January 21, 2010
For immediate release
MISSISSAUGA – Today local youth, City of Mississauga representatives, and community partners joined in the celebration of Nexus Youth Centre’s reopening in its new quarters on the 2nd floor of Mississauga’s Central Library.
During an open house, youth dropped in to check out their new space, learn about winter programs, and enjoy refreshments, prizes and “grab bags” of goodies.
The event concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Joining Nexus staff were: Councillor Frank Dale, City of Mississauga; Nance MacDonald, General Manager, and Al Cabral, Operations Manager, Square One Shopping Centre; Anne Murphy, Area Manager, Mississauga Central Library; and two local youth who enjoy the services at the Youth Centre.
“We are delighted to be strengthening our partnership with the City of Mississauga,” said Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director, Nexus Youth Services. “This wonderful space in the Central Library enables Nexus to continue providing free drop-in services for youth in a central location that is accessible by transit.”
Mitchell also thanked Square One Shopping Centre for its long-time support to the Youth Centre, presenting plaques of appreciation to Nance MacDonald and Al Cabral.
“With the support of Square One, Nexus was able to offer youth an outstanding drop-in centre for 13 years,” Mitchell said. “Square One provided the space free-of-charge in a prime retail location. The value of that donation to the thousands of youth who used it is priceless.
“Thankfully, when the Square One space was needed for commercial use, the City worked with us to ensure that Mississauga would not have a gap in services for local youth,” Mitchell said.
The Nexus Youth Centre – operated by Nexus Youth Services and closely aligned with Peel Children’s Centre – offers drop-in programs, informal services such as counselling and computer access, and formal programs aimed at developing life skills and healthy relationships. The Youth Centre also encourages youth to get involved in their community through volunteering.
“The Youth Centre has created opportunities for thousands of youth,” Mitchell said. “Reconnecting with family, returning to school, making new friends, finding a job, learning to live independently… these are some of the many achievements of the youth who have used the Centre.”
Mitchell added that the move to Mississauga Central Library will allow for increased access to resources for clients, and will increase awareness of the Youth Centre and its services.
The Nexus Youth Centre receives funding from the United Way of Peel Region, the Region of Peel, the City of Mississauga, and charitable donations from individuals and corporations.
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In photo (l. to r.): Nance MacDonald, Ceri Harnden, Anne Murphy, Al Cabral (behind), Shae Stephenson, Shannon Murray, Councillor Frank Dale, Humphrey Mitchell (behind), Karen Anslow, Gina Coleman.
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