Thursday, June 29, 2000
London computer whiz-kid already giving back
By CHRISTINA VARDANIS, Free Press Reporter
His elementary school principal says Keith Peiris is "just like any other
Grade 6 student."
But, no matter what St. Bernadette's Catholic school principal Steve Szabo thinks of
Peiris, the differences between the 12-year-old and other pupils his age were obvious at
an awards ceremony yesterday at Northdale elementary school.
He was the only one, for starters, with president and chief executive following his name.
While other pupils received the awards, Peiris presented the first annual scholarship for
computer excellence from his computer design company, Cyberteks Design.
"Northdale was my very first client, so I wanted to give something back," Peiris
The London computer whiz-kid was brought to Northdale principal George Hope's attention
last June when he was profiled in a business magazine for his work with Macromedia Flash
-- a design tool used for computer animation.
"At that point, we were redesigning the school's Web page and it made sense to me to
support a student who had all the qualifications," Hope said.
"I called him and asked if he would take on our Web page. He called me back the next
day with a prototype."
Peiris decided to return the favour with a $100 scholarship donation plus a $150 donation
to the school's library.
"Currently, the amounts are small, but they may go up if the profits of the company
go up," Peiris said.
This year's recipient was Grade 6 pupil Scott Elliot, who designs Web pages in his free
"Scott's heads and shoulders above the other students in terms of computer skills and
innovation," Hope said.
Peiris said St. Bernadette's will also receive an annual scholarship for its educational
support. A cheque for $250 and a plaque will be presented today to Grade 4 student
Since his first deal, Peiris has attracted large-scale clients, including Interep, the
largest radio advertising agency in the United States, and KEWL Threads, a hockey apparel
company founded by Shayne Corson of the Montreal Canadiens and Darcy Tucker of the Toronto
With a busy summer of designing ahead, Peiris said he's looking forward to being able to
spend a full nine-hour day on his company -- a luxury not afforded during the school year.
"Now, the weekends are really the only time I can spend a lot of time on it," he
said. "Depending on whether or not I have hockey."
Previous story: Private sector
holds key to centre
Next story: Ottawa to open up
/ LFP Home / Local News / Sports / Business / Today /
Sunday Look / Opinions / Classifieds/
Weather / Customer
Service / Subscribe / Help
Have a news tip? Call 667-5525,
fax 667-4528, or email us: email@example.com
Copyright (c) 2000 The London Free Press,
a division of Sun Media Corporation.
CANOE home | We welcome
Technical questions? Click here.
Copyright © 2000, Canoe Limited
Partnership. All rights reserved.