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Epson Workforce 840

Best Tools for Schools is thrilled to have tested the new Epson Workforce 840 all-in-one printer for small businesses. It’s a WORKHORSE! We can’t get over how fast it is, printing thousands of letters to parents for us at lightening speed. We could scan, print double sided-colour copies and fax from it. We were even printing documents from our iPhone’s using it’s wireless technology. Pretty cool for two mom’s that aren’t exactly tech savvy.  On a personal note, Candace scanned in hundreds of old pictures into her computer and loved the restore photo capability. Intuitive and user friendly, the Epson Workforce 840 is a great addition to any small business!

We’d like to thank Epson Canada for allowing us to test this printer out. We’ll be using the Epson for all our printing needs from now on.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Today we shut our warehouse down and officially closed the door on the assembly part of our business for yet another year. We are riding a wave of goodwill right now from our many customers who wrote to tell how pleased they were with our service and to thank us for giving them back those last few days of summer.

2010 was an exciting year for us and we’d like to share a few stats with you:

  • Between customer purchases and donated kits we assembled 4,431 kits. That’s almost triple the amount of kits we did in our first year. We couldn’t be more pleased and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your business.
  • We helped our schools raise just over $10,000 this year.
  • We recycled a total of 1,500 pounds of cardboard
  • We sold 48,651 Staedtler pencils. That’s a lot of math.
  • We loved that Junior Academy Private School in Toronto adopted Harmony Public School in Oshawa as a sister school and helped them with much needed supplies this year. We are hopeful we can continue this initiative with other private schools in 2011.
  • We garnered great media attention this year in The Globe & Mail, CTV CanadaAM, Today’s Parent, Canadian Living, Durham Region Metro, Montreal Gazette,, ‘A’ Morning Ottawa, and CBC Evening News.

We’re going to take a couple of days off now and wander aimlessly through Homesense. We’ll be back at it next week, planning and strategizing for 2011. We value your feedback and invite you to please share your thoughts with us at

If you’d like our program at your school for next year we’d be happy to discuss how easy it is. All our contact information can be found here.


Candace & Laurie

Around the Office: BTFS co-owner on the cover of iRun Magazine

photo credit: CL Buchanan Photography

We are happy and proud to see Best Tools for Schools co-owner and Yummy Mummy Club blogger Candace Derickx on the cover of the June issue of iRun Magazine.

The article features an interview with YMC founder Erica Ehm who directly mentions Candace and discusses the importance of running in many mom’s lives.

Congratulations on the magazine cover.  Best Tools for Schools is proud of the work being done in and out of the office.

For the full article, click here.


Candace also blogs for
the Yummy Mummy Club!