: (Photo at left, below - Sunset at Paete 'Wawa' Park)
"Between a shimmering lake and a mountain range, there lies Paete--- so serene,
so steeped in excellence it seems like a town encountered only in myth."
by Mona Highley. From the book 'Paete' by Eugenio C. Quesada.

Paete is the Woodcarving Capital of the Philippines & the Town of Sweet Lanzones.

Sunset at Paete 'Wawa' ParkThe Paete website, created by Internet guru, Rey Q. Carolino at www.paete.org instantly gathered hundreds of Paetenians all over the world. Paetenians International, Inc. began a project to computerize the Paete Elementary Schools for "Batang Paete" (school children of Paete).

In 2001 the "AlayComputer" project was launched by the many Paetenians International chapters all over the world, as a lifetime project under the PAETECH Foundation's flagship implemented by a group led by then, former mayor (and present mayor) Hon. Emmanuel Cadayona.

The 3 elementary schools of Paete, Laguna are:
The Paete Elementary School (Central) at town proper
The Quinale Elementary School (Southeast of town proper at Barangay 4)
The Ibaba Elementary School  (between the Public Market and National Highway)
Not too long after, an ancestral lot was donated for construction of the first National High School in Paete, to be called PEQMNHS  (Poten & Eliseo Quesada Memorial National High School)

Photo below is one of Lee's volunteer missions in Paete, when she provided training sessions to  the Paete Elementary Schools teachers, parents and the business community, the basics of the desktop PC and the Internet Multimedia on the World Wide Web. 

Computer/Multimedia/Internet Training with Paete Elementary School teachers
 


The AlayComputer project developmental progress, by date:
Barely 2 years after AlayComputer project began, on January, 2003, the 3 elementary schools
in the small town of Paete are now using  their computer classrooms, where the pupils
(from Grade 4 to 6), teachers and parents enjoy the high-speed DSL (Digetel) Internet connection. Alay Computer's ultimate goal is Internet classrooms for 'BatangPaete' to be incorporated with
the public school's computer curriculum.

On August 1, 2005, the e-Mentoring program of Oracle.com was successfully implemented in the 3
elementary school buildings. Most enthusiastic and devoted sponsor, a Paetenian chemistry professor,
Dr. Angel de Dios
of Georgetown University, Washington, DC, recently volunteered 3 weeks of his summer vacation, training and working with the teachers, pupils, parents and municipal officials in the implementation of the Oracle think.com program and the Internet/WWW technologies. See detailed news at the BatangPaete forum at the Paete Website.

On December 20, 2005,
Paete Elementary School teachers and pupils are now in touch online with
Paetenians abroad (around 400 accounted for) via the very busy Usap Paete forum and Mailing List or Listgroup. Dr. De Dios' Internet Resources Science lessons in the forum are actively used by the teachers and other online science readers on the Paete Website.

A MILESTONE ABOUT TO HAPPEN:
A first public national high school in Paete: the Poten & Eliseo Quesada Memorial National High School (PEQMNHS)

In January 2006:  The very beginnings of the first national high school to be situated in the town of Paete was launched after 2 Paetenians sisters (Menchee Q. Fulgado & Norie Q. Catiis donated their inherited piece of real estate in honor of their parents, whereupon a building is now standing and finishing constructions. At this time the nearest public high school where Batang Paete would go is next town of San Juan, Laguna National High School, about a kilometer away from Paete.

By now Paetenians International members have immediately  extended the AlayComputer project to the new and very first public high school in Paete, Laguna. A big percentage of Batang Paete are from poor families. Where the public high school is tuition-fee-free, families without money still cannot send a child to high school because of required entrance and maintenance school fees.

Thereupon, another Paetenian, Mrs. Saida Cagandahan-Dulay started the $20-Club Scholarship project for outstanding students in the high school. The Club member will sponsor yearly, for a $20 donation to one 'scholar' to start first year high school, and further on. Donations of $20 is renewed yearly. To date the club is sponsoring 300 to 400 scholars every school year.

While the new high school building is being constructed, the first group of First Year class were already holding their classes at the un-used Upper 'Palengke' (public market) building. The students started calling it U.P. (as in the 'dream' educational institution called the University of the Philippines (UP)) and like the Paete General hospital they call PGH :) as in the famous Philippine General Hospital in the capital city of Manila). This sample of fancy (almost wishful) comments are typical of a Paetenian dialect in light conversations among each other called 'sistihan', meaning general and social conversation.

PHOTO:
Below is the first National High School (PEQMNHS) of Paete, Laguna located at the National Highway in Ibaba (lakeside) by the Wawa Park. Left to Right: Students Assembly,
The front of the main building, students going home to the town proper after school
.

February 15, 2007:  To date, in Paete, all 3 elementary schools, the first public high school which is still officially a branch of the San Juan, Laguna Elementary School (pending Dep of Ed accreditation as Paete's first public high school to be named Poten & Eliseo Quesada Memorial National High School (PEQMNHS) and the town municipal building are now on Internet wireless network through assistance from the CISCO team. The network is  maintained by the AlayComputer (BatangPaete) project so ably led by Dr. De Dios who is based at Georgetown U in Washington, DC.

The PEQMNHS website is at http://peqmnhs.tripod.com/ being constructed by Senior students of the high school led by Rene James (Ar-jhay) Balandra (creator, webmaster and moderator of the website). Their CyberPEQMNHS community blog is presently at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peqmnhs/

April 2007: A Milestone realized! The 'Poten & Eliseo Quesada Memorial National High School'
(PEQMNHS)
has been duly accorded its independence and is no longer a branch of the San Juan Elementary School, by the DepEd. The first graduates, the Class of 2007, will receive their diplomas under the banner of  PEQMNHS. Thanks to our Mayor Emmanuel Cadayona's thoughtful action on this matter. And by the way our high school webmaster, Ar-Jhay Balandra is the first class valedictorian.

Lee's current interests are:

THE SCIENCE OF ROBOTICS:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2008/0707-the_future_of_robots.htm


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)
The Internet and the rise of Artificial Intelligence
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sax2emd5VEs

The Study of Software at Stanford University
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omsuTsOmvsc

MUSIC RECORDING ON HARD DISK (SOUND SOLUTIONS)
Roland VS-2480 DVD Video Tutorial Demonstration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vx6JhGwy-k&NR=1

Beatle's Let It Be Piano:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuP-n8C-b7U&NR=1


Beatle's Let It Be Guitar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id0b1QjyDNs&feature=related

Disney:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtb9M0EkLsY&feature=related

Abba Dancing Queen@Roland -28:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZc-mPVh7vM&feature=related

(This page last updated on June 29, 2010)

 

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