About Us – Our Story

The Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Drop-In Centre (DBNC), was founded in 1988 by concerned members of the community to enhance the quality of life of those residing in the Dixie Bloor area.

Located in the Burnhamthorpe Library building, DBNC has been an institution in the Peel region for our timely and responsive service delivery to newcomers, families, youth, children, seniors, and job seekers. All our programs are free of charge and strive to meet the needs of the community.

  • Staff, Volunteers and Our People

    Staff, volunteers, and neighbours work together to identify and discuss issues and concerns, develop and provide services and programs to meet the needs of the community, and promote community participation. Board meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month and are open to the community.

Board of Directors

DBNC would like to thank and acknowledge our Board of Directors, who have guided and shaped our goals and vision for the organization. Their ongoing support has allowed us to successfully serve our community with the integrity it deserves.

Our Board of Directors are:

Rashmi Sheth
Board Chair/ President

Saleem Chattergoon
Vice Chair/ President

Dan Nguyen
Treasurer

Kelly McDonald
Secretary

Gurpreet Jassal
Staying on in an advisory capacity for 1 year

Priya Shan
Member

Nkky Egwuenu
Member

Teresa Landry
Member

Oscar Moody
Member

Kurt Henry
Member – Former Treasurer

Priyanka Sheth
DBNC Executive Director

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Mission

To enhance quality of life with impactful services and engaging programs that build stronger and progressive communities.

Vision

Build a stronger progressive community.

DEI Statement

We uphold and advance principles of diversity, equity and inclusion across the organization – every individual that engages with DBNC feels that their diverse perspectives, experiences and cultures are valued. Safe spaces and opportunities are created for all to voice their thoughts respectfully, to learn and develop a deeper understanding of one another.

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Meet the Team

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Priyanka Sheth
Executive Director
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Priyanka Sheth has been with DBNC as the Executive Director since February, 2021. In her short time with the agency, she has started the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee because she is passionate about creating a culture of belonging. Priyanka has a varied history in the industry, having worked in organizations like Sistering and Family Services of Peel. She is thrilled to continue shaping DBNC’s future with her leadership experience and vision.

Barbara Janik
Employment Manager
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Born in communist Poland, Barbara has previously worked as a Cartographer and in Social Services. She joined DBNC in 1996 as the Employment Manager. The aspect of her job that Barbara most enjoys, is the multicultural mosaic. Barbara is an avid traveler and has seen most of Canada. Those trips were enlightening, but she feels especially lucky that she has “seen” the whole world through her colleagues and clients.

Barbara has 4 grandchildren, who are her life! Her philosophy in life is: “you can have everything you want if you will just help enough people get what they want” by Zig Zigla.

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Gary Gu
Operations Manager – Administration and IT Services
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As the Operations Manager – Administration and IT Services at DBNC, Gary is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all administrative procedures in the office, including managing the IT team, the reception and operational functions of the organization to ensure safety, effectiveness, and efficiency. Gary has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations. He is a strong believer in common sense and team work.

Gary enjoys hiking, skiing, road trip and photography. He lives with his family in the beautiful city of Mississauga.

Hameed Shaheer
Community Health Manager
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Hameed is responsible for managing a diligent and diverse team of Community Health Ambassadors. He successfully led the High Priority Communities COVID-19 Response project in 2021 and 2022. With CHS, he hopes to expand DBNC’s focus to other health needs in the community. Hameed likes to spend his free time reading, hiking, and watching soccer and documentaries. Studying in an international university gave Hameed a chance to meet other international students and scholars from almost all over the world. This has helped him build a strong foundation of cultural understanding and diversity. Hameed believes in respect, social responsibility, and resilience.

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Jonathon Mitchell
Youth Manager
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Jonathon is the Manager of Youth Services. In his current role he oversees the NYCE program, My Play, summer camp, and has a hand in all things youth. Jonathon has a passion for people and has dedicated himself to equity-focused community development with a specialty in youth engagement.

During his now 20 years of serving the public, Jonathon has been blessed with the opportunity to serve many diverse communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Jonathon is highly interested and involved in the arts, and often finds himself tying them into his work.

Lindel Merraro
Settlement Manager
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Lindel has been a part of DBNC for over 15 years! As the Settlement Manager, Lindel oversees a talented, hardworking, and dedicated staff team who always bring their passion to serve their communities to the office with a smile!

In his free time, Lindel loves to fish and play sports. He also enjoys spending time with his family.

Magdalena Diaz
Community and Family Services Manager
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Magdalena manages Family Support Services and Community Engagement – a diverse portfolio! Magdalena is outgoing and feels at home with strangers. She is a person-centered leader who thrives in changing environments. She has been active in community advocacy and activism since her days as a student in high school in Chile.

Magdalena enjoys all expressions of cultures and loves open-air concerts where there is plenty of dancing space.

Maria Ivanova

LINC Manager
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Maria works with a passionate and talented team of LINC instructors and Childcare teachers providing English language training to newcomers to Canada. She feels fortunate and proud that through her 20 + years at DBNC her team helped hundreds of newcomers learn English and settle down in Canada.

Maria is a landscape painter who loves painting Ontario rural scenes. Art has helped her to appreciate the world around her, especially Ontario, where she has traveled and hiked extensively. Maria lives and works in Mississauga.

Prathi Pararajasingam
Outreach and Development Manager
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Prathi oversees DBNC’s fund development, communications, events, and student placement & volunteering portfolios. She enjoys connecting directly with the community and advocating for change. She is dedicated to creating safe spaces for people on the margins.

In her spare time, Prathi enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and creating memories with her loved ones. As a proud Intersectional Feminist, Prathi runs a passion project Instagram account where she curates and recommends great books written by women of colour.

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Suzanne Malone
Human Resources Manager
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Suzanne Malone is the HR Manager and has over 20 years of management experience. After many years working internationally, she is now enjoying non-profit work at DBNC. Suzanne manages all of the HR functional areas such as the employment process, policy writing, health and safety, strategic planning, continuous improvement of service delivery and working together on the management team to influence positive outcomes for the community.

She enjoys reading and researching history, movies and documentaries, cooking, traveling, art galleries, museums, music and cultural events.

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Looking to join our team?

DBNC needs dynamic people like you!

Accessibility Standards

We aim to provide an environment that is accessible and friendly to all our clients.

Our Policy On Accessible Client Service

This policy establishes that goods and services provided by DBNC shall be provided to all community members, including with disabilities, according to the following principles.

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Multi Year Accessibility Plan

This plan was developed to comply with requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005). It will be submitted to the Province of Ontario in accordance with the reporting requirements of the AODA. This accessibility plan outlines the policies and actions that DBNC will put in place to improve full access to and participation in all aspects of the Centre for people with disabilities.

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Let’s talk!

Please contact us if you have questions, concerns, or comments about any of our programs and services by selecting the department you wish to contact from the menu and completing the form. A representative from that program will be in touch with you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!


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