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Never to old to surf

Benalla's Sheila Burnell proves age is no barrier to surfing the net.

November 9, 2012 4:37am

Sheila Burnell is 91 but has been doing lap top courses at Waminda on how to use a computer.


Sheila Burnell is living proof it’s never too late to learn a new trick.

At 91 Ms Burnell has just completed the Learn Your Laptop Course at Waminda Community House where she learnt everything from sending an email to surfing the net and creating new folders on the desk top.

Participants have learnt how to care for their computer, use Office programs, emails, do internet research and manage documents.

Ms Burnell, from Upotipotpon, was even able to change her desktop background to a picture of her much-loved four legged friend.

OZIBOTS Computer and Administrative Services Kerrie Jones said she enjoyed seeing her students celebrate small achievements.

“We have done so many different things; some people come to us who can’t even turn on a computer so we learn that and others like Sheila do intermediate class where they make and convert tables to graphs on excel,” Ms Jones said.

Ms Burnell can do many of the tasks that are so familiar to the younger generation.

“They had a go with Facebook and Skype,” she said.

Anyone interested in attending classes can contact Waminda Community House for more details.

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