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Humber Web Development Faculty and Students launch Community Connects Website
October 03, 2014
For residents of an underserviced area of York Region, accessing social programs and services just got a bit simpler. Humber students Danielle Stirling and Stacey Masson and faculty member Sean Doyle have developed a newly launched website with partner Community Connects, a multi-agency collaborative services hub serving the Markham area.
Since opening the Hub in November 2013, the focus of the Community Connects collaborative has been to increase the accessibility and improve the quality of services for Markham families and individuals. When community coordinator Sarah Fernandes approached Web Development program coordinator Bernie Monette about their website, he wanted to help and began assembling resources to support the project.
“Community Connects has an interesting approach to bring[ing] social services and mental health care to the community,” says Monette, but “they had no budget for a proper website.”
Monette recruited Doyle to lead the project and hired Stirling and Masson with support from Humber’s Developing Activities and Ideas for Research (DAIR) fund. He says that credit should go to Doyle, “who led both the students and the client to a website that is both useful and beautiful.”
“It was a unique challenge for the students,” says Doyle. “Because the website acts as a hub for five different community services, they had to meet the requirements of five different stakeholders, as well as achieve a common objective. Meeting this challenge—and creating a website that will help so many people—was an extremely rewarding project for the students.”
Doyle has received an honorarium from the School of Media Studies & Information Technology in recognition of his service on this project.