“Dad, We Have to Do Something”
A simple statement like this from Nathan Demchuk’s 19-year-old son kicked off Quantum Internet Solutions’ support for the Ukrainian Safe Haven project.
Located at the former Grouse Nest Resort in Sooke, BC, the Ukrainian Safe Haven will be a refuge for up to 100 Ukrainians from Donbas, Kharkiv, Mariupol, and other cities on the front lines of the conflict.
Brian and Sharon Holowaychuk purchased the Grouse Nest Resort in 2021, intending to renovate the resort to its original 1900s style to host charity events, festivals, and art. With Ukraine now locked in war, the resort has been repurposed as a non-profit organization called the Ukrainian Safe Haven. Brian and Sharon are donating the resort space, while local businesses, including Quantum Internet Solutions owned by Nathan Demchuk and Donna Osland, are donating time, expertise, and materials to turn the resort into a real safe haven.
Both of Ukrainian descent, Nathan Demchuk and Brian Holowaychuk have been friends for decades. As the owner of Edmonton’s Axe Music, Brian provided Nathan with audio equipment for his DJ business. Nathan’s grandfather immigrated to Canada from Odessa in 1935 and lived 40 kilometers outside of Stony Lake, Alberta. Nathan still has family in Ukraine, and sadly his cousin was killed during the defense of Mariupol.
At the Ukrainian Safe Haven, the main building will house approximately 30 families with other buildings being upgraded and portables or trailers brought on-site to house the remaining people, as they arrive. The first Ukrainian refugees will arrive around May 9th.
Quantum Internet Solutions is donating a complete technology package to the Ukrainian Safe Haven. Residents will be given free IP TV to get Ukrainian news in real-time as well as internet access, onsite WIFI, and voice calling. Quantum is contributing all hardware, installation, and 24×7 support. Turnium Technology Group, Inc., is donating Turnium’s software-defined wide area networking technology (SD-WAN). Turnium’s technology allows Quantum to deliver faster internet speeds and more reliable service to the Ukrainian Safe Haven.
Founded by Nathan Demchuk and Donna Osland, Quantum Internet Solutions started in Leduc, Alberta, in 2018. Quantum opened its Nanaimo office in 2020, leaving their eldest son to run Quantum Leduc. In both BC and Alberta, Quantum focuses on delivering rural connectivity and telecommunications to underserved communities, providing services for businesses up to 1,000 mbps and for residential users up to 1,000 mbps, more than enough to enable the entire family to use the internet at the same time for school, entertainment, and business. Quantum also provides Internet of Things (IoT) services to customers, in one instance, enabling a farm to automate its entire milking and quality management process. Quantum also provides secure access solutions, including biometric, card-based, and RFID options to secure facilities management systems.