Beyond day-to-day racism, the frequent news of traumatic events towards and involving Black people is very painful. Our Black community is suffering and it’s past time to make change. 

As Black people, active in our community,  we are unequivocal in working towards challenging and dismantling systemic and anti-Black racism in all its forms in Canadian society. 

We hope that you will stand with us on this journey and break the silence, as the work is not ours alone to accomplish.  #BlackLivesMatter #EndAntiBlackRacism #GeorgeFloyd #ChristianCooper  #RegisKorchinskiPaquet #DimarjioHoudiniJenkins

Reflections on Change - JUNE 2020
Guest Candace Daniel, Broadcaster & News Anchor, shares commentary and lived experiences through her lens as a journalist, Black woman and mother.  "Both COVID and Black Lives Matter have forced us to check our blind spots; served as mirrors for us to see where we are lacking—societally and individually—in terms of understanding, compassion, empathy, and education. I’m in it with you." —Candace
Host Michèle Newton reflects on change with Candace Daniel in Community Conversations on June 15, 2020.
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Hosted by Making Change this experiential business panel focused on how to include diversity in the workplace. Five Black women professionals shared their lived experience, contributions to their respective fields and ideas to attract diverse talent to Simcoe County. ​Panelists included Stephanie Gourlie, Alicia Samuel, Claudine Cousins and Wendy Vincent. Moderator Shelly Skinner and co-host Michèle Newton of Our Mosaic Lives. Community Partners  included: Barrie Chamber, Sandbox Centre, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, and XcelerateHER

BETTER TOGETHER - February 2020
Global citizen and thought leader Titi Akinsanmi shared her perspectives, experiences and ideas central to connecting and building community.  
Aligning with Black History Month - honouring the contributions of Black Canadians, past and present, we explored the concept of "better together", or ubuntu, a catalyst to inclusion. 
Local activist, comedian and changemaker Andrea Murray shared her recent journey uncovering personal biases and challenging white privilege. Hear why she embarked on the journey, how her life changed along the way, and what the future holds for her and others who are willing to think differently and to do the work contributing to making the world a better place.
Let's embrace diversity and live inclusively. Open to Change is a community panel moderated by Michèle Newton. Panellists included Keisha-Ann Shaw Hill, Innisfil lawyer and business owner; Errol Lee, singer, songwriter and Caring Concerts founder; and Kiara -an Innisfil high school student. The panellists shared their lived experiences and perspectives on embracing diversity and inclusion being open to change.
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The special edition Community Panel in Innisfil was made possible by the support of Innisfil ideaLAB & LibraryCaring ConcertsLexon Law, and Konvo Media
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One Step Forward- JUNE 2019
One step forward is a simple way to move beyond just recognizing diversity toward inclusion. Guest Irfan Toor, Principal of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with the Simcoe County District School Board joins host Michèle Newton of Our Mosaic Lives for a live discussion. From his own lived experiences to student and educator perspectives on diversity and inclusion, we learn how, together, we can work toward inclusion as our new norm.
Diversity & Inclusion - March 2019
Diversity and inclusion - how far have we really come? Join facilitator Beth Foster for a conversation about Our Mosaic Lives, Michèle Newton's personal "Back to Black" journey. Through her own and her participants' lived experiences, Michèle shares insights and ideas around diversity and inclusion. In partnership with Barrie Public Library.
Mon. Sept. 28,  7:30-8:30 pm
@Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley St., Barrie ON.
Manon Heran, a high school teacher in the Catholic School Board, shares her insights into and motivation behind her more than 15-year long journey engaging students in explorations of inclusion and diversity.
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Created and facilitated by Michèle Newton, the Our Mosaic Lives quarterly Community Conversations series candidly explores the intersection of identity, diversity and inclusion.
In partnership with Barrie Public Library, the Barrie series is made possible by the sponsorship of AMICA Little Lake and support of Allegra Marketing & Printing and Konvo Media
Community Conversations live will return Sept 25. 2020
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