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    Posted: Jun/27/2011 at 7:06am

Agencies brought together

Under one roof. Community Door officially opened today in the Sussex Centre. The facility brings together 10 human services agencies under one roof. Staff photo by Fred Loek
Julia Le

June 23, 2011

The vision of a place that would bring together critical human services agencies under one roof has become reality.
For three years, Mississauga's Winston Meyer has been working tirelessly with community leaders to breathe life into the idea.
Today, he was overcome with emotion as he officially opened Community Door's two locations in Mississauga and Brampton.
At the 61,000-sq.-ft. Sussex Centre location, across from Square One Shopping Centre, Meyer told guests that June 23 has been etched on his calendar for several months.
"Community Door (is) unique in its ability to bring the shared space model to fruition," said Meyer, a longtime community volunteer who found it frustrating when he had to drive to agencies that were located in remote industrial parks or in someone's basement.
He believed that by bringing various agencies together under the same roof in an accessible location, it would increase their visibility and enable groups to work collaboratively to improve customer service, efficiency and reduce operating costs. Offering social, family, seniors', immigrant and health resources in one spot is crucial, Meyer noted.
"We overcame a lot of adversity, but we were determined that the 400,000 people who are benefiting from human services in Peel and the thousands of people who are employed in human services and the countless volunteers were entitled to have a proper work environment," he said.
Meyer added that an entire community — citizens, corporations, the agencies themselves and government — worked together with vision, intellect, energy and dogged determination to achieve a "phenomenal outcome."  
Community Door's Mississauga location houses the Centre for Education & Training, College Boreal, FAME (Family Association for Mental Health), Peel Children Youth Initiative, Peel Senior Link, Volunteer MBC and United Way of Peel Region.
Meyer will serve as president of the board of directors while Shelly White, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Peel Region, is vice-president.  
Meyer says the centre's 300 employees are already serving 48,000 clients in Peel and they're looking to bring more groups into the shared facility.
Plans for a Caledon location are also in the works.
jle@mississauga.net

(Courtesy of http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/1033225--agencies-brought-together)
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