STATEMENT June 2020

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

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
ABOUT Community Conversations
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. 
THINK DIFFERENTLY- SEPTEMBER 2019
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.
OPEN TO CHANGE: PANEL - JANuary 2020
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.
Photo: Courtesy of Bradford Today
The special edition Community Panel in Innisfil was made possible by the support of Innisfil ideaLAB & LibraryCaring ConcertsLexon Law, and Konvo Media
2020-01-29 Open to Change Our Mosaic Liv
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.