February 20, 2004

2004 edition of YorkLink

A Community Services Directory now available
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York released the 2004 edition of its community services directory at Regional Council yesterday.  YorkLink: A Community Services Directory provides comprehensive information on nearly 700 community service providers and related government agencies in York Region. This includes local family support groups, senior citizens' programs, child care centres, government offices and youth programs.
"Our fifth edition of YorkLink has been expanded to include over 65 previously unlisted agencies, several of which offer services related to supporting residents with disabilities," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.
Launched in 2000, the printed version of YorkLink is distributed to community service providers, libraries, community information centres, school boards and local municipal offices throughout the Region.
"YorkLink provides residents with centralized information to community services in York Region," said Marg Campbell, Executive Director, Pathways for Children, Youth and Families.  "It is also an invaluable resource for our agency to reach other human services providers in York Region." 
The Directory is also accessible online through the York Region Web site at www.region.york.on.ca by clicking on "YorkLink" at the top.  The on-line version is updated regularly, providing the most up-to-date community services information.  Users can search by key word as well as agency name, subject and area served.  Printable maps are available, as well as translation services in nine languages: French, Cantonese/Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Italian, Farsi and Urdu.
A printed copy of YorkLink is available free of charge by calling the YorkLink Help Desk at (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, extension 2151 or e-mailing yorklink@region.york.on.ca   Community service providers not currently listed in the Directory are invited to call (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, extension 2101 to discuss submission requirements.
Note to Media:  A jpeg file of the YorkLink cover is available upon request.
Contact:   Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238
- Email: wendy.lewis@region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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