Square One Youth Centre gets a makeover thanks to support from McKesson Canada, The Home Depot, & the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

February 8, 2008
For immediate release

Mississauga – Square One Youth Centre, a program of Nexus Youth Services, reopened its doors this week, welcoming youth and community partners to the centre’s fully renewed space located in Square One shopping centre.

The youth centre, operating in space donated by Square One shopping centre, had become rundown as a result of very heavy use by more than 1,500 youth each year. But with financial and voluntary contributions from several partners, the youth centre has been completely refurbished with new flooring, paint, a kitchenette, furnishings and computers.

”Thanks to the generous support of the McKesson Foundation, The Home Depot, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Square One shopping centre and Peel Children’s Centre, we have been able to transform Square One Youth Centre into this inviting and functional facility for local youth,” said Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director, Nexus Youth Services.

Attending the re-opening celebration were representatives of the funders and volunteers who made the project possible.

“McKesson Canada is very pleased to have had this opportunity to support the youth who count on Square One Youth Centre for counselling, group services and drop-in activities,” said Jeff Faria, Vice President and General Manager, Ontario, for McKesson Canada. “It is gratifying to see the youth making such good use of the furnishings and computers purchased with McKesson Canada’s grant to Nexus Youth Services.”

Through its Regional Grants Program, the McKesson Foundation allocates funds to non-profit organizations that assist children and youth in the areas of health and education. This unique program allows McKesson Canada employees who volunteer with local organizations to bring forward projects that they are working on.

Genaia Wilson, manager of The Home Depot on Argentia Road, said, “Giving back to the community is one of our core values at The Home Depot. We are very proud that 15 employees at our store donated their personal time as members of our Team Depot volunteer force to repaint Square One Youth Centre. It is truly rewarding to see the dramatic difference this renovation has made to the youth centre.”

Through an extensive community relations program, The Home Depot reaches out to the communities where its associates live and work with philanthropic and volunteer support. Team Depot builds and refurbishes playgrounds, ice rinks, community gathering places, affordable and transitional housing, and communities affected by a natural disaster.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services, which funds the counselling program at Nexus Youth Services, provided one-time funding to enable Nexus to complete the refurbishment. As well, Peel Children’s Centre – the children’s mental health centre serving Peel Region and the “sister” agency to Nexus Youth Services – donated staff support to the project.

The United Way of Peel Region and the Regional Municipality of Peel fund the operations of Square One Youth Centre.

“This refurbishment is an outstanding example of how a community can come together to make a worthwhile project happen,” Mitchell said. “After securing the initial grant from McKesson Foundation, we approached other partners until we had the resources needed to give the youth centre the thorough makeover it needed.

“On behalf of the youth we serve, thank you to all who so generously provided time and funds to the renewal of Square One Youth Centre,” said Mitchell.

Information:  Mora Thompson
Manager, Corporate Communications and Development

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